Director of Operations
Jim Schmid
Jim is originally from New York State where he graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors degree in Economics. After returning to school to study turf, Jim moved to the desert in 2006 to take a job at PGA West. Jim directed the preparations of the Palmer Course at PGA West for the Bob Hope Classic from 2009-2011 before arriving at The Lakes. He lives in Palm Desert with his family and has been active in the industry and community teaching golf course management classes at the College of the Desert for the past three years. Jim is involved in several industry groups; sitting on the board of the HiLo Desert Golf Course Superintendents Association, is a member of the Coachella Valley Golf and Water Task Force and is a part of the SCGA volunteer program.
Golf Course Superintendent
Craig Howard
Craig grew up in Nevada City, California and moved to the desert in 2004. He quickly fell in love with the game of golf and started working in the golf industry. In 2005, he began employment with Mountain View Country Club. After six years as outside service supervisor, he knew it was time for a change. He started on his path to become a superintendent as an irrigator, while going back to college to get his degree in Turf Grass Management. After obtaining his degree, he was quickly made Assistant Superintendent at Mountain View Country Club. In November 2015, he began his career here at The Lakes as an Assistant Superintendent and s now our Superintendent. He is currently involved in the HiLo Desert Golf Course Superintendents Association and is returning to college to learn Spanish. He lives in Indio with his wife and three sons.
Second Assistant Superintendent
Edward Strickland
Edward was raised by a very active family that enjoyed the outdoors, which played an important role in his career choice. Edward moved to the desert in 2007 with the intentions of becoming a professional golfer. While pursuing that dream, he worked at Desert Willow Golf Resort, in the Guest Service Department. It was there, that Edward decided to pursue a new dream of becoming a Golf Course Superintendent. He then went to school and achieved his AA in turf-grass management in 2017 at the College of the Desert. Edward is currently enrolled at Colorado State University online achieving his BS in Marketing. During the very little free time he has, his hobbies include; mountain biking, skiing, backpacking, and playing sports.