June 7, 2021

Indian Wells Golf Resort Names New GM

By Bob Marra

Indian Wells Golf Resort has appointed Sven Wiedenhaupt as the club’s new General Manager. Wiedenhaupt will oversee all elements of Indian Wells Golf Resort, including the facility’s two 18-hole golf courses, The VUE Restaurant, multiple event and F&B venues, guest service, as well as associate training and development.

Wiedenhaupt is a highly experienced and passionate hospitality industry veteran having led the operations at a number of international five-star hotels and resorts. He most recently served as the general manager at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, a 404-room, 18-villa luxury hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prior to Zabeel Saray, Wiedenhaupt was the general manager at Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Wild Wadi Waterpark, a five-star, 600-room resort in Dubai, where he led 2,000 associates representing 52 different nationalities.

“Sven’s brand of leadership and his focus on quality assurance, hospitality and the experience everywhere in the Resort will make a big splash rather quickly,” said Bill O’Brien, senior vice president, Troon.

Wiedenhaupt’s experience domestically and internationally has shaped his thoughtful leadership approach and commitment to embracing diversity, equity and hospitality for all. He has an exceptional track record with the development and building of teams, employee engagement, financial performance, sales, revenue strategies, F&B enhancements and change management.

“We are excited to welcome Sven to the Indian Wells Golf Resort,” said Indian Wells City Manager Chris Freeland. “Sven’s extensive hospitality background and commitment to the customer experience will help the Golf Resort grow as a wonderful place for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Originally from Germany, Wiedenhaupt is familiar with the Coachella Valley having served as director of operations at nearby Miramonte Resort from 2000 through 2001. He resides in La Quinta.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such an iconic world-class facility,” said Wiedenhaupt. “Working with both Troon and the City of Indian Wells is a unique and very special opportunity. It is going to be a tremendous journey working with the team!”


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