About Us

The Pinnacle Difference

Given the competitive nature of today’s golf environment, it is essential the highest levels of quality and efficiency be maintained at all times. Our company engages a true entrepreneurial approach and takes seriously our role as a partner with the ownership group and/or Board of Governors of each property.

Our philosophy is simple.  Upon becoming engaged in management services, we look to build a true win-win relationship and take full ownership for a successful operation. This means our management team provides the necessary direction and attention to detail to ensure the facility’s overall goals are met or exceeded. These targets are based on extensive communication with the ownership group, members, and guests of the facility. We hire and train a team of dedicated associates to implement the day-to-day plan and to protect facility assets.

Our Difference…We are In Business for the Business of Golf!

Begin your new journey today with Pinnacle Golf Properties! Are you looking for industry experts to guide you towards success?

Contact our team of professionals at Pinnacle Golf Properties who are ready and excited to help.

(704) 585-8286

1115 East Morehead Street, Suite 200
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204

The Pinnacle Golf Properties Team

David D. Taylor
Managing Partner, President

David has over 30 years of experience in the golf industry and is the co-founder, Managing Partner, and President of the Company. In addition to founding the company in 2002, David spent nine years as Director of Marketing/Public Relations for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama. This $140 million public golf development project consists of 468 holes in eleven Alabama cities. While in Alabama, David served on the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travels’ Advisory Board, the Advisory Board for the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, and the Board of Directors for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., in Birmingham. David has consulted with the State of Tennessee and The Bear Trace facilities, The State of Georgia, The State of West Virginia, and numerous golf courses in the Southeast on business objectives and marketing programs. He has extensive experience in event operations working with groups such as the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, and most recently the USGA in hosting the US Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park in Greensboro, NC. David served on the Board for the North Carolina chapter of the National Golf Course Owners’ Association and is heavily involved with golf leaders throughout the industry. He is a current Board member of the Myers Park High School Foundation, past President for Barclay Downs Swim and Racquet Club and also served on the Leadership Team for Selwyn Elementary School in Charlotte. He and his family are active members of First Presbyterian Church. David is a native of North Carolina and received his degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. David and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children and live in Charlotte.

Del Ratcliffe
Managing Partner, COO

Del has over 35 years of industry experience and is the Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Golf has been a lifelong passion for Del, and he has made a successful career out of a game and business that he loves. Del is a Class “A” member of the PGA of America as well as the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association.  His activities with these organizations are not limited to just membership; for over 20 years he has been heavily involved in local, regional, and national leadership in the golf industry. He is currently the President of the North Carolina Golf Course Owners Association, an affiliate of the National Golf Course Owners Association; he recently received the 2020 Don Rossi National award from that association, which recognizes an individual who has made significant and long lasting contributions to the NGCOA.  Del is a recognized expert in many facets of the golf business, with a particular emphasis on course operations, course projects, technology implementation and growth of the game efforts. Del has successfully built and/or renovated all types of golf facilities and specializes in working with noted golf architects to deliver projects on time and on budget, and then implementing a successful management operation.

Del is also the founder of Kodology, LLC. Although Kodology has its roots in the golf industry, it is primarily a technology company that develops marketing software for small and medium businesses that allow them to operate more efficiently and profitably. Kodology currently has over 220 golf clients. Del has 4 children and lives in Mooresville with his wife Sandra.

David Lankford, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer

David has over 35 years’ experience in corporate finance. He is responsible for all financial aspects of the Pinnacle Golf portfolio. He has over 25 years of hospitality/golf experience including operations and finances for multiple course properties and multiple course management operations. David has served Pinnacle Golf Properties as CFO for the past 20 years. David’s background includes working with Ron Jaworski’s golf management group, Lake Lure Golf Resort and operating 200-400 room properties for Six Continents Hotels (Holiday Inn). He has extensive experience in IT and network operations. He received his B.S. in Accounting from The University of South Florida. David has two children and lives in York with his wife Jan.

Kyle Kolls, PGA
VP, Director of Operations

Kyle has been involved in the golf industry for over 25 years and is currently the General Manager/Director of Golf at Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center in Greensboro, NC. He is responsible for all operations at the facility. He has been a member of the PGA of America since early 1988, and has been associated with high end, high profile facilities, such as Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, OK, and Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in West Palm Beach, FL. Prior to Pinnacle Golf Properties, he has worked for companies such as Landmark Land, Inc., and KSL Fairways Group. He has served on numerous boards within the PGA both in South Florida and Texas. He has been involved with event management and served as host professional for many events, such as, Chrysler Team Championship – PGA Tour, Rolex Tournament of Champions – AJGA tour, Florida State Open Championship, USGA Qualifiers, and many other PGA sectional and local tournaments. Before his recent arrival in North Carolina, Kyle was General Manager/Director of Golf at Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo, TX, and was involved in many community and local affairs. Kyle is a native of Texas and is married with four children.

Chuck Smith, CGCS
Director of Agronomy

Chuck has over 30 years’ experience in golf course maintenance and agronomy with a variety of facility types including private, semi-private and daily fee. He is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association and has strong horticulture and mechanical aptitudes. Chuck received his education from North Carolina State University with a mechanical engineering curriculum and turfgrass management. Chuck is currently headquartered at Tega Cay Golf Club which is the company’s 27-hole managed facility near Charlotte, North Carolina. Chuck and his wife Amy have 3 children and live in Belmont, NC.

Eddie Reagan
Accounting Manager

Eddie has over 20 years’ experience in corporate business management. As Accounting Manager, Eddie is responsible for the daily business management/financial aspects of the Company. Eddie’s background includes over 20 years as controller for Enterprise Rent-Car with 5 divisions. In addition, he owned and operated a Enterprise franchise store for three years before selling it in 2008 after turning it into a profitable business. He most recently served as Business Manager for Tega Cay Golf & Conference Center overseeing all accounting functions for the 27 hole golf and banquet complex. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Murray State University. Eddie lives in Fort Mill, SC.

Denise Barefoot
HR/Payroll Manager

Denise has over 12 years’ experience with multiple facility organizations and oversees the Payroll and HR Functions for the company. She works with each facility to maintain the high standards established for all employee related activities. Her multi facility experience serves our clients well. Most recently, Denise was employed with Delta Career Education Corporation where she supervised and processed payroll along with additional services for more than 35 colleges across the country. The total payroll for the organizations she supported was in excess of 3,500. Denise was also responsible for multiple modernization programs to establish a more efficient company and to elevate the employee satisfaction levels when consulting with payroll or HR representatives. Originally growing up in New England, Denise spent 8 years supporting a military family lifestyle, before finally settling in Charlotte with her husband, Chris, and two children, Alyssa, and Chase.