La Gorce Country Club's General Manager
Walking into the General Manager’s office at La Gorce Country Club is like walking into a by-gone era, a throwback to the beginnings of Miami Beach. There are newspaper clippings on the wall which reveal a simpler time. The year is 1967, and Mark Tyson has just graduated from Beach High. The clippings tell of his mission to bring youth and development to the beach.
Mark remembers searching for cool places to hang out with friends. “I always imagined Miami Beach with a high-end bowling alley,” he says, “and now that we have one, I want more.”
After graduating from the University of Florida with a Master’s degree in Psychology, Mark found himself working in exclusive resorts and country clubs around the world. Eventually, he retuned to his home city to take the lead at La Gorce Country Club.
As General Manager, Mark wants to further integrate La Gorce Country Club with the City of Miami Beach by becoming more involved in the community, local charitable organizations and cultural entities such as the Opera and Piano Guild. He looks forward to hosting golf tournaments to help raise money for charities such as the Cancer Foundation and aims to have more events such as the yearly Toy Drive held at the Club during the holidays. And, Mark is interested in creating a scholarship program for local students. He feels all of these types of assimilations will help bring La Gorce and the community closer.
The result? A win-win situation.
The Beach has grown tremendously since Mark attended Beach High. The ever changing skyline along the golf course is testament to how the city has thrived and flourished. La Gorce, founded in 1927, has kept up with the times. The club offers its Members and guests a world class Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, cuisine by some of the most renowned chefs in the world; and a new clubhouse stucture completed in 2004. Other amenities include tennis courts, pool and fitness facilities.
As can be expected, La Gorce is reserved and refined. It is a wonderful place for young professionals to network as well as a haven for families to spend time by the pool. And at the helm, they have a manager who has the Club and community’s best interests at heart. He believes “if you do good, it will come back to you. When the club opens to the community, eventually the community will come back to the Club”.