Golf News for Monday, September 17, 2012 | People

Mark Hodgdon named general manager of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida

DESTIN, Fla. -- Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has named Mark Hodgdon General Manager of the 2,400-acre resort on Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast, home of four tournament-caliber courses, 1,400 vacation rentals, and a vast array of amenities, shopping and dining.

With 30-plus years in the hospitality industry, Hodgdon served at numerous luxury properties throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. Prior positions include GM posts at The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa (Pasadena, Calif.) and Loews Ventana Canyon Resort (Tucson, Ariz.). He was as executive assistant manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead (Atlanta) and The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (Dana Point, Calif.).

"Mark brings an incredible amount of energy, experience and industry insight to Sandestin and his passion for superior guest service is instrumental in our continued commitment to excellence," says Tom Becnel of the Becnel Family, owners of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

"I look forward to being a part of the Sandestin team and building upon the resort's pedigree as one of the top golf and vacation destinations in the U.S.," says Hodgdon.

Hodgdon launched his career with the Hyatt Corporation, and went on to work with many highly regarded hotels, such as the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui and the Phoenician (Scottsdale, Ariz.) He comes to Sandestin from Villas Del Mar in Los Cabos, Mexico where he was Vice President of Operations.

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About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the No. 1 resort on Florida's Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and best in Destin hotel accommodations. A member of Visit South Walton, the resort features: seven-plus miles of beaches and pristine bay front; four championship and resort golf courses; 15 tournament-caliber tennis courts; 19 swimming pools; a 113-slip marina; and fitness center and spa.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf - an architecturally vibrant pedestrian village - is the heart and soul of the resort where guests can enjoy an eclectic mix of boutique shops, and an exciting array of eateries, restaurants, bars and nightlife. Family-friendly and choc-full of entertainment options, Baytowne features the Adventure Landing Playground, Adventure Zone with the Florida Gulf Coast's only zipline, Carousel and the Blast Arcade and Laser Maze.

A winner of Successful Meetings' Pinnacle Award, and Meetings and Conventions' Gold Key and Gold Tee, Sandestin the premier resort destination for meetings, events and corporate retreats.

Guests and prospective guests are invited to download Sandestin's App for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

Shane Sharp (704.519.8381)
Buffalo Communications

Jane Milbrandt (769.459.7794)
Buffalo Communications