Neal & Karen Neilinger – Owners
Sven Nelson III – General Manager
Sven’s background includes formal training at the Florida Culinary Institute, Golf Professional and General Manager for large Golf Management Companies. Sven has served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. His 25 year career has included every facet of the golf and hospitality industry with extensive experience working for management companies with the focus on “startup” and “turn around” facilities. Sven’s history of golf management includes Adena Golf & Country Club in Ocala, FL, The Tides Golf Club in Seminole, FL, Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in St. Leo, FL and Hunter’s Green Country Club in Tampa, FL. In addition to golf, Sven’s hobbies include fishing and hockey. Sven is happily married to his wife Ashley of 11 years and they have a beautiful son named Blaine.
Jay Nash, PGA – Director of Instruction
After graduating from Saint Leo University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, Jay worked in several different fields before following his passion for the game of golf. In 1991, Jay started as First Assistant Golf Professional at historic Bent Tree Country Club and in 1994, Jay earned his PGA Class A Card, becoming the Head Golf Professional at the original Forest Lakes Golf Club. Since the club’s closing, Jay has worked at several world renowned clubs including The Concession Golf Club and internships at The Country Club in Brookline, MA (Site of the 1999 Ryder Cup), and Ballymeade Country Club in Cape Cod.
Jay is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. He and his wife, Marcie, have two sons – Jake and Tanner. In addition to his duties as Director of Instruction at The Palms, Jay is currently the Head Golf Coach at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota (where he played number one in his high school career). With his 25 years of experience, Jay has a great understanding and respect for the game of golf.
Robert D. Carter – Golf Course Superintendent
Robert is a 35 year resident of Sarasota. He has been the Golf Course Superintendent at such clubs as Gulf Gate Golf and Country Club, Laurel Oak Country Club and The Meadows Country Club. His 35 year career has included every facet of Turf Grass and Agronomic Management. Truly a great addition to the Management Team at The Palms Golf Club. We look forward to having Robert take the golf course to another level of greatness.