The Harbor Shores Operating Committee today announced that Joshua Doxtator, PGA, has been appointed General Manager of The Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Golf Course at Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan, after a national search to fill this high-profile position.
Doxtator, who will officially begin his new role on Feb.18, is well known for his passion for guest services and has built a reputation over his 20-year career as an innovator in the golf course management industry. Doxtator has a proven track record in managing top-rated courses and food and beverage operations. He comes to Harbor Shores Resort after previously serving as the PGA Chief Operating Officer at Thornberry Creek at Oneida, the Official Golf Course of the Green Bay Packers. During his tenure at Thornberry Creek, Doxtator was responsible for notable club renovations and oversight of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, an annual event on the LPGA Tour schedule which debuted in 2017.
“I am excited to join a team that has used golf as a redevelopment catalyst for its community and, as host to the most prestigious Championship in senior golf, continues to be a centerpiece for growing the game,” said Doxtator. “Success starts with providing the very best guest experience for anyone who steps foot on the facility. I look forward to helping showcase this amazing property throughout the region and working with the PGA of America to host the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship every other year.”
On the appointment, Operating Committee member Jeff Fettig noted, “We know we have found the very best person to continue to take the Harbor Shores golf experience to an elevated level. He sees our vision for Harbor Shores Resort and the integral role it plays in our community, while also providing one of the best golf experiences in the region.”
Just eight years after opening the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Course, Harbor Shores Resort has been a four-time host to the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, the most historic and prestigious major Championship in senior golf. This Championship is held biennially at Harbor Shores Resort through 2024. The PGA of America assisted in conducting the search for the general manager position amongst its 29,000 members alongside the Harbor Shore Operating Committee, which was formed to accelerate the march to making Harbor Shores Resort the premier golf experience in the Midwest.
PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said, “Harbor Shores Resort is a remarkable property that stands among the best facilities in the Midwest. We were fortunate to be involved in the team’s search to find the very best general manager candidate from our membership to lead the golf operations at Harbor Shores Resort. Josh’s commitment to customer service and innovative management practices has positioned him very well for this role.”
Harbor Shores Resort is the newest beachfront destination in Southwest Michigan – with a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Course, harborside real estate, kayaking in the Paw Paw River and beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan. Born from a community vision to transform from a manufacturing-based economy to a tourism, arts and business destination, the mission of the non-profit Harbor Shores Resort is revitalization of the Benton Harbor region.
About Harbor Shores Resort
Harbor Shores Resort is Lake Michigan’s first beach, golf and waterfront community, just 90 minutes east of Chicago in Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Michigan. The community’s central amenity is an 18-hole, public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, which every other year hosts the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and experienced the single best grand opening with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller playing for a $1 million purse that was given to charity. The challenging course winds through a variety of terrain including wetlands, riverside and hardwood forest and offers stunning views of Lake Michigan from lakeside holes. The 530-acre residential, golf, recreational and waterfront community features a full calendar of events and world-class amenities, including a marina village and riverwalk, town center with restaurants and shops, health and fitness center, deepwater marina, with a four-star hotel and spa, miles of recreational trails and rivers, and acres of parks and green space. Harbor Shores will be home to nearly 500 residences, including charming cottages, signature homes, townhomes and condominiums. Current real estate opportunities include golf and riverfront home sites, riverfront cottages, golf view homes and condominiums. For more information about the Harbor Shores community and golf course, visit www.harborshoresresort.com.