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Ownership

Michael Sharp PGA, President and Chief Executive Officer.  Michael began his career in the golf industry at the age of 15 with an after school job at the local driving range.  From that early experience with the game and serving the public, he decided to pursue a career in the golf industry, one that has earned him a reputation as a highly respected manager.

Working in, then managing, a golf shop during his college years, Michael graduated from Sacramento State University where he was a member of the varsity golf team. 

In 1997 he joined ClubCorp at Teal Bend Golf Club.  During his six-year tenure, he developed the leadership qualities and business acumen that led to his first club manager position.  “My management philosophy is simple: follow through and meet commitments.”   

StoneTree Golf Club was Michael’s next general manager position where the challenges of high end daily fee golf during the post 9/11 years enabled him to sharpen his yield management and cost containment skills such that he maintained net income margins even through declining rounds.  The development of a self-sufficient, professional team at this elite property is a tribute to his overall management abilities.

Michael joined CourseCo in 2005 as a Senior Operations Manager.  His continued dedication and success in developing management teams, strong business ethics and disciplined approach to financial performance quickly led to his becoming an owner, then president/CEO of CourseCo.  


 Tom Isaak, Founder, established CourseCo, Inc, a California corporation, in 1989. In the ensuing years, the company has assumed the operation of multiple golf facilities throughout the West. It manages more than 1200 employees, and its facilities generate more than $80 million in gross revenues. Tom, Founder of CourseCo, has a background in government and politics as well as business. A Stanford University Graduate, whose graduate studies include environmental planning and finance, he has served as assistant to the president of Sonoma State College, Director of Research for Operating Engineers Local Union #3, the largest building and construction local in the world; director of the California State Assembly Office of Majority Services; and chief administrative officer of the State Assembly.

John Telischak, Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, joined the firm as an owner in 1996. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an MBA from Stanford Business School and has spent 46 years in the fields of real estate investment, development, finance and management, beginning with IBM and moving to Kidder Peabody Realty Corporation before forming Telischak & Company in 1975.

Tom Bugbee, Chief Operating Officer

Tom is a veteran of the golf business.  Tom spent the bulk of his young career at Adobe Creek Golf Club where in a span of 12-years he progressed from Assistant Golf Professional, to First Assistant Professional, Head Professional, and finally General Manager.  While GM, Tom’s leadership produced facility records for gross revenue, rounds, and profit for three consecutive years.  Tom focused heavily on customer retention, designing and implementing Adobe Creek’s Frequent Player Program.  He managed the redesign and renovation of Adobe Creek’s Practice Facility, and developed targeted on-line marketing strategies that helped set the revenue records.  His focus on affiliate club membership led to the Adobe Creek Men’s and Women’s Club growing from 200 to 500 members within a two-year period.

Tom had a significant role in the due diligence for the purchase of Peacock Gap Golf and Country Club and was ultimately named the General Manager for both Adobe Creek and Peacock Gap.

In a break from the golf business, Tom spent three years working for a recruiting firm in the high tech industry giving him a strong grounding in the culture and practices of sophisticated corporate environments.  He returned to his passion, the golf business, joining CourseCo at the corporate office in 2009.