Luis (Lou) Colon has been named head golf professional at the historic Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the Hills, Fla., where he has served as assistant pro since 2014.
An Army veteran, Colon retired from active duty at the rank of Sergeant Major following 23 years of service. He managed the careers of more than 24,000 soldiers with a specialization in human resources.
Colon attended the Golf Academy of American in Orlando and graduated with honors in 2014. He will oversee golf operations at this 36-hole facility that includes El Campeón (The Champion), is one of the oldest 18-hole courses in the South, having opened in 1917. An original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail, El Campeón’s classic design accentuates 85-foot elevation changes that are unique to the central Florida region.
Las Colinas (The Hills), which opened in 1992, features wide fairways rolling over gentle rises. Its large, undulating greens are surrounded by tropical vegetation, and incorporate large water hazards on many holes.
Built in classic Spanish Colonial style, Mission Inn Resort’s main buildings feature176 guestrooms, suites, and villas, as well as three restaurants and two lounges.
Photos: Mission Inn Resort & Club