Clubhouse Manager & Director of Events
After graduating from Dutchess BOCES CTI in horticulture and greenhouse management, I realized that my passion was in culinary arts. With over thirty years of experience in the food service industry, I started out working at Troutbeck Inn and conference center nestled in the Berkshire Mountains while attending Dutchess Community college. Where I met my husband and then relocated to Boca Raton, Florida. I then worked at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis club as the Food & Beverage Director/ Social Director till moving to North Carolina to be closer to family. I started working at Raleigh Country club in June 2006 and am a member of Greater Triangle chapter of ISES. I enjoy being part of McConnell Golf Properties and watching it grow.
Chef Dennis Freeland graduated in 1996 from The Culinary Institute of AmericaChef and joined Raleigh Country Club in 2007. A Chapel Hill native, Dennis has worked in clubs in North Carolina, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, South Bend Indiana, Ipswich Massachusetts, and Haymarket Virginia. Dennis enjoys the private club atmosphere with the wide variety of outlets to keep things interesting while taking care of members. Dennis lives in Raleigh with his wife Natalie and two basset hounds.
Director of Golf Maintenance
Just south of Sanford, Billy Cole was born and raised in Lemon Springs, North Carolina. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Agricultural Education. After being well qualified from working in the golf course industry for 7 years at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club on #2 and #4 as a Spray Technician and Assistant Super Intendant, Billy then moved onto work at Governors Club in Chapel Hill where he would be promoted to Super Intendant for the first time in his career. After 9 years with the Governors Club, Billy would soon find his home at Raleigh Country Club where he has been working as the Director of Golf Course Maintenance since 2003. Billy even has the experience of working several PGA Events, USGA Events, and Tour Championships. Billy Cole certainly loves working on the golf course to keep it in the best possible shape and would not want to work at any other golf course than Raleigh Country Club's.
Head Golf Professional
Keith joined the Raleigh Country Club Team in February 2007. He grew up in Northeast Ohio approximately 30 miles south of Cleveland. Keith is a Class A Member in the PGA of America. He is a 2006 graduate from Campbell University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Keith previously worked as 1st assistant at Canyon Lake Country Club in Southern California. He also interned at Weston Golf Club located outside of Boston, MA., Independence Golf Club Richmond VA. and Ohio Prestwick Country Club in Green, OH.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Nikki moved to North Carolina to attend Campbell University. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sport Management with a Minor in Psychology. Nikki has always been in the customer service industry, and in conjunction with her major, she assumed the Accounts Receivable & Member Services Coordinator at Raleigh Country Club in early 2008.