Management Team

Meet our Award Winning Executive Management Team...

Ivanhoe Club is run by experienced professionals who subscribe to the motto, "Members First".


 








MICHAEL STRAIN

General Manager/COO 

Michael was born and raised in southeastern Kansas and graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.B.A and Marketing degree.  Michael has been playing golf & working at private clubs since he was thirteen years old.  He began his career as a golf professional at Alvamar Country Club (Lawrence, KS) and within a few years earned a position as Head Golf Professional of the esteemed Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club (Tucson, AZ).  He then moved back to the Midwest to serve as General Manager of Oak Meadow Country Club, located in Evansville, IN. 

While at Oak Meadow, Michael caught the attention of executives at ClubCorp, which launched a five-year journey as General Manager and Regional Director of Golf, serving properties from Kansas City to Boston. Prior to joining Ivanhoe, Michael served as GM/COO for the historic Detroit Golf Club.

Creating and executing against strategic plans, enhancing member services, building relationships and overseeing facility renovations are among the professional activities Michael enjoys most - which is why he is an especially good fit for Ivanhoe Club.  



























JIM SOBB

PGA Director of Golf

PGA AWARDS & PARTICIPATION

2015 Illinois Golf Hall of Fame Inductee
2015 Illinois PGA Golf Professional of the Year Nominee
2015 Illinois PGA Horton Smith Award Nominee
2000 and 1995 Illinois PGA Professional of the Year Award Winner
2012 Illinois PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award Winner
2012 Illinios PGA Senior Master Award Winner
2001 Finalist National PGA Professional of the Year
1997 Illinois PGA Private Club Merchandiser of the Year Award Winner
Seven-time nominee for Illinois PGA Professional of the Year
Served 10 Years on the Ilinois PGA Board of Directors
Current Member of the Illinois PGA Tournament Committee

PLAYING ACHIEVEMENTS

Eight-time Illinois PGA Major Champion
Nine-time Illinois PGA Senior Major Champion
Three US Senior Open Championships
Two Senior PGA Championships
Three PGA Championships
Five Western Opens
Two-time NCAA Division II All American (Western Illinois University)
Six-time Illinois PGA Senior Player of the Year
Illinois PGA Player of the Year

PAST CLUBS

Highland Park Country Club, Head Golf Professional
Chapel Hill Golf Course, Head Golf Professional
Thorngate Country Club, Assistant Golf Professional
Hillcrest Country Club, Assistant Golf Professional



















TOM PRICHARD

Grounds Superintendent

Tom Prichard brings 32 years of experience as a Golf Course Superintendent. Prior to joining Ivanhoe Club, he served as the Senior Agronomist for Kemper Sports Management, while serving as Golf Course Superintendent at The Glen Club in Glenview, IL. (Host of the Illinois Open and Nationwide Tour's Lasalle Bank Open).

Mr. Prichard specialized in grow-ins at golf courses, Royal Melbourne and The Glen Club; and facilitated a spectacular display of native prairie grass. Prichard joined Ivanhoe Club in 2004 and has since spearheaded several restoration projects, including a massive undertaking of lake banks and the rebuilding of all bunkers. Prichard's touch has lent to the breathtaking beauty of Forest, Prairie and Marsh - keeping Ivanhoe Club consistently in the top 25 Courses in the State. 

Mr. Prichard is a currect GCSAA member.