Tony Martinez is currently the PGA director of golf at Keeton Park Golf Course. He will be up for election as the Northern Texas PGA's next President later in February. He was elected to PGA Membership in 1994 and began his career in the Southwest Section. While in the Southwest Section, Martinez worked at Fred Enke Golf Course in Tucson as an assistant professional. This is the course where he grew up. He started his employment there as a teenager and finished as interim head professional. After college he then went to work for Pinetop Country Club in Pinetop, Arizona as an assistant professional for experience at a private club. Later, he went to TPC Starr Pass in Tucson as a PGA instructor, and was instrumental in developing a golf school and academy. He then spent time as the head professional at Eloy Tohono Golf Course in Eloy, Arizona before moving to Texas in 1997 where he took the head professional position at Hidden Oaks Golf Course in Granbury and helped to complete construction and open the 18-hole public facility.
He and his wife Gretchen just celebrated their 21st anniversary. They have three kids, daughter Emma (19) and sons Ty (18) and Calvin (17). Below are a few additional things that you may not have known about Tony.
What do you love about the golf business? Having a passion for the game and sharing it with others will always be what I love most about working in the business. If there’s something that brings you joy its natural to want to share it with as many people as you can. I also love the environment and daily variety that comes with managing a golf course.
Who got you started in the game? My father took up golf when I was 8yrs old and that was my first exposure. I played all sports growing up and started focusing on golf going into high school. By that time my dad had become a pretty good player, but you could say we learned the game together. When I was 15, a new public golf course opened in my neighborhood, I started working there and golf became my everything.
Did you play college golf? Yes. Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. I received a BA in Communications and played golf for four years on scholarship.
What is your most memorable moment in golf? Witnessing and videotaping my son's first hole-in-one during a Masters trip in 2014. Next would be coaching in four major championships; 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble and 2012 Masters were extra special.
Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? Medalist in Jupiter, Florida, Diamante in Cabo San Lucas and Bandon Dunes in Bend, Oregon.
Who makes your dream golf foursome? My favorite foursome would be with family, but dream foursome would be myself, Lee Trevino, Charlie Sifford and Payne Stewart.
Have you played golf with anyone famous? Other than a few PGA TOUR notables, I haven’t played with anyone I'd consider famous.
What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? Augusta National.
What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? I plan on trying my first adventure race this year. I am hopeful that in the near future I have the desire and time to compete in a triathlon again.
What are some of your hobbies? Outdoor sports or fitness activities like hiking, kayaking, jogging, etc.
What is your favorite type of music? Hip Hop, R&B, Old School Rap… with emphasis on a west coast beat, or anything that bumps!
What is the best golf book that you would recommend? Golf’s Sacred Journey – Seven Days at the Links of Utopia.
What is your go-to karaoke song? No such thing!