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Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club names head golf professional and membership director

Club in Surprise, Ariz., with a Nicklaus Design golf course that is expected to open for member and daily-fee play in January, welcomes Brenton Caruthers as head golf professional and Hanna Atkins as membership director

Scottsdale, Ariz. (December 10, 2020) – Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club, a new semi-private club currently under development in Surprise, Ariz., is pleased to welcome Brenton Caruthers as head golf professional and Hanna Atkins as membership director. The 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course is scheduled to open for member and daily-fee play in January 2021.

Sterling Grove's Brenton Caruthers
Brenton Caruthers

Caruthers comes to Sterling Grove from Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. where he served as an assistant golf professional. Prior to Troon North, he was the general manager at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo. Caruthers has 10-plus years of experience in the golf and hospitality industries, serving in various positions including outside service, sales and marketing and golf operations. A graduate of Missouri State University, he is a Class-A member of the PGA of America.

As membership director, Atkins will lead Sterling Grove’s new member sales, onboarding and connection activities. A graduate of the Northern Colorado University, Atkins earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications while competing on the University’s women’s golf team. She is currently in the midst of obtaining her LPGA certification and has three-plus years of golf and hospitality experience. Prior to her new position at Sterling Grove, Atkins served as a guest services platinum host at Top Golf in Glendale, Ariz.  

Sterling Grove's Hanna Atkins
Hanna Atkins

“We are thrilled to welcome Brenton and Hanna to Sterling Grove as we build our team in preparation for our opening in January 2021,” said Ryan Stemsrud, general manager, Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club. “Brenton and Hanna both share a passion for providing members and guests with a first-class experience and will be incredible ambassadors for the club and community.”

Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club is managed by Troon and is the centerpiece of the 780-acre Sterling Grove Toll Brothers luxury lifestyle community. The staff-gated, luxury resort community will encompass 2,200 homes and includes both all-ages and active adult neighborhoods, an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, and a modern ranch-inspired clubhouse with restaurants, spa, fitness, tennis, pools, and pickleball slated to open late summer/early fall of 2021. According to Nicklaus Design, the concept for the golf course is to showcase features from the golden age of golf architecture, providing golfers with a very playable and enjoyable golf course. Incorporating design and architecture from some of Arizona's most iconic neighborhoods, the community will include trails, parks, fishing, community gardens, pet friendly parks, and many new and innovative community amenities.

Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club will ultimately become an exclusive private club reserved for members and their guests. When the course opens in 2021, and for a limited time as the Sterling Grove community builds out, the club will be open to daily-fee and unaccompanied non-member play.

In partnership with Toll Brothers and Nicklaus Design, Troon is fully-engaged with all facets of the new club from design and development, agronomy, food and beverage, to sales and marketing and merchandising.

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About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 440-plus locations around the globe, including managing 470-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 490-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 40-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Quintero Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz.; Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla; Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club in Puerto Rico; and Costa Navarino in Greece. For additional news and information, visit

About Toll Brothers
Toll Brothers, an award-winning Fortune 500 company founded in 1967, embraces an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. Toll Brothers is currently building in 22 states nationwide and is a publicly owned company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL).

For five years in a row, Toll Brothers has been ranked the #1 Home Builder Worldwide on the Fortune magazine “World’s Most Admired Companies®” list.* Toll Brothers also has been honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.

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