Principals

Raspberry Golf Management Principal Partners

Raspberry Golf Management’s principal partners are Robert Swiger, Steve Clark, and Patrick McGuire; with David Stradinger serving as executive advisors.  The partners will be responsible for discovery and management operations.  Responsibilities will be coordinated to take advantage of the personal strengths and professional expertise of each partner.
 


Robert Swiger
Partner

Bob has 23 years of commercial and mortgage banking experience of which the last 17 years were oriented to golf course and resort development. Swiger attended West Virginia University and holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Charleston. His graduate studies were at Oklahoma University.

Swiger spent many years in the business of financing and development of commercial properties. As prior President of Seabank Savings FSB in Myrtle Beach, SC, Swiger gained extensive experience in negotiating, financing and developing of varied properties; including a considerable number of daily fee golf courses. He also spent 13 years as a City Executive, and later Vice President and Regional Corporate Banker with South Carolina National Bank (now Wachovia Bank of South Carolina). Throughout these positions, Swiger gained extensive knowledge of the financial aspects of golf course development, including risk assessment.

Swiger is also a partner in the development concern, Stradinger & Swiger, which builds and operates high end daily fee golf courses. This partnership developed Blackmoor Golf Club in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina and Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club and Old Hickory Golf Club, both in the northern Virginia area. Swiger holds the distinction of partner and General Manager of these two highly rated Virginia courses. He has been the leading force behind these courses which have been award winning since conception.

Swiger is the developing partner of Raspberry Golf Management, which currently oversees management and development of select golf courses in three states.

David Stradinger
Partner

David Stradinger has been involved in resort real estate development for over thirty years. He received his BA in political science from Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia and his Masters Degree in Public Administration from The University of Virginia under a Ford Foundation fellowship (1972).

Following graduate school, Stradinger served as an Assistant City Manager of Charlotte, NC, followed by becoming the first professional City Manager in Myrtle Beach, SC. Stradinger next started working in the development, founding Winchester Land and Development Corporation in 1981. Stradinger is also a partner in Dock Street Communities which is currently developing three projects in the Myrtle Beach area, including the major residential component of the Market Commons Festival Marketplace Project. Dock Street is also developing two 55+ active adult communities in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, and St. Augustine, Florida. This experience currently totals over 3,000 resort condominiums, town homes and single family dwellings in addition to five golf course communities.

Stradinger is also a partner in Stradinger & Swiger Corporation which builds and operates high end daily fee golf courses. This partnership developed Blackmoor Golf Club in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina and Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club and Old Hickory Golf Club both in the Washington, D.C. area. These highly rated courses have received many industry awards and accolades. This firm also manages five (5) golf courses in the Washington DC area and one (1) in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

Steve Clark
Partner

Steve became a Raspberry Golf Management Partner in 2007. He is a graduate of the State University of New York and holds a BA in Economics. Steve started his business experience working for Motorola, where he gained valuable experience in sales, product development and market analysis, before following his love of golf. He began his golf management career at the prestigious Army & Navy Country Club in Virginia, and then over to Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club as the Head Golf Professional in 2000. Steve currently is the Director of Golf Operations for Raspberry Falls and Old Hickory Golf Club.

In addition to supervision of golf operations, his responsibilities include budgeting and financial performance of both facilities. This includes preparing and reviewing budgets, Sales and Marketing, pro shop operations and merchandising, reviewing and managing P & L Statement, expense to budget, Account Receivables and Account Payables, Tournament Management, Clubhouse Management, as well as Capital Improvement Projects.

Steve’s strengths include experience at both start-up and established clubs; including oversight surrounding development and opening of new golf properties to the overseeing and managing of daily operations. His portfolio includes Ridgeview Country Club, Reston National, Kiskiack, Virginia National and Bristow Manor. Steve has been a PGA Member since 1994 and holds a Current Class A1 status. He was a board member of the Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce from 2005-2010, as well as the Chair of the Tourism and Hospitality Council from 2005-2010.

