Meet the Professional Staff
neil jones, PGA tpc prestancia director of golf
Neil is a golf professional with over 32 years of experience in the golf and private club industry, including 15 years with the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network. Prior to his arrival at TPC Prestancia he served as the Director of Golf at The Dominion Club, and previously as Head Golf Professional at The Cliffs at Glassy. Neil is known for his attentiveness to Members and Guests, well planned and expertly executed events, and promotion of the Club and the game of golf to players of all ages and genders.
Born and raised in Cardiff, Wales, Neil came to America on a full golf scholarship to the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. His parents and sisters still reside in Cardiff and he enjoys trips home whenever possible.
After college, Neil accepted a position at the Wizard Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach where he worked for several years before joining the TPC Network in 1999 as an Assistant Golf Professional at the TPC of Myrtle Beach. After helping prepare the new facility for the grand opening and three seasons as Assistant Pro, he was promoted to Head Golf Professional in March 2002, where he ran a successful operation before being named as Head Golf Professional at TPC River’s Bend in April 2004. A Class A member of the Professional Golfers Association since 2001, he has been the recipient of many of the industry’s top honors and awards including: TPC Daily Fee/Resort Golf Operation of the Year, TPC Daily Fee/Resort Club Operation of the Year, four-time Top 100 Golf Shop in America, 2016 Cliffs Communities Club of the Year.
Neil and his wife Jen welcomed their son Oliver, child number five (yes, 5!) to their family in 2017 and have resigned themselves to a lifetime of sleep deprivation. Outside of work, they enjoy spending time together as a family, traveling, and playing, watching, or Attending live sporting events of all types.
Chris Ayles, PGA Life Member
Chris Ayles has been our Director of Instruction since 2006. Prior to his arrival at TPC Prestancia, Chris had a long and prestigious career. Becoming a PGA Professional in 1975, his career took off as an assistant at Orchard Golf & CC(MI) and Longboat Key Club(FL), followed by Head Professional positions at Harbour Isles(FL) and Winding Harlow(OH). Other notable stops along Chris’ career included Plant City Golf Club(FL), Ben Sutton Golf School(FL) and Terra Ceia Bay Golf & CC(FL). Chris was also a course owner and is well versed in club operations. In 2010, Chris was named “Teacher of the Year” by the Southwest Chapter of the North Florida, PGA. Chris has been married 38 years to his lovely wife, Vicki, and they reside in Sarasota.