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Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club names Michael Rushin head golf professional

OCEAN VIEW, DELAWARE (April 6, 2023) – Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club is pleased to announce that former assistant professional Michael Rushin has been named the club’s new head golf professional. Rushin will oversee golf operations and tournament planning for the 27-hole club located in Ocean View, Delaware and owned by the Carl M. Freeman Companies.

Rushin has 18-plus years of golf industry experience, serving as an assistant professional at Bear Trap Dunes since 2014.  Originally from Bartonsville, Penn., Rushin started playing golf at age 9 and was captain of his high school golf team (Pocono Mountain East). He played golf collegiately at Wesley College in Dover, Del. and competed for two national championships. After graduating with a degree in Sports Management, he became an assistant golf professional at Wild Quail Country Club in Dover. After serving on the golf professional staffs at Peninsula Golf and Country Club in Millsboro and Baywood Greens Golf Course in Long Neck, Del., he joined the team at Bear Trap Dunes.

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“We are extremely excited to have Mike Rushin as our new head golf professional and we wish Eric Mason the best at Bayside Resort,” said Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club General Manager Tim O’Neill. “Carl M. Freeman Companies has done an outstanding job developing and rewarding both gentlemen.”  

Rushin moves into the head golf professional position after former head professional Eric Mason moved to Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville to serve as director of golf. Bayside is a Troon Privé-managed, semi-private facility also owned by the Carl M. Freeman Companies.

Troon Golf, the resort and daily-fee club operations division of Troon, manages Bear Trap Dunes. For more information on Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, visit or call 302-537-5600. 

About Bear Trap Dunes 

Located three miles west of Bethany Beach, Delaware, Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club features a scenic Rick Jacobson-designed golf course set on coastal terrain and abundant sand dunes. Bear Trap Dunes has been named in the “Top Five Best Golf Courses You Can Play In Delaware” by GolfWeek and also named “No. 4 Best Golf Course” in Delaware by GOLF magazine. Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club is owned by the Carl M. Freeman Companies, for more information visit 

About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 750-plus locations, including 740-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. 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 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit

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