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The Aviara Golf Club staff is here to assist you. Please contact the appropriate person below to learn about golf instruction, membership, events and sales.

  • Renny Brown - Director of Golf
    • A San Diego native, Renny has always been around the game of golf thanks to his dad. At 12 years old he spent the summer caddying for his dad and friends at Singing Hills Resort (now Sycuan). After carrying the bag for 18 holes he was rewarded with a Coke and $7. After graduation from SDSU with a degree in Economics in 1994, Renny became an Assistant Golf Professional at Singing Hills and three years later moved up the coast to Aviara Golf Club in the same capacity. He earned his PGA Membership in 1998. Twenty years later Renny is now the Director of Golf at Aviara. His favorite hole is #18, a par 4 that requires you to hit two really good shots, and in his option has to be one of the best finishing holes in Southern California. Once upon a time Renny had a great month, getting two hole-in-ones within three weeks of each other. Those remain the only two in his career, he just needs six more to catch up to his dad who has 8! Until then Renny enjoys the sport of golf for the challenge. He says that golf is one of the only games that you can play and enjoy by yourself. It is always fun to play with others, however there aren’t too many sports that you can play by yourself and still feel challenged each time you play.

  • Johnny Walker - Head Golf Professional
    • Born in London, England, Johnny learned the game of golf from his father and the young age of 5. After moving to the San Diego area and graduating from the San Diego Golf Academy in 2003, he began his career at Eagle Crest Golf Club as an assistant golf professional. In 2005 he joined the team at Aviara Golf Club and is currently our Head Golf Professional.

      Prior to his golf career, Johnny served in the U.S. Navy as an Electronics Technician. He is an avid volleyball fan and has coached the sport for 30 years.

      When asked what his favorite hole at Aviara is, Johnny say’s “Hole number one, because it has trees named after me.” Hand-in-hand with that comment, his favorite thing about the sport is that it is the most frustrating and satisfying things you could ever do. His one and only hole-in-one is at Aviara’s third hole.

  • Donovan Browning - 1st Assistant Golf Professional
    • Born in Amarillo, Texas, Donovan Browning was first introduced to golf at the age of 7 and remained passionate about the sport throughout his childhood. His love for the game grew to where he wanted to make golf his primary focus both personally and professionally. While attending Arizona State University, Donovan studied Agribusiness Management with an emphasis in Professional Golf Management.
      Donovan brings tremendous golf course and tournament management experience with his diverse experience at Kokopelli Golf Club, Grayhawk, Amarillo Country Club, The Grand Golf Club, Twin Oaks and La Costa. He has been at Aviara since 2010 and serves as 1st Assistant Golf Professional/Tournament Coordinator.

      Donovan has had one hole-in-one in his career and boasts an albatross on Aviara’s hole #8, a beautiful par 5, hitting a driver and holing out a 6 iron from 183 yards. His favorite aspect about the game is the connections you make with people while on the course.

  • Steve Shumaker - Membership & Golf Sales Director
    • From Cleveland, Ohio, Steve was introduced to the game of golf by his father at age 12. He continued his passion for the sport and later attended Kent State University majoring in Tourism Management. With his degree in tourism, this naturally paved the way for him to head to sunny San Diego, specifically Carlsbad, the “Golf Capital of the World.” Being in a city surrounded with golf, Steve was drawn back to the sport golf and furthered his education at the Golf Academy of America. Upon graduation he began his career at Fujikura Golf as a custom club builder. In 2013 he joined the Aviara Golf Club as Assistant Golf Professional and after 2 years launched the club’s membership program and was promoted to the club’s first Membership & Golf Sales Director.

      Steve’s favorite hole to play with prospective members is Aviara’s #8 because he made a Double Eagle on July 26, 2014. His favorite thing about golf is that it is played in beautiful places with friends and it can be very casual or very competitive. Steve has yet to make a hole-in-one but that day is on the horizon.

  • Billy Baker - Assistant Golf Professional
    • Bill has been a part of the Aviara Golf Club family for several years, first as a Bartender at the Argyle Restaurant and then jumping at the opportunity to join the Golf Course as Assistant Golf Professional. Pursuing his lifelong dream to have a career in the industry, Bill is currently on the path to becoming a Class A PGA Professional. As a youth playing baseball, basketball and football, he was introduced to golf during high school and was immediately hooked. Bill’s teaching philosophy focuses on proper fundamentals including the grip, stance, and posture which lead to a more consistent and easy to repeat golf swing. Bill takes great pride watching his students’ reactions after a successful lesson. "I promise every student of mine will leave with a smile feeling accomplished and a better player than when they began."

      With an eye for real estate he knew that Aviara was a special place - especially his favorite hole #18, one of the most difficult and challenging holes at Aviara with breathtaking views of the Batiquitos Lagoon.

  • Kevin Kienast - Grounds Superintendent
    • Born in Lansing, Michigan and raised in the state of Washington, Kevin’s passion for golf began as a teenager at the local municipal golf course. While attending Western Washington University, he played two years of football as a fullback and earned his degree in Business Management. Kevin has a diverse background in golf resorts including, Omni Tucson National Resort, Pala Mesa Resort and Morgan Run. He joined Aviara Golf Club as Golf and Grounds Superintendent in 2003 and is an integral part of the golf experience at Aviara.

      Kevin’s position enables him to enjoy his primary passion on a day-to-day basis and affords him the opportunity to have a significant and enduring impact at the Aviara Golf Club. His favorite hole at Aviara is #11, the most picturesque from the tee and a great par 3. So far Kevin has made two hole-in-ones in his lifetime, one of which is hole #3 at Aviara. Still, his favorite thing about golf is spending good times with his friends.

  • Franco de Jesus- Assistant Superintendent
    • Franco was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and holds the title as the longest employed associate at Aviara Golf Club. The course was still under construction when he was hired in 1990. After completing his Golf Course & Turf Management Certificate at Mira Costa College, Franco was hired at La Costa Resort before moving to the newly constructed Aviara Golf Club. Only after being hired at Aviara did he learn how to play golf! His favorite hole is #3 because of it’s beauty and he warns that you can easily be distracted by the water features and flowering plants. While no hole-in-ones have come his way yet, he knows it is bound to happen. Until then he will enjoy his favorite thing about the game of golf – being in nature.

  • Cesar Hernandez- Assistant Golf Professional
    • As a San Diego native, Cesar has always enjoyed coaching. He spent 20 years as a competitive soccer coach before turning his passion into golf instruction. Cesar graduated from the Golf Academy of America San Diego with an Applied Business in Golf Complex Operations and Management degree. Cesar brings a variety of experience of coaching and golf retail before joining the Aviara team in 2017 as Assistant Professional. As an instructor, Cesar has a passion for engaging others into the game of golf and enjoys seeing students learn and practice their skills on the course. Cesar’s favorite hole at Aviara is the par 3 Hole #14. He has always been a fan of elevated par 3’s and this is a challenge to him. Playing from the back tees at 201 (182 downhill) with water in play with always make an interesting decision of play. Maybe #14 will be where he makes his first hole-in-one!
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