Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

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 Mike Thompson, Golf Shop Manager

Mike joined the ground crew at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course in 2014.  His southern hospitality, and passion for the sport were a natural fit to move him into the role of the Golf Shop Manager in 2017.

Born and raised in Winchester, Virginia - Mike fell in love with sports and education at a young age.  He later went on to play baseball for the Millersville University Marauders, and pursued a B.S. Degree in Education.   During Mike's tenure - he took on the role of teacher, coach, and Superintendent of Recreation for the Winchester Parks and Recreation Department.  

Mike loves everything about the game of golf and welcomes the opportunity for instruction in a relaxed and uncomplicated approach to teaching this difficult game.  With over 30 years of golf tournament experience and an instructor of physical education, Mike helps golfers of all abilities to achieve their golfing goals. Whether you are looking for help with your consistency, your driving, your short game or you’d just like to enjoy the game by scoring lower, Mike's the guy for the job.   


 John M. Hollick, Superintendent

John began by working on golf carts for private owners at Berwick Golf Club, where his uncle was a member, for extra cash and complementary play. He then went to Edgewood in the Pines Golf Club as a part-time golf cart mechanic. Next was Sugarloaf Golf Club, hired again part-time as a Marshal, then moved to the greens department where he caught the bug for maintaining the golf course.

A life changing experience prompted him to seek acceptance to the Turf Management program at Penn State University, part of which included a six month internship at Dowingtown Country Club, where a total renovation of that course was taking place.

Graduating from PSU in 1997, he was fortunate to be hired as a Second Assistant Superintendent building the Jack Nicklaus designed, Great Bear CC, In Marshals Creek, PA. He then moved to Frosty Valley CC in 1999 as an Assistant, training to replace their retiring Superintendent. This was the move that attained his goal of living and working near his children.  

Indian Hills CC in Paxinos, PA came calling in 2000, looking to replace their Super who was leaving for another job. John was superintendent there for six years before coming to Knoebels Three Ponds GC at the recommendation of Steve Jepko, former owner of Three Ponds, in 2007. He strives to continue to improve the aesthetics, conditions, and playability here along with the Knoebel family.

Food & Beverage Marketing Specialist

 Vanessa Lippay, Food & Beverage Manager

With over 10 years of experience in the food & beverage industry, Vanessa is excited to join the Three Ponds’ team. Vanessa began working seasonally at Knoebels in 2002, so you may have seen her grilling burgers at the Phoenix Junction Steakhouse, making your favorite Starbuck’s Frappuccino, or supervising the Old Mill Ice Cream stand.

While in school, Vanessa travelled as much as possible and took special delight in the local cuisines. Vanessa obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Rice University (Houston, TX), a Masters of Biomedical Science from The Commonwealth Medical College (Scranton, PA), and studied on the Caribbean island of Grenada for a year. After working in research, home health, and as an IT specialist, Vanessa realized what she really wanted was a career that would allow her to express her creativity, her commitment to excellent customer service, and her passion for food. When the opportunity to help build and promote the Nickle Plate Bar & Grill became available for the 2016 season, she jumped at the chance to re-join the Knoebels’ family permanently!


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