Golf News for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | People

E.J. McDonnell new director of golf at Florida's Bonita Bay Club

E.J. McDonnell has been named director of golf for Bonita Bay Club, overseeing the club's five courses and 95 employees. He joined Bonita Bay Club in 1999 and is an active member of the South Florida Section and the Southwest Florida Professional Golf Association, which named him 2008 Assistant of the Year.

"Our members have watched E.J. advance through the ranks since he joined the club as an assistant golf professional," said General Manager/COO Daniel Miles. "Support for him is strong, both among the membership and our staff, and he is widely respected in the golf industry."

"My goals as director of golf are to provide club members with exciting instructional programs, strong tournament activities and new event formats, not only during season, but throughout the entire year," McDonnell said. "My staff and I are focused on enhancing our culture of exceptional customer service, boosting the quality and variety of golf shop merchandise and exploring new technology and resources to improve our members' experience."

McDonnell attended Iowa State University in Ames. Before joining Bonita Bay Club, he served as assistant golf professional at Stoneybrook Golf Club in Estero, Highland Woods Country Club in Bonita Springs and Valencia Golf and Country Club in Naples. McDonnell was a member of the 2010 Southwest Florida PGA Nelson Cup team and qualified for the ReMax World Long Drive regional finals in 2009, 2010 and 2011 as champion twice and in third place once.

Bonita Bay Club opened its new 30,000-square-foot golf center in January. Linked to the revamped clubhouse by an expansive golf cart staging area, the building has a golf shop and terrace that overlook the driving range and provides storage for 2,500 golf bags and 240 carts.

Bonita Bay Club, located between Naples and Fort Myers, boasts the widest range of amenities of any club in Southwest Florida. Three Arthur Hills-designed courses are located within the 2,400-acre Bonita Bay community; two Tom Fazio courses, Cypress and Sabal at nearby Bonita Bay Club Naples, provide a pure golf experience with no residential development on 1,035 acres of cypress wetlands and pine flats. The club's tennis and swim center has 18 Har-Tru courts, a fitness center and one of the region's most active tennis programs, directed by a United States Professional Tennis Association Master Professional.

Bonita Bay Club was established in 1985; members took ownership in 2010.

To learn more, visit, or contact Membership Director Dianne Rambo at 239-949-5036 or