Meet the Golf Zoo Team

Golf Zoo was created by golfers and travel professionals with over 40 years of experience. A one-size fits all approach might work well for some things, but we think golf vacations should be tailored to you. That's why our motto is Golf Vacations Fit to a Tee. Our Golf Vacation Specialists help you tailor your vacation to fit your needs and budget, and actually live and play in the destinations they specialize in. Their expertise and commitment are fueled by a genuine love of the game. Count on us for personalized service and accurate, unbiased information. Whether you're traveling with friends or planning a corporate outing, leave the details to Golf Zoo. We'll deliver a high quality golf vacation at a competitive price.

» Christopher Parcell

Vice President

Phoenix / Scottsdale Office

“CP” is celebrating his 19th year in the Golf Vacation business this year. Originally from Austin, TX, Chris has lived in the Scottsdale area with his wife Michelle since 1999, and has witnessed his own handicap go from 12 to 20 since the birth of his daughter Abigail in 2003.

The founding member of the Scottsdale based “CPGA” where wagering is more revered than actual skill or work ethic on the range, CP has been “totally lucky” enough to score 2 Holes in One - the first in 1993, and the 2nd in 1996.

A die hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, CP is in a sense, bitter. He's a die-hard Steelers guy who works for a company based in, of all places, Baltimore, Maryland, home of the hated Ravens. What can you do?

» Craig Gordon

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Myrtle Beach Office

Craig, a Maryland native, graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach with a degree in Professional Golf Management and Marketing. After spending 7 years as a Golf Professional and rarely having the opportunity to work on his own game, he joined the Golf Zoo team in 2005. Now playing all the golf he can handle is a part of the job!

Craig has been around golf his entire life, taught entirely by his dad on their backyard green and driving range. Now he and his wife Amber have 2 children - Lyla who is 12 and Connor who is 9. They're just starting to show some interest in the game and work on their golf swings!

» Lori Greene

Golf Vacation Specialist

Phoenix / Scottsdale Office

Lori Greene hails from the Big Apple. She pioneered her way to the Wild West in 1989 and settled in the beautiful city of Scottsdale AZ.

Lori began her exciting career at Golf Zoo in 2002 and has the distinction of being one of the original Golf Vacation specialist with the company.

Her knowledge of the locale is second to none. Resorts, Golf, nightlife and dining are just the tip of the iceberg of her extensive expertise in her home town.

» Glen Parizo

Golf Vacation Specialist

Orlando Office

Glen has been playing golf for over 45 years and is a native of Upstate New York. Glen has been with Golf Zoo almost 13 years and basically started the Florida region for Golf Zoo.

He has played competitive golf over the years and at one time had a 1 Handicap. That's not the case now - working too hard at Golf Zoo and loving it. "How great is it to be a passionate golfer and talk about it every day!"

Glen's son Alex, 25, is working in the golf business currently. Glen is always very upfront and honest when dealing with his clients, you always know what you're getting.

» Mark Sutherland

Golf Vacation Specialist

Orlando Office

Mark is a native Floridian living in the Orlando area and has played courses all over Florida and the United States, plus Caribbean and Bermuda since taking up the game at the age of 7. He lived in North Carolina for eight years as well... that may explain the slight southern accent and high expectations for great southern hospitality.

Like others that have played the game, Mark was a good player through college and a few years after, but now enjoys traveling and meeting with Resort and other lodging partner properties and golf course partners throughout the Florida, Caribbean, and Bermuda destinations. Plus playing a round here and there! He has vowed to get his game back, but after all these years and time dedicated to taking care of golf groups, we aren't betting on it!

» Mike Alfano

Golf Vacation Specialist

Myrtle Beach Office

Mike grew up in New Jersey before migrating south to Myrtle Beach, SC in 2000 to attend college at Coastal Carolina University. Now having lived half of his life in South Carolina, he has adjusted to the slower pace a bit (but still struggles with it from time to time). He didn't pick up the game of golf until after college, but he quickly fell in love with the game... even though he still considers himself a hack.

When Mike isn't working or out on the course, he likes to spend time with his wife, Sybil, their children, Shane and Indie, as well as playing roller hockey and surfing. Mike also enjoys traveling, having been lucky enough to go to Fiji, Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Mike is quite content getting to live in a place that offers him as many courses and waves as he can handle.

