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. Now, 23 years later, Renny is 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 opinion 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
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 one of the most frustrating and satisfying things you could ever do. His one and only hole-in-one is at Aviara’s third hole.
Cesar Hernandez -1st 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 and promoted to 1st Assistant in 2019. 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, playing from the back tees at 201 yards with water in play will always make an interesting decision of club selection. Maybe #14 will be where he makes his first hole-in-one!
Steve Shumaker -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.
Houston Knox -Assistant Golf Professional
Houston graduated Oregon Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and he loves to bring the technical aspect to the golf swing. Following his playing career, he spent a year as an assistant golf coach for his alma-mater, helping coach both the men’s and women’s teams. Houston loves helping people discover their love for the game, teaching the fundamentals of the golf swing and applying new found skills on the golf course.
His favorite hole at Aviara is number 9 because it gives you the opportunity to be aggressive off of the tee and make a birdie.
Kevin Kienast -Grounds Superintendent
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.