Meet the Staff

Oak Creek Head Golf Professional William Fritz

William (Billy) Fritz
Head Golf Professional

wfritz@golfoakcreek.com

William (Billy) Fritz first put on golf shoes as a young teenager when he got a job working at Chesapeake Hills Golf Club in Southern Maryland. Soccer was his sport at the time, but nurtured dreams of becoming a Golf Professional allowed Billy to take the first step in his golf career. That step would take him from washing carts to becoming one of the industry's most respected leaders.

Although a PGA Member today, Golf was not always the chosen career path for Billy. During his college years, Billy altered his plan of becoming a Golf Professional and became a Certified Underwater Commercial Hard Hat Diver as well as an Underwater Remote Operated Vehicle Technician for offshore oil companies. He traveled all around the world and worked in places such as West Africa, Thailand, Hawaii and Coast Rica. With golf never far from his heart, Billy gained employment at the Kapalua Golf Course in Maui, Hawaii. It was not until Billy met his future wife that he decided to pursue his ultimate goal of a career in the Club business.

Upon his return to the east coast, Billy signed on with Renditions Golf Club as an Assistant Golf Professional. Billy worked hard to gain his Class A and CCP with the PGA which ultimately led to his position as Head Golf Professional which he has held since 2011. As the Head Golf Professional of Oak Creek Golf Club and The Grove Restaurant, Billy now oversees the newest upscale public golf club and restaurant by our Nation's Capital.

Oak Creek Golf Club F&B Director Danny Baldwin

 

Danny Baldwin
F&B Director

dbaldwin@thegrovedining.com


Daniel Baldwin born and raised in Anne Arundel County, MD.  Being youngest of 7 and having very large extended family meant life revolved around meals and the kitchen table.  Those meals and the process of feeding the family was always a huge undertaking and it was here Daniel first discovered his passion for the culinary arts and how food brings people together.
After a decade of travel, the seasoned manager took the skills he picked up working in pizza joints and ski resort lodges to The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  Here he witnessed culinary genius and learned from and alongside some of the top chefs in the world.
With culinary degree in hand Danny headed to South Florida where he spent his formative years working in the hottest spots, including James Beard award winning restaurants of Chef Allen Susser and Chef Mark Militello. Meanwhile he gave many days and nights staging at other Miami and Ft. Lauderdale dining destinations, learning the latest trends and honing his culinary skills.  Danny took these fine dining experiences to the hotel hospitality operations for LXR Luxury Resorts and eventually manned the Food & Beverage helm for LXR at The Peaks Resort in Telluride Colorado.
Since returning home Mr. Baldwin has lead culinary operations for the Maryland restaurants of New York based George Martin Group. As well he was maestro of the kitchen team at The Hideaway, Somewhere in Odenton… a Maryland BBQ destination.
“I am very excited to join the Toll Brother’s Golf family and bring years of fine dining and event experience to The Grove facility and The Oak Creek Community.  I have met many residents and avid golfers and I can feel the devotion they have, supporting The Grove as a dining and banquet destination.  I hope to provide the best service and attention and to create great meals that bring people together.” 

Oak Creek Golf Club Golf Superintendent Jeff Rice

 

Jeff Rice
Golf Superintendent

jrice@tollbrothers.com
Jeff grew up in Davidsonville, MD and had a passion for golf from a young age. After playing and working at Eisenhower Golf Course through high school, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Turf and Urban Agronomy.  Jeff interned during the construction of Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville. After graduating he worked as Assistant Superintendent  at multiple clubs in the area before coming to Oak Creek in June 2015.  Jeff is an avid golfer and sports fan and enjoys spending time with his wife Nikki and their two young kids.

Oak Creek Golf Club 1st Assistant Golf Superintendent Blake Bullock
 

Blake Bullock
1st Assistant Golf Superintendent

bbullock@tollbrothers.com


Blake was born and raised in the heart of Southern Illinois.  He began his golf career washing carts, picking the range, and running the pro-shop at Red Hawk Golf Club in DuQuoin, Illinois at age 15.  At 17, he began working for the grounds crew during the summers doing daily golf course maintenance.  After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a BFA in 3-D Animation/Illustration and Graphic Design, Blake decided his true passion was being on the golf course.  He then decided to pursue a career in the golf business.  After working as the Assistant Superintendent at Red Hawk, he was then promoted to Golf Course Superintendent.  Blake was then hired as the Assistant Superintendent of Bent Creek Golf Club in Jackson, Missouri.  During this time he completed his agronomy certificate from The Ohio State University.  After three years at Bent Creek, he assumed the role of Golf Course Superintendent.  In a plan to further his career in a bigger market, Blake decided to uproot himself and move to the east coast.  Blake joined the Oak Creek crew in October of 2015.


Oak Creek Golf Club Golf Shop Manager Evan Neale

Evan Neale
Golf Shop Manager

eneale@golfoakcreek.com

Evan’s passion for the game of golf began over 18 years ago when he began playing with his father. He started his golf career about 10 years ago and has worked at several different courses in Anne Arundel and PG county. Evan is now an accredited PGA Apprentice and is dedicated to growing the game of golf.
He uses modern teaching techniques and focuses not just on improving a players swing, but their strategy and mental process when approaching the game. He has been giving lessons for three years and works with golfers of all skill levels. He always strives to improve his students game, but also knows that the most important thing is to have fun!


Oak Creek Golf Club Assistant Golf Professional Brent Taliaferro

Brent Taliaferro
Assistant Golf Professional

btaliaferro@golfoakcreek.com


Brent got started playing the game about 15 years ago. Motivated by his family and Tiger’s captivating achievements made Brent wanted to not only play professional golf but also teach it. His passion to become a better instructor and athlete is shown in his determination to get the youth involved, playing well and enjoying the game. Currently in the PGA PGM program, Brent has been working at Oak Creek Golf Club for three years and was hired initially as a pro shop attendant, was nominated for employee of the quarter by Toll Brothers Golf Division in 2016 and was promoted to assistant golf professional in 2016 and is also on staff with Nike Golf.

Oak Creek Golf Club Banquet Captain James Harrision

James Harrision
Banquet Captain

Jharrison@thegrovedining.com


James Harrison is the Banquet Captain at The Grove restaurant in Oak Creek. He oversees staff in executing banquets and in-house events. He also fulfills many roles of the dining room manager for the club.