Luis (Lou) Colon has been named head golf professional at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the Hills, Florida, where he has served as assistant pro since 2014.
An Army veteran, Colon retired from active duty at the rank of Sergeant Major following 23 years of service. He managed the careers of over 24,000 soldiers with a specialization in human resources. Colon attended the Golf Academy of American in Orlando and graduated with honors in 2014. He will oversee golf operations at this 36-hole facility, named among the top courses in America by Golf Advisor. Lou and his wife Teresa, a 27-year Army veteran herself, have two children: Luis attends the University of Kentucky and Yvan is a senior at Monteverde Academy just south of Mission Inn.
Mission Inn’s appeal begins with the resort’s two award-winning golf courses: The must-play El Campeón (The Champion) is one of the oldest 18-hole courses in the South, having opened in 1917. An original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail, El Campeón’s classic design accentuates 85-foot elevation changes that are unique to the central Florida region.
Las Colinas (The Hills), which opened in 1992, lives up to its name with wide fairways rolling over gentle rises. Its large, undulating greens are surrounded by tropical vegetation, and incorporate l water hazards on many holes.
The Resort recently completed a $3 million+ renovation throughout the sprawling campus. Drew Toth, Director of Sales & Marketing, stated, “The renovation added a fresh modern look to the 100 year Old Florida destination.” Built in classic Spanish Colonial style, Mission Inn Resort’s main buildings feature 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites, and villas, as well as three restaurants and two lounges. The Golf Clubhouse was treated to an extensive overhaul featuring a new color scheme with silver and bronze “Liquapearl” highlights and new carpeting in Nicker’s Restaurant, Club Room, Champions Room and the well appointed large pro shop. Spa Marbella, a 6,200 square foot relaxing oasis is located adjacent to the clubhouse.
The four-season resort located in Howey-in-the-Hills, a quiet picturesque village in Central Florida’s Lake County, is less than an hour northwest of Orlando. Other amenities at the Resort include an eight court tennis complex, trap and skeet shooting, jogging and bicycle trails, volleyball courts, outdoor pool and hydro-spa and a 52 slip marina for fishing and boating on beautiful Lake Harris chain of lakes. The world renowned Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy is located at the Mission Inn Resort & Club.
For more details, visit www.missioninnresort.com, or call (800)874-9053 toll-free and (352) 324-3101 direct.