Mike Rushing, general manager of Colonial Country Club, played his first games of golf in a field across the street from his childhood home. “There were several U.S. Opens won in that field,” Rushing said, laughing.
Recognizing his son’s early love of golf, Rushing’s father wanted to ensure that he understood the value of earning his way to the golf course. “It took a while before I was allowed to play on an actual golf course,” he said. “The first time I saw Pecan Valley, I thought it looked like Augusta National.”
The DEAN & DELUCA Invitational runs through May 29 at the Colonial Country Club.
At 16 years old, Rushing got his first job at Colonial Country Club. He started working on the range, then in the bag room and eventually managing the golf shop as first assistant. “Whatever job I had, I always tried to do my very best,” he said.
Rushing put himself through college while working at Colonial, but said his formal education really came from the members of the club. “I was very fortunate to be a part of the club for over a decade at such an important time in my life.”
It was just two years ago, after spending more than 25 years working at clubs and golf resorts in New Orleans, Sawgrass, Atlantic City, Atlanta, Miami, Austin and Tucson, that Rushing got the call he had always dreamed of. He was asked to come home to be Colonial’s general manager.
“I’m very fortunate,” he said. “I get to be a part of the club’s history, not a spectator to it.”
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