West Palm Beach’s New Banyan Cay Resort & Golf Hires Respected Industry Veteran as Director of Golf
West Palm Beach, Fla. – Banyan Cay Resort & Golf has announced who will lead their golf operations, and it’s one of the industry’s most respected veterans. Richard Leconche, former professional golfer and recognized as one of America’s foremost golf instructors will be Banyan Cay Resort & Golf’s new Director of Golf.
Leconche was born in Connecticut and graduated Central Connecticut State University. He turned professional and played competitively for five years. After acquiring membership in the PGA of America, Leconche both owned and operated golf courses in Connecticut and Georgia.
Leconche is a former PGA National Golf Resort golf school instructor. He is also the former Director of Golf at Emerald Dunes Golf Club in West Palm Beach where he piloted two national programs. Both of Leconche’s programs, Hook a Kid on Golf and the Executive Women’s Golf League were recognized as leaders in the industry.
Leconche credits Jack Grout who was Jack Nicklaus’ instructor, and Bob Toski, founder of the Golf Digest schools for helping him become the quality instructor he is today. Leconche has played in Top Golf all over Europe while working with the Beverly Hills-based Crystal Cruise Line. His honors include nominations for most Innovative Junior Golf Program, South Florida Teacher of the Year, and he was voted one of America’s top instructors by an independent counsel in Washington DC.
The centerpiece at Banyan Cay is the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course—the highest tier of offering from Nicklaus Design, the world’s leading design firm. Mr. Nicklaus, who has personally been involved with nearly 300 golf course designs worldwide, is overseeing the design and development of the course.
The Banyan Cay Resort & Golf property includes a boutique luxury hotel, featuring 150 rooms and suites; a world-class spa and wellness center; expansive resort pools and cabana areas; and multiple dining options. The resort will be a luxury destination operated by Noble House Hotels & Resorts, widely recognized as one of the world’s leading luxury boutique operators.
“I am thrilled and excited to be involved with Banyan Cay Resort & Golf, a Jack Nicklaus-signature golf course and with Noble House Hotels. Our goal is to exceed our golfer’s expectations on a daily basis,” said Leconche.
“Rich brings unmatched experience to Banyan Cay. His professionalism and expertise are exactly what our members demand, and what we will be providing at this world-class property,” said Domenic Gatto, Jr., owner of Banyan Cay Resort & Golf.
The Banyan Cay Resort & Golf course will open November, 2017. The Clubhouse will open December, 2017.