Prior to his appointment at Cypress Lake Country Club, Pontes was the head golf professional at the Links Course at Hammock Dunes, where he expanded several clinic programs at this nationally recognized Tom Fazio-designed championship course and mentored staff members through their PGA Class A status, a designation for golf professionals who have passed the appropriate PGA abilities and orientation tests. Pontes has held the PGA Class A status since January of 2008.
Pontes’ passion for golf and athletics began in his youth. Considered as a stand out three-sport athlete, he was offered college scholarships in soccer, basketball and baseball. While attending Long Island University on a baseball scholarship, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1993. He pitched for the minor leagues for 10 years reaching the AAA level with the New York Mets before having career-ending shoulder surgery in 2001. Shortly after, Pontes moved to Florida to pursue his calling in golf.
At the Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Pontes started his golf career as an assistant golf professional where he worked many events including the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, won by Michelle Wie, in 2003. His passion for the game then took him to the Creek Course at Hammock Dunes, a Rees Jones-designed championship course, where he managed club tournaments and events, trained employees, and conducted lessons as an assistant golf professional, then became the head golf professional in 2006.
“Dan’s background and knowledge in golf operations make him the perfect fit to serve as head golf professional for Cypress Lake Country Club members,” said Ed Rodgers, general manager of Cypress Lake Country Club.
In addition to golf, Pontes enjoys landscaping and fishing, and spending time with his wife and two young children.
“While golf is my focus, I believe in supporting the entire member experience, and will help ensure that every aspect of the member experience is as positive and memorable as possible,” said Pontes.
Located at 6767 Winkler Rd. in Fort Myers, Cypress Lake Country Club is a member-owned, private country club with more than 340 golf members. Since Cypress Lake Country Club was established in 1959, it has provided an award-winning private country club golf experience to Southwest Florida players. Members enjoy access to golf and tennis as well as social and dining experiences at the clubhouse. Various membership levels are offered including the all-inclusive Founder (full-golf) Membership. For more information, please call 239-481-1333 or visit www.cypresslakecc.com.