General Managers at The Cliffs could offer a master class in juggling. They keep every ball in the air – from the minutiae of daily operations to big-picture planning – all while maintaining The Cliffs’ standards of excellence. And they don’t just keep the balls afloat, they’ll push them higher. For Chris Rhodes, GM at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, striving for the best-possible member experience comes from his genuine love for what he does. Cliffs Living sat down with Chris to learn a little more about the man behind the position. Stay tuned for the next Cliffs Living for a Q&A with the GMs from The Mountain Region.
General Manager, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove
Background: Chris Rhodes was just 15 when he got his first job in the club industry bussing tables and washing dishes at Hammock Dunes Club in Florida. A decade later, he was the club’s F&B manager. At 29, Chris became GM of Mulholland Tennis Club in Los Angeles, making him one of the youngest GMs in the state at the time. Most recently, he was GM of Ocean Forest Golf Club on Sea Island before joining The Cliffs at Walnut Cove last July.
What do you most look forward to about work each day? Being at the club is like a second home and I truly feel like I am with family when I drive inside the gates. From the team I work with to the members and their guests that I interact with, this place is second to none and I am extremely blessed to be a part of it.
It’s your lucky day. You finish work and step outside to find a winning $10 million lottery ticket. What do you do first? Call my CPA…. But after that! Make sure my mom and dad never worry about another bill again in their lives. Then find a nice piece of property to live happily ever after.
What’s the last TV show you binge-watched? I think Rachel and I watched every episode of Ted Lasso in about 38 hours. It’s that good and we all need to laugh more now than ever.