Golf Staff Bios
Chris Jones, PGA Member – General Manager
Chris became the General Manager at Piñon Hills Golf Course in December 2007. A PGA Member since 1999, Chris has worked in Missouri at a number of golf courses. He was the Head Golf Professional at Creekmoor Golf Club in Raymore, Missouri, Silo Ridge Country Club in Bolivar, Missouri, and the General Manager for Greene Hills Golf Course, a municipal course, in his hometown of Chillicothe, Missouri. He is a devoted Dad and proud father of Jackson (20) and Morgan (13). Chris is an avid University of Missouri football and basketball fan even though he lives in Farmington—what seems like a million miles from Tiger Country. Chris enjoys everything about the four corners and lists hiking and skiing among his favorite activities.
Luke Tanner, PGA Member – Head Golf Professional
Born and raised in Farmington, Luke grew up playing golf in the Four Corners Area. He is a 2005 graduate of Farmington High School and the 2004 New Mexico State High School Champion. Luke was a standout player at Fort Lewis College -a Division II college in Durango, Colorado – winning a total of 7 golf tournaments including the conference championship. After earning his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration in 2009, Luke moved to Arizona where he played professional golf full-time for two and a half years, gaining a wealth of playing experience and knowledge. He also owns the current course record of 62 at Pinon Hills. Luke worked as the Assistant Golf Professional at Pinon Hills before becoming the Assistant Golf Professional, and eventually the Head Golf Professional, at San Juan Country Club. He became the Head Golf Professional at Pinon Hills in April of 2015. Luke was elected to PGA Membership in November of 2014, receiving Class A status. He is very confident in his ability to teach and grow the game of golf, while possessing a good golf business mind. Luke is a devoted husband to his wife Allison Tanner, and they have a son, Eli, who was born in June 2015. Luke is an avid fisherman and also loves hunting, camping, and sports.
Dana Hickman, PGA Member – Director of Instruction
PGA Life Member Dana Hickman has been helping golfers all over the country improve their golf game since turning professional in 1975. Some of his past experience has been as owner/operator of Swing Masters International Golf Schools, as well as the Director of Instruction at Medinah Country Club in Illinois for 8 years – one of the most prestigious private clubs in the Midwest. From 2000-2012, Dana was the Director of Golf Instruction at Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland, N.M. He is also a certified The First Tee instructor/coach as well. Dana is an expert club fitter and accomplished golf instructor – available by appointment.
Randy Hisey, CGSAA – Golf Course Superintendent
Randy Hisey is the consummate professional golf course superintendent with a heralded reputation in the golf industry. He returned to Piñon Hills Golf Course in August 2007. Pinon Hills was fortunate to have him on staff during the grow-in of the golf course in 1989. Randy was born in Kansas then moved with his family as young boy Albuquerque and graduated from Manzano High School in 1971. He then earned his B.S. in Agronomy from New Mexico State University in 1975. His first job in the golf business was Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Rio Rancho Country Club and later he went on to be the Golf Course Superintendent for the two University of New Mexico Golf Courses. One of the bright moments in his career there, came when directed the renovation of the Championship Course in preparation for the 1998 Division I NCAA Golf Championship. Randy has developed a dynamic approach to golf course grounds keeping and maintenance in the arid climate of Farmington. He works to promote the health of the soil by using the highest quality organic products and soil amendments available. Piñon Hills’ improved turf quality and playing conditions while using significantly less water and petrochemical fertilizers are due to Randy’s hard work, dedication and paying close attention to details.
Jacob Morgan, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
Joe Evans, Golf Course Mechanic
Chace Powell, Irrigation Technician
Joe Schmidt, Civitan Superintendent