Our Team

Bob Kirkelie

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2019
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Robert “Bob” Kirkelie joined Willow Creek Golf Club as General Manager in the fall of 2019. Bob has over thirty years of diverse management experience and a proven track record of success.  

A member of the PGA since 1981, Bob has a wide range of management experience having worked in the industry for clubs in Texas, Colorado and California. Since moving to Houston in 2009, he has held positions at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands, Lake Windcrest, The Woodlands Country Club and The Club at Falcon Point.

Bob is a visible, forward-thinking, and proactive leader who is dedicated to the overall Member satisfaction and Employee Partner experience at the Club. 

Derek Sawyers

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2019
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Derek Sawyers joined Willow Creek Golf Club as the Membership Director in the summer of 2019. He came to us from the Golf Trails where he was most recently a Golf Pro. Derek was born in Houston, Texas and raised in The Woodlands. He has played semi-competitive golf for 20 years in the area and likes to think he can hit a draw. Derek lives downtown and he enjoys hacking it up on the links, fishing in the local spots, jogging and hiking, and spending time with family and friends. Derek is excited to share our beautiful course with the community and get to know all of our members.

Krystal Compton

Role: Member Relations Coordinator
Serving Since: 2019
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Krystal Compton joined Willow Creek Golf Club in February 2019. She started out in the restaurant and on the beverage cart but is now our Member Relations Coordinator. Krystal plans and organizes our dining events, member traditions, and holiday celebrations. She enjoys making sure the Members are getting the best possible club experience. While she is stationed at the receptionist's desk, she is always ready to help where needed; behind the bar, in the pro shop, taking photos on the course. You can find her almost anywhere at Willow Creek Golf Club.

Krystal is an Army Veteran with 6 years of service. She lives in Spring with her two children, Zoey and Derek. They enjoy practicing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as a family and going on road trips with their dog, Tali.

Eric Jukola

Role: Private Events Coordinator
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 281.376.1501
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Eric joined Willow Creek Golf Club in December 2017 as the Service Director. He brings over 30 years of club experience, including such clubs as Cherry Hills Country Club and Falcon Point Country Club. Eric manages our food and beverage staff, organizes private events and club events.

When he’s not building eye-catching buffets at Willow Creek, he’s enjoying days out on Lake Conroe and spending time with his wife and grandkids.

Chris Plautz

Role: Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 281.376.4061
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Chris is our Head Golf Professional and has been with us since 2016. He is a 2008 graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Ferris State University. Prior to joining Willow Creek Golf Club, Chris was the 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Golf Club of Houston. He also was the 1st Assistant Professional at Rancho La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, California.

Chris greatly enjoys taking care of the members and guests.  He is always looking to make sure everyone has a great time at the club, whether it is playing in tournaments or engaged in daily conversation.

Jessica Castro

Role: Office Administrator
Serving Since: 2015
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Jessica Castro joined Willow Creek family in November of 2015. She oversees accounting at the Creek. Prior to joining ClubCorp, Jessica worked at Star Staffers for almost 9 years. She received the National ClubCorp Rising Star award in 2016 and the National ClubCorp Super Star award in 2018. A few of the roles that Jessica enjoys is organizing and celebrating Employee Partner recognition and our monthly Ladies Night Inn events. She has built strong relationships with Members and Employees alike.

Jessica is originally from Midland, Texas, grew up overseas in Indonesia and has lived in the Spring / Tomball area since 2001. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jared, and their four children: Cassidy, Clinton, Colt and Cade.

Ben Hutchins

Role: Director of Agronomy
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 281.376.1501
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Ben joined Willow Creek Golf Club as the Director of Agronomy in June of 2019. He was an active member of Kingwood Country Club for 14 years. Ben graduated with a degree in Horticulture with an emphasis on Turfgrass from Sam Houston State University in 2005. He interned at Bentwater Country Club for three years while earning his degree. His first Head Superintendent position was at River Plantation Country Club. Ben left RP to rebuild Atascosita Country Club, which had been closed for seven years, in 2013. He was there until 2018, when he left to join the ClubCorp team at South Shore Harbour Country Club.

Ben was born and raised in Kingwood, Texas. He is engaged to be married to Catherine in February 2020 and is the proud father of twin girls, Heidi and Harper. You may see him riding around the course with his faithful companion, Beau, a lab/shepherd mix.  

Alton Robertson

Role: Locker Room Manager
Serving Since: 1999

Alton has been serving the members of Willow Creek Golf Club for over 20 years. He is a fixture of the club as the Men’s Locker Room Attendant. We take pride in his ability to never forget a face and to always know what the members will order before they even sit down.

Dane Butterfield

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2020
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