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Harbor Shores Resort names Jackson Davison PGA head golf professional

Former golf operations manager and instructor earns Class A PGA Membership.

Benton Harbor, MIHarbor Shores Resort, Southwest Michigan’s premier lakefront golf resort destination with its award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature designed golf course, has promoted Jackson Davison to the role of PGA Head Golf Professional. 

Davison, who has been in the golf industry for 10 years, previously served as the Golf Operations Manager for Harbor Shores, overseeing the golf operations and golf instruction at the five-time host of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Having recently completed the requirements to earn his Class A PGA Membership, Davison is more than qualified to take on his new position.

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“Jackson has been an integral part of our team at Harbor Shores since 2018. He has all the attributes necessary to be an exceptional PGA Head Golf Professional and has worked tirelessly to create a team and culture that has an impact throughout the entire facility. I couldn’t be prouder,” said Joshua Doxtator, Harbor Shores’ PGA General Manager. “The PGA Professional Management Program is not easy with only 17 percent making it past the first of three levels. He now stands proud as one of 28,000 PGA Professionals in the world.”

Prior to his golf professional career, Davison had a successful history in competitive golf, winning the 2008 Michigan High School Division 1 State Championship then playing collegiately at both Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Sports Marketing.

Davison began his professional golf career in Orlando, Florida as an Assistant Golf Professional at Tuscawilla Country Club, while pursuing his dream of playing competitively as a professional golfer. He competed on various mini tours in Florida and in the Midwest before landing at Harbor Shores Resort, where his focus shifted to operational management, instruction, and player development. He has also held key roles assisting in two KitchenAid Senior PGA Championships in 2018 and 2022.

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“I am very excited to accept the role of PGA Head Golf Professional at a golf operation as special as Harbor Shores Resort,” Davison said. “It has been a lot of work, dedication, and very rewarding to be able to obtain my Class A Membership status and continue to expand my career as a part of this team at one of the top golf facilities in the country. Together we are all committed to creating a special golf experience for guests and share one of the best stories in the golf industry. We are very dedicated to serving and empowering the Benton Harbor community and I am proud to be a part of that now under my new role.” 

About Harbor Shores Resort

Harbor Shores Resort, host of the 2024 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, is the premier golf, resort, and beach destination and waterfront communities in Southwest Michigan located just 90 minutes east of Chicago in Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Michigan. More than 75 years ago, Benton Harbor became a booming industrial town. During World War II, global home appliance leader Whirlpool Corporation transformed its plants and factories into F.D.R.’s arsenal of democracy, manufacturing components for fighter planes. The town then evolved into a vibrant manufacturing center in the 1950s and 60s only to see it all disappear over the next two decades.

Harbor Shores and the development of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design signaled a turning point in Benton Harbor’s history. Golf was the core component of the development on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Paw Paw River and stands as a remarkable testament to a vision made possible by $900 million in strategic investments, a collective set of projects with collaborating community leaders and organizations, all led by the Whirlpool Foundation and its benefactor Whirlpool. 

The award-winning golf course winds through a variety of terrain including wetlands, riverside and hardwood forest and offers stunning views of Lake Michigan from lakeside holes. The 550-acre residential, golf, recreational and waterfront community features world-class amenities, including a marina village and river walk, town center with restaurants and shops, health and fitness center, deep water marina, the four-star Inn at Harbor Shores hotel and spa, golf villas, miles of recreational trails and rivers, and acres of parks and green space. Visit

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