Jeff Ward – Owner/Operator, President, Head Golf Professional
Jeff Ward was born into a golf family and was given his first club at age two. His love for the game intensified as he went on to play tournament junior golf and to compete in both high school and at the College of William & Mary. After graduating with a double major in Finance and Economics, Jeff joined the family business in 2003 as the Head Golf Professional at Twin Willows. Jeff is a US Kids Certified Instructor and has lead countless juniors to tournament level competition, and successful high school and college golf careers.
In addition to teaching golf, Jeff oversees all aspects of course management, upkeep, and maintenance. In conjunction with his wife Nicole, Jeff runs the Golf Academy and is continuously educating the TWGA teaching staff.
Carol Ward – Vice President, Office Manager
Carol Ward earned her degree in Art Education and taught for 2 years before joining her husband’s family business in 1970. Alongside her husband Rich and his family, Carol built up and managed the restaurant at Lincoln Park Swim Club. Since the Swim Club’s closing in 2001, Carol has been able to use her creativity and artist’s eye to build and beautify Twin Willows’ many gardens. Carol currently serves as Office Manager for Twin Willows Par 3.
Nicole Ward – Vice President, Director of Business Development, Golf Fitness Professional
Nicole Ward attended the University of Delaware earning a degree in Interpersonal Communications. After teaching elementary school for a short time, Nicole decided to combine her professional background in education with her passion for healthy living, fitness and overall wellbeing. Since 2006 she has been training adults, teens and children for sports performance, weight management, and general health and fitness. She is the owner and head trainer at DRIVE Sports Performance & Personal Training here at Twin Willows.
Nicole joined the Ward family in 2010 and has become increasingly more involved in the family business. She is now the Director of Business Development and Marketing, and your main contact point for all things Golf Academy.
Jack McLaughlin, Superintendent
Jack grew up in Verona, New Jersey and attended Rutgers Golf Turf Management School. He has over 25 years of experience in golf course construction and turf management, and has been a superintendent for the past 13 years. Jack has worked at Black Bear Golf Club, Edgewood Country Club, Ballyowen Golf Club, and both Deer Run and The Meadows right here in Lincoln Park.
We are thrilled to have Jack join our team to help make your experience at Twin Willows the best it can be. Jack is very involved in the Lincoln Park PAL. He serves as the Director of Youth Football, coaches basketball and is a PAL Board Member.
Darren Funabashi, Head of Beautification
Darren Funabashi served as the head greenskeeper and property manager at Twin Willows from 2015-2020. He has over 30 years of experience in horticulture, the retail floral industry and landscape design. He has consulted for many private golf courses in New Jersey, specifically hired for garden beautification. In conjunction with owner Jeff Ward and Superintendent Jack McLaughlin, Darren ensures the best care for the golf course and the best playing experience for our patrons.