Stowe Mountain Club – Golf Team
Bob Cupp, Course Designer
Bob Cupp, the renowned golf course architect of Stowe Mountain Club, has created a breathtaking wilderness course among the gently sloping hills of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.
After graduating from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in art, and obtaining a Masters in Fine Arts through the US Army in Alaska, Cupp took a job as a golf professional. His interest in art and his love for golf quickly landed him jobs assisting in the rebuilding of golf courses. Cupp returned to school and obtained an Associate Degree in Agronomy and served as senior course designer for Jack Nicklaus for 15 years.
Some years later, Cupp formed Cupp Design, Inc., and has designed and created more than 80 courses since 1984. In the company’s first ten years of existence, Cupp Design won more than ten “Best New Course” recognition awards. Adding to his success, more than 50 national and international tournaments, including seven majors, have been hosted at courses that Cupp has designed.
In his twenty three years as a golf course designer, supervisor and construction specialist, Cupp has proven himself an expert in artistic golf course design.
Ron Philo, Head Pro & Club Manager
Ron Philo’s 20 years of professional experience include eight Major PGA Championship appearances including one US Open and playing in over a dozen PGA Tour events.
His titles and accolades consist of being a PGA Professional National Champion, 4-Time PGA Section Champion in New England, New York and North Florida, 5-Time PGA Section Player of the Year and recognized as ‘Best Teacher in State’ by Golf Digest and New England Golf Journal. Ron is also coach to his sister Laura Diaz, an LPGA Tour Player.
“I chose Stowe because I know I will contribute to a club that reflects the values of the game, community, environmental stewardship, challenge and natural beauty,” states Ron Philo. “While the choice of Stowe comes with the choice of winter seasons too, which for golf professionals is a daunting obstacle, the indoor facilities of Stowe Mountain Club will allow me to stay in touch with the game and continue to share it with students even during golf’s off-season.
Stowe also gives me and my family the opportunity to explore new horizons through the alpine experience.” Philo adds.
Kevin Komer, Golf Course Superintendent
Kevin Komer, Golf Course Superintendent of Stowe Mountain Club Golf Course, is a veteran of the golf industry. With over twenty years in the golf business and twelve as a golf course superintendent, Mr. Komer brings a wealth of knowledge in golf course management to the Club. He came to Stowe Mountain Resort in 2004 as the Grow-In Superintendent responsible for quality control during development and construction of the course, as well as finishing the final seeding of greens, tees, and fairways. Since that time, he successfully implemented and completed the Audubon International Signature Certification process, an impressive international distinction and the first in of its class in Vermont. From this, the surrounding naturalized areas, wetlands, and out of play zones are also managed with Mr. Komer’s guidance.
Since 2009 in his role as President of the Vermont Golf Course Superintendents Association (VTGCSA), he assisted in crafting legislation to protect golf courses in Vermont from restrictive fertilizer laws. Mr. Komer most recently spearheaded a program in cooperation with the VT Department of Conservation to promote public recognition of environmental excellence for golf courses called the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership for Golf Courses.
Mr. Komer was born and raised in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy. He is a twenty year Class A Member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.