Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Robert Shields

For July, I want to recognize Robert Shields who has been a PGA Member since 1994. Robert is the owner of The Winsford Group, a golf management and consulting company, where he has been since 2004. He has been doing management and consulting activities from 2004 to present for over 100 clients. Some of his past clients have included Hollytree Country Club and Garden Valley Resort. He was also the general manager of five properties for American Golf Corp. Prior to his time at American Golf Corp., he was a golf professional at The Club at Sonterra and Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Outside of work, Robert is married to Cindi Featherston-Shields, a successful business owner and real estate broker in Tyler he likes to note. Robert also has a daughter - Christi, a son - Tony, and two grandchildren - Abby and Justin. Below is some more information to get to know Robert.

What do you love about the golf business? The golf business has given me the opportunity to meet and impact the lives of many people over the years. Daily, I strive to make a positive impact. Building relationships and friendships has been one of my favorite things about this business.
 
Who got you started in the game? I grew up in a very, very small town in central/west Texas called Bronte. My father was a basketball and football coach, and he was also gifted the golf team when no one else would take it. He started taking me to team practices after school when I was 6.

Did you play college golf? I did not.
 
What is your most memorable moment in golf? Shooting a 59 at The Cascades Club back in 2013.
 
Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? Pebble Beach.
 
Who makes your dream foursome? Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
 
Have you played golf with anyone famous? While at Sonterra we had some great members including many of the San Antonio Spurs as well as those that played with them during their events. I once played with David Robinson and George Strait, which was an interesting group when looking at it from a height stand point. Both are truly great men.
 
What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? The Old Course at St. Andrews.
 
What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? When I graduated high school I accepted a basketball scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. I arrived early that summer for the McDonalds Hoop It Up. Two weeks prior to classes starting, I went through a windshield landing about 50 feet from the pickup I was in, and I broke my back in two places.
 
What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy cars, guns, fishing, playing golf, and spending time with my family and friends at The Ranch at Pine Mountain.
 
What is your favorite type of music? I spend most of my short rides to the office listening to country.
 
What is the best golf book that you would recommend? Harvey Penick's Little Red Book is one of my favorites. While a golf professional at Horseshoe Bay, I had the pleasure of watching Harvey teach Kite and Crenshaw in Austin. It was a treat.
 
What is your go-to karaoke song? I truly stay as far away from singing in public as possible! Church is about the only time I ever break into song, and I try my best to make sure my sound waves miss the folk’s ears in front of me.