» Diana Crosthwaite

Golf Vacation Specialist

San Diego, CA Office

Living in Southern California, Diana is able to play golf year around when time permits. Diana has been in the Travel Industry for over 30 years with the last 9 years specializing in golf holidays. She enjoys playing the local courses as well as courses in Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Mexico. Favorite thing to do, spend time with her Grandchildren and can't wait to introduce them to the great sport of golf.

After traveling extensively it's hard to pick one place, one golf course as favorite but the Glashedy course at Ballyliffin Golf Club in Northwest Ireland is one of the first ones to come mind as a favorite course, for her the challenge was just right and the scenery spectacular. Enniscrone Golf Club in Ireland is another great one. She thinks anyone would enjoy a round of golf on the Kingsbarns course in Scotland - just be prepared if your ball ends up in a bunker! Although the Old Course at St. Andrews is the home of golf there are so many other great courses to play in Scotland.

» Scott Curry

Golf Vacation Specialist

Southern California Office

Scott grew up in San Diego until he thought he was good enough to be a professional golfer. He moved to Palm Springs and soon realized he was nowhere near good enough!

After four years in Palm Springs caddying at The Tradition Golf Club and playing a bunch of golf, Scott moved to the Oregon coast to start caddying at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. This last summer was his 13th year caddying and he continues to caddy when he isn't too busy with Golf Zoo.

Although he still plays to about a +2 handicap, he is way too busy spending time with his wife, Tracy and two beautiful girls Addison, 8 and Elise, 6. Scott has tried to get his girls into golf, but ballet and gymnastics seem to be the chosen hobbies for now!

» Kurt Hoffman

Golf Vacation Specialist

Southern California

As a young golfer growing up in Texas with old Wilson blades and a few persimmons, Kurt always dreamed of moving to Arizona to further pursue his love of the game. Now 30 years later and owning slightly better clubs, he has worked, caddied, and played all over the desert southwest and the inter-mountain west to become a knowledgeable spokesman to the game of golf and all golfers' wishes, wants, and needs. With customer service being paramount, Kurt will always have the golfer's best interest in mind when preparing your next golf vacation.

» Todd Krauss

Golf Vacation Specialist

Mid Atlantic Office

Todd who "used" to be a stick... now is a better than average hack...attended Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Tech with ambitions to become a golf pro.

After taking a turfgrass class, he switched majors and then graduated with a degree in turfgrass science. After many years as a Golf Course Superintendent, he has now joined the Golf Zoo team! With his extensive agronomy knowledge, you can feel confident in his course recommendations.

When Todd is not out on the links he is an avid hunter with his own "secret" jerky recipe!

Family is a huge part of his life. Todd is an amazing father to his two daughters, Hannah and Izzy, and is looking forward to teaching them and his fiancee Argie the game of golf.

» Skip Skipper

Golf Vacation Specialist

Orlando Office

Yes...his name is actually Skip Skipper!

Ever since he was 5 years old and his father put an Arnold Palmer 4-wood in his hands, Skip has had a love affair with the game of golf. Competing in tournaments of all formats from a young age to present day has only fueled his passion for the game over the years.

Growing up in Florida, and working most of his life in the state has enabled Skip to stay and play at Resorts and Courses throughout Florida.

Over the years, Skip has created his own lifetime memories traveling on Golf Vacations to Ireland, the Dominican Republic, and throughout Florida. He now wakes up each day excited to consult with golfers to create their own memories!

» John Hodge

Golf Vacation Specialist

Phoenix / Scottsdale Office

"Hodgey" is first and foremost a single father to special needs Paxton. "I'm so grateful he chose me to be his Dad".

He has been around the golf business all his life, having worked at outstanding golf facilities in TN, AZ, and CA. In addition to his club responsibilities, he created and hosted the first weekly year-round golf radio show in the state of Tennessee, hosted the Comedy Zone Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting the Susan G Komen and Make-A-Wish foundations, contributed articles to a Tennessee golf publication, and emceed the check presentation for the Web.com tour's Knoxville Open. "A friendly wager always makes golf a little more fun."

Hodgey is a huge fan of desert golf, with the arid climate that allows for year-round play, and the plethora of fabulous golf courses throughout the desert southwest -- "Lots of great golf without the humidity and the rainouts!"

