Blake is the General Manager of April Sound Country Club. Blake moved to The Woodlands in 2008 from Las Vegas where he was managing Las Vegas National Golf Club to join the ClubCorp team. Blake has managed multiple courses in The Woodlands area including Willow Creek, Hearthstone Country Club, The Golf Trails of The Woodlands and The Clubs of Kingwood.
Blake Roberts joined the April Sound team from The Clubs of Kingwood, where he was General Manager from 2017 to 2020. Blake was instrumental in rebuilding Kingwood after Hurricane Harvey destroyed the Club’s facilities. He joined the Club just five days before the hurricane hit, requiring him to take on not just running the Club, but also successfully managing a two-year, $50 million reconstruction project.
Blake’s 22-year career includes managing both public and private golf clubs. He started with American Golf in 1998 and has been with ClubCorp since 2008. Blake is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he studied Agricultural Business. Blake is a proud husband to wife, Michelle, and a proud father to his children, Connor and Cassidy.
Another Texas native, Kristin started exceeding Members’ expectations while working at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugarland, Texas. She joined the ClubCorp family last year as the Assistant Food & Beverage Director at River Creek Club in Leesburg, Virginia, then transferred to the Temple Hills Country Club and is now joining the April Sound family although she has been in the private club industry for more than 7 years.
Kristin enjoys hiking, reading, and movies. She is excited to explore Montgomery, and all it has to offer. With her background in food and beverage and her enthusiasm for serving members, we are happy to welcome her to the April Sound family.
Jimmy discovered his love for the culinary world at a very young age at his great grandmother’s house picking fresh vegetables from the garden and helping prepare the evening meal.
“I still love the sound of snapping fresh green beans; it takes me straight back to my past and time spent in my childhood with my Granny Engle. We would go down to the garden right after breakfast and pick beans and whatever other vegetables were ready. We would then sit watching her soap operas cleaning and snapping the beans to get them ready to cook.”
Chef Jimmy walked into his first job as a dishwasher for a popular local restaurant, immediately falling in love with the way a restaurant kitchen operated. Over the next 10 years, he honed his culinary skills working in several different kitchens in every position possible under several different chefs. In 1994, he accepted a position as Executive Sous Chef at April Sound Country Club. He was soon promoted to Executive Chef and moved around Texas to various ClubCorp facilities. From Houston to San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Austin, and Dallas, Chef Jimmy became familiar with the local and diverse cuisine of Texas and the influences from the various cultures of the state.
After 10 years with ClubCorp, Chef Jimmy decided to move to California with his new bride to be closer to her family. While in California, Chef Jimmy opened his own restaurant, as well as three others for One Ripe Tomato at Quarry Pond in the Granite Bay area. Each of these restaurants was very different, but focused on quality fresh ingredients and made everything from scratch with a home-style feel.
Chef Jimmy returned to Texas looking for a place where he could share his love of fresh, high-quality food with others. He returns to April Sound Country Club with a focus on high quality, fresh food that you would expect to find in the country club environment. His food reflects the influences of his life experiences; “If you want to get to know me, taste my food. In it, you will find my life’s experiences, my history and those who have taught me lessons along the way. Just like a good soup with many different ingredients and steps, it is the flavor that will tell you who I am.”
Role: Golf Course Superintendent
Serving Since: 1991
Steve has been with ClubCorp since 1991 and has been serving the Members at April Sound Country Club since July 2014. He is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana and has two great kids!
ClubCorp & Industry History
Kingwood Country Club 2002-2014
Goose Creek Country Club 2001-2002
Deerwood Country Club 1991-2001
Role: Director of Tennis & Fitness
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 936.588.7230
Russ has been in tennis clubs since 1983. He started at Kingwood Country Club after leaving Texas State where he won the National Doubles Championship and was All American.
Russ was the Director of Tennis in The Woodlands for 28 years and was recently inducted into the Kerrville Tivy Hall of Fame. He has been married for 28 years and has a son who is Head Tennis Coach at Sul Ross University.