Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Chad English

This month, I would like to highlight Chad English. He is the Head Professional at Shady Oaks Country Club. English was elected to PGA Membership in 2004. Throughout his career he has worked at Fairway Oaks Country Club, Meadowbrook Golf Course and Walnut Creek Country Club.

Outside of golf, Chad has been married to his wife Jodi for 15 years, and together they have three children: twin boys Ainsley and Archer (7) and Hattie (4).
 
Below are a few things you may not have known about Chad.
 
What do you love about the golf business? I enjoy the game and all that is involved with this business.  We have a top notch membership and the relationships I have made over the years here have been so wonderful.
 
Who got you started in the game? My grandfather got me started with my first set of clubs when I was seven years old.

Did you play college golf? I played collegiate golf at Hardin-Simmons University from 1995 to 1999.
 
What is your most memorable moment in golf?  My high school & college golf years. I have very fond memories of playing in state championships and national championships. I also had the chance to spend three days at Augusta National with some members and that was a great treat!
 
Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? Augusta National, Whistling Straits, Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Shoal Creek Golf Course are my current top 4.
 
Who makes your dream foursome? I would pick Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, my grandfather and myself.

Have you played golf with anyone famous? While at Shady Oaks I have had the opportunity to host and play with many people that are famous in their specific business fields.
 
What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? Cypress Point & Pine Valley are two that I would like to check off someday soon.

What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? Sixteen years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and through support of family, friends and modern medicine I have kept it under control. I am always happy to visit with anyone that may have something similar going on to share thoughts.

What are some of your hobbies?  I enjoy sports, especially college football and baseball.  I also enjoy spending time with the family and completing yard work at home. It is therapeutic for me!
 
What is your favorite type of music?  I enjoy classic rock, folk rock and some country music.

What is the best golf book that you would recommend?  “The Match” is the best one I’ve read. Very good story and a quick read.
 
What is your go-to karaoke song?  I try really hard to avoid karaoke at all cost!