There is an excellent team leading Alpine. Michael Degnan has recently been appointed club manager. He comes from a restaurant and organizational background having been co-owner of Providence Oyster Bar and Providence Prime. “I was formally a member here and I love the beautiful, serene golf course and its surroundings. It was a natural for me to want to come to this wonderful place,” said Degnan who grew up in Providence and graduated from Our Lady of Providence High School and the Modesto Junior College. “I pride myself on my integrity and reputation for honesty and want to do what is best for all the members, not just some of them.”
Degnan is proud of his staff. Melodi Caruso has been the Director of Sales and Catering since 2001. A graduate of the University of California, she oversees the members’ dining room and reserves and coordinates all banquet and members’ events. “Our beautiful ballroom can seat up to 350 and we host hundreds of weddings and parties each year,” added Caruso.
“Terry Saccomagno, executive chef and assistant manager, went way above the call of duty to keep this place running smoothly after the last club manager left,” said Degnan. Saccomagno has been chef for over 20 years and is universally praised by all the members and party attendees.
Scott Gabrielson of Fresno, CA. was appointed as the new superintendent last year. A Certified Golf Course Superintendent, Gabrielson has supervised an extensive upgrading of the course. “We strive to constantly maintain championship conditions with a process of maintenance, routine and structure,” said Gabrielson, adding that there is a five-year plan for course improvements and tree removal to help circulate air.
“Mark Mungeam, who teams with original designer Geoffrey Cornish, was recently at the course giving recommendations and making suggestions to keep with the original course design,” commented Gabrielson.
Plans are currently underway to increase the driving range and make another practice tee at the end of it. The swimming pool is being remodeled and a new pool bar is being installed so golfers can order lunch after leaving the eighth hole and have it ready on the turn.
“Alpine Country Club is a very pastoral place. There is no housing or roads around it. It’s just golf the way it should be,” said Degnan. “There is a very active membership who fill up tournaments and enjoy the members’ functions,” he added. “We are almost full, but there are spots for a few more members,” said Degnan who said that anyone wanting information about Alpine could call him at 209-943-2672.