» Rick Holofcener

Rick Holofcener

Owner / CEO

Chiang Mai, Thailand Office

Rick, a serial entrepreneur, has started many travel related businesses since 1982 including Tours de Sport, Golf Zoo, EasyRes Technologies, ResLogic, and VAVA Frozen Yogurt. His 25+ years experience operating leisure travel companies coupled with his experience creating reservation systems and online booking engines for the travel industry has helped keep their travel businesses on the cutting edge. Rick is currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand and enjoys playing golf, skiing, tennis, and kitesurfing as often as possible.

» Ed Holofcener

Ed Holofcener

Owner

Baltimore, MD
West Palm Beach, FL

Ed was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. Happily married to his wife Janine for over 35 years (Wow!) We are thrilled that our son Adam and his wife added the newest member to the family, our grandson Wallace (see pic), born 3/26/17. Their daughter Ashley, married in March 2018, had a wonderful destination wedding in Cartagena, Colombia! Ed and his wife are "snowbirds" and elude the cold weather by spending over half the year living in West Palm Beach, FL where he plays lots of golf and pickleball. They travel quite a bit "testing" out various golf courses around the US and beyond with recent golf trips to Pebble Beach, Scotland, Whistling Straits and The Masters... It's a tough job but somebody has to do it! Ed started Golf Zoo with his brother Rick where it has become the largest golf travel company in North America. They also own Tours de Sport, a ski travel company they created, which has been in business since 1982.

» Jean FitzGerald

Jean FitzGerald

Vice President of Finance and Operations

Baltimore Office

Born and raised in Baltimore, Jean's attempts at skiing revolved around the Annual "Spider" Sabich Memorial Ski Club trek to Seven Springs. That lasted about 4 years and then it was time for a new sport and a new boyfriend. Started with Tours de Sport in 2001 as the Financial and Personnel Manager and she has stayed safely behind her desk ever since.

» Chad Orton

Chad Orton

Director of Marketing

Baltimore Office

Chad, a father of 3, has lived most of his life in Upstate NY, but after graduating from SUNY Oswego with a degree in Marketing, he moved to the Baltimore area. Even though his golf game could seriously improve (breaking 100 is a 'win'), he has taken up foot golf and has found he is much better kicking a soccer ball then swinging a club on the course.

» Craig "Lipskippy" Lipinski

Craig Lipinski

Operations Manager

Baltimore Office

Craig has spent most of his life in the Baltimore area, but currently resides in Hampstead. After graduating from Towson University with a degree in Marketing in 2008, he started at Golf Zoo / Tours de Sport in the operations department where he currently resides as the Operations Manager. He has been fortunate enough this past summer to have 2 holes in one - unfortunately both in mini-golf! In his free time, he also enjoys jamming on his guitar to his favorite music.

» Jessica Evanick

Jessica Evanick

Marketing Specialist

Baltimore Office

Jessica, a New Jersey native, relocated to Baltimore since becoming a Towson University alum in 2014. During her 4 years there she was a student-athlete as a goalkeeper for the women's soccer team. She started with Golf Zoo as an intern and after graduating with a degree in Marketing, she was working full time that summer. In her free time Jessica enjoys sports, watching Netflix, and hiking. She is an avid fan of the New York Yankees, as well as New York Jets.

» Baylee Heller

Baylee Heller

Operations Department

Baltimore Office

Baylee has spent her entire life in the Baltimore area. She attended Franklin High School where she played on the lacrosse team for all 4 years. She then continued her education at Towson University and became an active member of Alpha Phi sorority. Baylee started with Golf Zoo as an intern in the Fall of 2017. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Sport Management/Business Administration in December of 2017 and accepted a full time position with Golf Zoo. In her free time, she enjoys being outside with her MANY animals and loves supporting her Ravens, O's, and favorite golfer Jordan Spieth.

» Snowy

Snowy

Mascot

Baltimore Office

Snowy started with Golf Zoo in 2005 and has learned a lot in the time she has been here. She takes great pride in working here and is very eager to come to work each day. She has kept the office a “cat-free” environment during her tenure here. She has lived in the Baltimore area her whole life and is very familiar with the lay of the land. She does not golf but has been known to chase the occasional stuffed animal.

R.I.P. 1995 – 2009.

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