Longtime PGA professional Scott Roth officially started as the new assistant golf course manager in Bloomington’s golf operation on January 10. Roth assists in management of seasonal staff, events, guest relations and general facility operations at Dwan Golf Course.
Roth was first introduced to golf when he was 12 years old. He saw his friends play in the backyard and wanted to try it out. “I was hooked from that first day,” Roth said. “So hooked in fact, that I made three clubs out of wood in the garage the next day since we didn’t have the money for real clubs then.” That love for golf led Roth to more than 20 years in a golf career where he has been a head golf professional, a director of golf and a general manager.
Roth comes to Dwan after having served in a variety of management positions including, most recently, as director of strategic initiatives at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. Concurrently, Roth also served as director of golf at Blaine’s Victory Links Golf Course.
“What interested me in working with the City of Bloomington was its reputation for outstanding stewardship of the community and City staff,” Roth said. “And what interested me in working at Dwan specifically was the fact that it was so successful. When a Minnesota golf course has 50,000 rounds in one season, they must be doing many things right.”
Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation Susan Faus pointed to Roth’s well-rounded operational background as an important factor in his hiring. She is responsible for the City’s recreation facilities.
“He has a strong philosophy predicated on providing the highest quality customer experience possible. He cultivates engaged staff, employs sound business practices and works hard to ensure guests always enjoy a high-quality golf experience,” Faus said.
A native of Iowa and a graduate of Iowa State University, Roth previously served as the school’s head golf professional and was an adjunct teaching professor in its College of Health and Human Performance.