• Michael Sharp

Michael Sharp
PGA, President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael is the President, Chief Executive Officer and managing partner for CourseCo.  Michael started his employment at CourseCo in 2005 as Vice President of Operations with direct oversite of golf operations before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2012 and then taking on his current role in 2017.  As the top executive in the company, Michael’s focus is on building the overall company culture while maintaining strong relationships with all CourseCo’s clients.

After spending the early part of his childhood in Southern California, his family moved to Northern California where he took his first job in golf working at a driving range while staring on his high school golf team.  After playing Division I golf at Sacramento State and receiving his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, it was a clear path for Michael to start his career in the golf industry.  It was right out of college that Michael took a General Manager position with Club Corp which was the first of three top 25 Management Companies he would work for in the coming years.  After becoming a Class A Member of the PGA, Michael continued his advancement in the golf business as General Manager at StoneTree Golf Club and then VP of Operations at Billy Casper Golf.  It was through his passion and commitment to hospitality and people development that eventually led to Michael joining the CourseCo team and his rapid ascension to the top leadership position.

Now with 30+ years of experience in the industry, Michael is widely respected and recognized throughout the United States for his operating knowledge and innovation.  Having played the key role in CourseCo’s growth from a small regional management company with 11 courses to a national company with 40 courses, and ranked as the 19th largest management company in the world, is one of the reasons he received the Award for Most Innovative People in Golf in 2020 from Golf, Inc.  Under his leadership CourseCo has received numerous environmental awards including becoming the first company to ever receive the President’s Award from the GCSAA in 2018 and then receiving it again the following year in 2019.  While he is often asked to speak on panels and present at National Conferences, his passion is still working directly with the management teams at the courses in promoting CourseCo’s Four Core Values – Financial Performance, Community Inclusion, Environmental Stewardship and Stakeholder Communication.

Michael resides in the Sacramento area of California with his wife, Heather, and their three children – Madison, Paige and Andrew.  As a PGA Professional Michael still plays in numerous golf tournaments and events each year but still finds time between working and playing golf to travel with his family, snowboard and passionately follow the Lakers and Dodgers.