Barnsley Resort announced the arrival of Buddy Nichols as the new director of sporting & recreation.

In his role, Nichols will oversee and galvanize all aspects of the resort’s dynamic recreational programming for individual guests and groups, including its 18-hole Fazio-designed golf course, SpringBank Sporting Club and SpringBank Plantation as well as merchandising for all of Barnsley Resort’s retail outlets.

A Class A PGA Professional with more than 27 years of experience, Nichols brings to the team a strong knowledge of the business world of golf operations, a visual eye for great golf facilities, schools and instruction, extensive resort recreation programming experience and a knack for financial and people management as well as a fresh perspective.

“We were looking for someone with very specific experience related to recreational programming, and just as importantly, the right personality,” said Shawn Jervis, general manager of Barnsley Resort. “With our upcoming expansion we want to make sure that we have the processes in place to seamlessly accommodate the growth from a recreation standpoint, and Buddy will be instrumental in doing so.”

Nichols joins the resort from the Terranea Resort in Southern California, where he was PGA director of leisure experience, overseeing the big picture of development and capital planning for all golf, recreation and group programming. Prior, he was Head PGA Gol Professional at Tustin Ranch Golf Club in Orange County, Calif.

Barnsley Resort, situated 60 miles outside of Atlanta on an 1840s estate, features 90 guest rooms with an additional 55 rooms currently being added through the new Inn at Barnsley Resort. The resort’s amenities include the Jim Fazio-designed golf course, 26-station sporting clays course, bird and predator hunting at SpringBank Plantation and horseback riding as well as multiple dining venues and a European-style spa. More than 9,000 square feet of indoor event space is also being added with the Georgian Hall Conference Center, scheduled to debut in early 2018. Upon completion, the resort will offer 14,300 square feet of indoor meeting space.