Patrick McGuire
Partner

Patrick has 20 years of retail and management experience, with the last 16 years as small business owner and PGA golf professional. Patrick worked in the athletic retail business as a manager, general manager and district trainer for a division of the Melville Corporation. He was fast tracked as an employee and was recognized for revenue growth, profit, hiring and training. Patrick won awards for top sales person, #1 revenue growth in both district (13 stores) and regional (126 stores) two years in a row; Patrick was promoted to district trainer for the mid-Atlantic Region.

Patrick’s entrance to golf began under his college golf coach, the mid-Atlantic education chair Rick Miller. After a two-year apprenticeship under Rick, Patrick began his education, development and career in teaching and retail sales. Patrick was able to work with and under 5 top 100 instructors and for the second largest golf school in the country. Patrick has co-owned a retail business and is the founder of the Raspberry Golf Academy, which currently operates out of six locations in three states.

Patrick join the Raspberry team in the 2008 season with the introduction of the Raspberry Golf Academy, which has become the premier teaching and training brand in the metro Area. RGA is an innovative revenue stream for facilities operated by RGM.

 

RGM Golf Course Principals’ Management and Development Experience

  • Blackmoor – Murrells Inlet, SC –18 hole Gary Player designed daily fee golf course surrounded by a 500 acre rice plantation on the banks of the Waccamaw River. 1990
  • Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club – Leesburg, VA – The only Gary Player Signature course located in the State of Virginia. Raspberry Falls has received national recognition for service and excellence. Four Stars Golf Digest, Top Ten State of Virginia Golf Digest, Top 50 Service in United States, Golf Course Operations, Top 100 Public Courses, Golf World. 1996
  • Old Hickory Golf Club – Occoquan, VA –This Tim Freeland signature course opened in July 2003. It features bent grass tee to green with a turn of the century style clubhouse that has quickly become a popular wedding and corporate meeting venue. 2003
  • Royal Manchester Golf Links – Mt. Wolf, PA – 18 hole golf course Management Agreement with Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL) to operate. 2008
  • Bull Run Golf Course, Haymarket, VA – 18 hole Rick Jacobson designed golf course carved into over 450 acres of scenic meadowland. 2010
  • Legacy Golf Course, Phoenix, AZ – 18 hole Gary Panks Resort Championship course. 2011
  • Augustine Golf Course, Stafford, VA – 18 hole Rick Jacobson golf course that is at the top for semi-private facilities in state of Virginia. 2011
  • Chesapeake Golf Club, Chesapeake, VA – 18 hole, semi-private golf club operated by American Golf Corporation with upscale banquet facilities, full-service restaurant and pool. 1999
  • Reston National, Fairfax, VA – 18 hole, upscale public golf facility operated by American Golf Corporation. Rated by Washington Post as the number one public golf course in the D.C. metropolitan area
  • Ridgeview Golf & Country Club, Centreville, VA – Exclusive private club located in the historic Northern Virginia area, well known for its beautiful rural setting and extremely challenging 27 hole layout. The club played host to some of the area’s largest golf outings, as well as top amateur events.
  • Army Navy Golf & Country Club, Fairfax, VA – 1995
  • Carper’s Valley, Winchester, VA – 18 hole public golf course 1995
  • Pine tree, Boynton Beach, FL – 18 hole private Dick Wilson design (top 100 golf course) 1998
  • Vistoso, Oro Valley, AZ &ndash 18-hole resort course Morrish Weiskopf design (top 100 golf course) 1999
  • Loudoun Golf and Country Club, Purcellville, VA – a public driving range 2001
  • Kiln Creek Golf Club, VA
  • Brigantine Golf Links, NJ
  • Rancocas Golf Club, PA
  • Skippack Golf Club, PA
  • Hickory Heights Golf Club, PA
  • Hershey Country Club, PA
  • Kiskiack Golf Club, VA
  • Beaver Brook Golf Club, NJ
  • Goodwin & Kenen Park, CT
  • Virginia Oaks, VA
  • Bristow Manor Golf Club, VA
  • Honey Bee Golf Club, VA
  • Ocean View Gold Club, VA

