~ Staff ~

Tracy O. Newman

Head Golf Professional

Tracy Newman, came to Poplar Grove in April of 2007. Tracy was an allstate golfer in both high school at Liberty and in college at James Madison University. Tracy has been in the golf business in Central Virginia for the past 25 years. He came to Poplar Grove after spending the last 7 years as GM/Head Golf Professional at Ivy Hill Golf Club in Forest, Virgina. He also spent the 10 previous years in Forest at London Downs Golf Course. Through the years Tracy has become an accomplished teacher of the game of golf, and enjoys teaching golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Greg Cales

Golf Course Superintendent

Greg Cales started at Poplar Grove in 2013 as the Golf Course Superintendent. He is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture. Greg has spent the last 4 and a half years in Roanoke, Virginia as the Assistant Superintendent at Ballyhack Golf Club. Before his career at Ballyhack, he was the Assistant Superintendent for four years at the award winning Kinloch Golf Club in Richmond, Virginia. You will surely run into Greg as he makes the rounds with his furry companion “Maggie” on any given day.

R.J. Stein

Assistant Superintendent

R.J. came to Poplar Grove Golf Course in 2013 as the Assistant Superintendent. He is from Honolulu Hawaii, where he spent five years working at the Honolulu Country Club designed by Arnold Palmer. After moving to Virginia in 2005, he worked at the Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, Virgina, where he helped his colleague Greg Cales. His most recent experience is with the Ashley Plantation Country Club in Daleville, Virginia, where he was superintendent for three years.

Maxine Cabell

Director of Food and Beverage

Maxine returned to Poplar Grove in the Summer of 2013 as the Director of Food and Beverage after she first started working here in 2005. Poplar Grove is glad to have this hard-working, busy mom of 3 back. She specializes in catering and hospitality, and received her training in the Sweet Briar College catering department. Maxine loves to work and she will do anything to ensure that your food and beverage experience at Poplar Grove is unbeatable.

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