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Great Bear Golf Club Hires New Golf Pro

Monday, February 17, 2014 (East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – After an extensive candidate search  and comprehensive interview  process, Great Bear Golf Club announces that the search is over and has appointed Christopher Wegner as the club’s new Head Golf Professional.  

“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Christopher Wegner as our new Head Golf Professional,” said Rob Howell, General Manager.  “Chris brings 16 years of golf pro and club management experience, specializing in membership growth and retention, operations and management.”

ChrisWegnerPrior to joining Great Bear, Chris was General Manager at the 101-year-old Donald Ross designed LuLu Country Club in North Hills, Pennsylvania.  Before that, Chris was the Head Golf Professional and General Manager at the historic 1926 A.W. Tillinghast designed Suneagles Golf Club in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.  Chris also spent three seasons as Head Golf Professional at Architects Golf Club in Phillipsburg, NJ.

On his new position, Chris says. "I am excited to be joining the Great Bear family and working toward the goal of growing into a private membership club.  I am especially looking forward to connecting and building long lasting relationships with the current members. I will come to work daily intending to provide a fun and quality golfing experience while we continue to develop Great Bear as the premier private facility in the region."

Chris is an active class "A" member of the Professional Golf Association of America, and has served on many committees including the NJPGA's Education Committee and was a member of the NJPGA Assistants Board.  

Chris grew up in New Jersey’s Hunterdon County in Raritan Township. He learned to play golf and started his golf career in Somerset County, later attending Hunterdon Central High School then College in Boston (Wentworth Institute of Technology). Chris and his wife Cheryl have two beautiful little girls (Abigail 5 and Charlotte 3).

Great Bear Golf Club will be hosting a “Meet the Pro” event at the Golf Club on Sunday, March 16th from 1 pm to 3 pm.  For more information about the event, Chris or Great Bear Golf Club, please contact Rob Howell, General Manager at: (570) 223-2000 or

About Great Bear Golf Club

18 Holes – Par 71 – 7,025 Yards – Tee to Green Bent Grass – Tee to Green Irrigation – No Parallel Fairways

“Integrating the three lakes, several streams, wetlands, small bridges and rolling terrain, Nicklaus has created a course that presents itself differently to golfers of varying skill. For the experienced player, the course offers interesting challenges and pro tees that will bring out your strongest game. Yet it's also designed to be a course with the ultimate in playability,  ensuring enjoyable round after round, revealing its intricacies and craftsmanship the more you play it. Great Bear is destined to be one of the Golden Bear's great ones.” -

  • Architecture Award 2007-2008 & Top 20 Courses in Pennsylvania - Golf Digest 
  • America’s Best Courses - Golfweek
  • Rated 4 Stars - Top 100 US Women-Friendly Courses - Golf for Women
  • Host to a Nationwide Tour Qualifier

Great Bear Golf Club Contact Information:
Mr. Rob Howell - General Manager
Phone: (570) 223-2000 / Fax: (570) 223-8510
Postal Address: One Great Bear Way, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302-8275


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List of Accolades

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort would like to thank the all of the organizations that have recognized our efforts towards excellence. We are a proud member of the community and look forward to working together to continue providing outstanding service.


Trip Advisor for Business: Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence


Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations -National General Manager of the Year, Rob Howell


Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations Chef’s Palate Award for “Best Use of Local and Organic Ingredients”-Chef "G"
Award of Excellence “Most Creative Booth” from the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Expo 2010
Save Our Planet Award, The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association-Rob Howell, General Manager of the Year
Community Service Award, The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau-Jeromy Wo, Public Relations Coordinator, Brand Hero
American Legion Auxiliary-Certificate of Appreciation



The Pocono Business Journals Green List
The Monroe County Historical Associations Historical Preservation Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Outstanding Tourism Employee - Will Stryeski
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Green Award - The Shawnee Inn and Gold Resort
Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Save Our Planet Award
The Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association's General Manager of the Year Nomination - Rob Howell


Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Save Our Planet Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureaus Outstanding Tourism Employee Rob Howell, General Manager
Outstanding Women in Business Monica Startari, Director of Marketing
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Chairman of Business Award Charlie Kirkwood, Owner
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations General Manager of the Year Nomination Rob Howell, General Manager


The National Recreation Area of the Delaware Water Gaps Conservation Award
The American Cancer Societys Certificate of Appreciation for being First Property in the Pocono Mountains to go Smoke-Free
Bizzy Awards Best Overall Business