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Executive Vice President / Principal / Design & Construction
Johnny Pott, a three-time member of the United States Ryder Cup Team, was raised in southern Mississippi on the golf course where his father was the golf professional. As a PGA Tour player from 1957 to 1972, Pott won five tournaments, including the 1968 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach and held the record for the most second place finishes with 17. Pott was an NCAA Medalist and a member of the 1955 NCAA Championship Golf Team at Louisiana State University. Pott occasionally still plays competitive golf on the PGA’s Champions Tour.
Pott and fellow PGA Tour player, the late Dave Marr, are credited with creating “corporate golf outings” which Pott continues to host today. In the early 1960s as television coverage of professional golf tournaments was becoming popular, Pott served on the PGA Tour Tournament Committee which was instrumental in developing the PGA Tour’s standard for television programming and packaging. Pott continues to maintain a close working relationship with the PGA Tour and is Landmark Golf’s primary liaison with the PGA Tour, working closely with their tournament golf course/agronomy staffs.
In 1971, Unique Golf Concepts, Inc., established by Ernie Vossler and Joe Walser, Jr., Pott’s friends from the PGA Tour, named Pott as Project Director for Marsh Island in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where he supervised all aspects of design, construction, marketing and management of the Pete Dye designed golf course. Subsequently, Pott became Unique Golf’s Marketing Director for Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma and The Cardinal Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
When Unique Golf Concepts, Inc. was acquired by Landmark Land Company, Inc. in 1974, Pott became Landmark’s Project Director of Belle Terre Country Club in La Place, Louisiana. In 1979, Landmark transferred Pott to Carmel, California, as the Project Director for Carmel Valley Ranch.
As PGA West prepared to open, Pott relocated to La Quinta, California to serve as Marketing Director; more than 500 golf memberships were sold prior to opening day. In 1986, Pott was named Director of Acquisitions/New Projects and brought the consulting role for Koll International’s Palmilla golf course to Landmark Golf Design.
In 1991, Pott joined Koll International as Director of Golf Operations, supervising the design and construction of both Palmilla Golf Club, a 27-hole facility in Los Cabos, Mexico and the Ocean Course at Cabo Del Sol, the first Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses in Latin America.
In 1993, Pott joined Landmark Golf to supervise development of the Las Vegas Paiute Resort, and since, as an owner of Landmark Golf, Pott has been involved with design, development, construction and/or golf operations management of The Plantation Golf Club, Landmark Golf Club, Oak Valley, Landmark Golf Club at Oak Quarry, The Golf Club of California, Landmark at Hemet Golf Club, The Ranch Golf Club, Mountain Falls Golf Club, Shadow Hills Golf Club and SilverRock Resort. Johnny Pott and Wade Cable, President William Lyon Homes, are the golf course designers-of-record for The Golf Club of California in Fallbrook, California.
Pott’s innate sense of what it takes to create a quality golf experience combined with his talent to craft a memorable golf course with ultimate shot value makes him a key member of Landmark Golf’s management team. Pott oversees the Design and Construction Division of Landmark Golf and the Golf Operations Division of Landmark Golf Management.