RGM Principal's Construction and Development Experience

  • The Forest at Briarcliffe, Myrtle Beach, SC – 100 acre single family planned unit development. 1976
  • Beachwalk Villas, Hilton Head Island, SC – 136 condominiums surrounded by an 18 hole golf course designed by George Fazio. 1979
  • Evian, Hilton Head Island, SC – 200 condominiums surrounded by an 18 hole golf course designed by Willard Byrd. 1980
  • The Greens, Hilton Head Island, SC – 120 golf course condominiums surrounded by an 18 hole golf course designed by Willard Byrd. 1980
  • Victoria, Indian River Shores, FL – 53 oceanfront condominiums. 1980
  • The Oaks, Sarasota, FL – 1,500 acre bay front golf course community with a 27 hole private golf course designed by Willard Byrd. 1980
  • Skimmer Bay, Myrtle Beach, SC – 53 amenity oriented patio homes. 1981
  • Central Park, Hilton Head Island, SC – 20 acre commercial mixed use center. 1981
  • Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club, Myrtle Beach, SC – 1,100 acre golf and marina oriented planned unit development (single and multifamily) with golf course designed by Willard Byrd. 1983
  • Carolina Winds, Myrtle Beach, SC – 12 story, 124 unit oceanfront condominium hotel. 1983
  • The Savoy, Myrtle Beach, SC – 8 story, 18 unit oceanfront condominium. 1984
  • The Palms, Myrtle Beach, SC – two 19 story, 96 unit twin condominium oceanfront towers. 1984
  • The Patricia Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC – 18 story, 490 unit oceanfront hotel complex. 1985-87
  • Blue Heron, Murrells Inlet, SC – 24 unit, 3 story marsh front complex with townhouses stacked on flats. 1985
  • Westwind, North Myrtle Beach, SC – a 10 story, 82 unit oceanfront condominium. 1989
  • Blackmoor, Murrells Inlet, SC – an 18 hole Gary Player designed daily fee golf course surrounded by a 500 acre rice plantation on the banks of the Waccamaw River. 1990
  • Beach Colony Phase II, Myrtle Beach, SC – 12 story, 77 unit oceanfront condominium. 1994
  • Beach Cove Phase III, Myrtle Beach, SC –  17 story, 70 unit oceanfront condominium. 1995
  • Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club, Leesburg, VA – 18 hole Gary Player designed daily fee golf course located on a 1,000 acre tract in the suburban Washington D.C. market. 1996
  • Sea Watch Plantation Tower I, Myrtle Beach, SC – 15 story, 97 unit oceanfront condominium. 1997
  • Sea Watch Plantation North Tower, Myrtle Beach, SC – 19 story, 246 unit oceanfront condominium. 1998
  • Sea Watch Plantation Tower 3, Myrtle Beach, SC – 15 story, 100 unit oceanfront condominium. 1999
  • Harmony Plantation, Georgetown, SC –  800 acre Neo Traditional Development planned along 3 ½ miles of river frontage (Duany-Plater-Zyberk) – exercised a buy/sell agreement and withdrew after professional differences with existing developer. 1999
  • The Venice, Myrtle Beach, SC – 120 unit, 12 story off oceanfront condominium project – withdrawn from the market after an 8 month pre-sale marketing campaign stalled. 2000
  • Compass Cove Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC – 14 story, 99 unit oceanfront condominium. 2001
  • Ocean Reef Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC –  14 story, 91 unit oceanfront condominium. 2002
  • Old Hickory Golf Club, Occoquan, VA – 18 hole championship daily fee golf course in the suburban Washington D.C. market. 2003
  • Southwind on the Ocean, Myrtle Beach, SC –  14 story, 91 unit oceanfront condominium. 2004
  • Sea Island, Myrtle Beach, SC – 14 story, 150 unit oceanfront condominium. 2006
  • Ocean Blue, Myrtle Beach, SC  – 14 story, 36 unit oceanfront condominium. 2007
  • Market Commons, Myrtle Beach, SC – 500 Carriage Townhomes and Live/Work Townhomes in partnership with Dock Street Communities. 2007
  • Sunset Beach, NC  – 106 Carriage Townhomes and Live/Work Townhomes in partnership with Dock Street Communities. 2007
  • St. James Square, Myrtle Beach, SC – 83 Carriage Townhomes and Live/Work Townhomes in partnership with Dock Street Communities. 2007
  • North Beach Towers, Myrtle Beach, SC – 337 oceanfront condominiums completed. 2009