An impressive team with decades of experience in creating distinctive, internationally renowned golf courses and clubs is leading the development of Three Lakes.
Michael is Chairman of Duck Pond Associates, a private investment company who, together with his family, developed and owns Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York. Sebonack was developed with a keen environmental sensitivity, including preservation of wetlands and open space, and Sebonack will serve as a model for Three Lakes. Michael was the driving force behind many other enterprises throughout his business career, including Oxford Resources Corp., a national independent automobile finance company and WLNY TV, a commercial television station in New York. Michael has been involved in many charitable causes and organizations, including the Catholic Faith Network, The Viscardi Center (a national non-profit serving children and adults with disabilities), the Pope John Paul Cultural Center in Washington, DC, and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in Jupiter, Fla. He is a former Trustee and currently a member of the Knights of Malta. Michael has been a Florida resident for over 30 years. His philanthropic nature and spirit are evident in all that he does. “You’ve got to be a good steward of what you have,” he says.
Stephen M. Ross
Stephen M. Ross is the Chairman and Founder of Related Companies, owner of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and a devoted philanthropist. Mr. Ross formed Related in 1972 and today the company includes approximately 4,000 professionals. Related is the most prominent-privately owned development company in the U.S and one of the largest owners and preservationists of affordable housing in the country. Mr. Ross is Chairman and co-founder of RSE Ventures, and an investor in Equinox® Fitness Clubs, Equinox Hotels and SoulCycle.
Mr. Ross proudly serves on the Executive Committee as a trustee of Lincoln Center, as a trustee of New York - Presbyterian Hospital, a director on the board of Cornell Tech, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the New York Stem Cell Foundation, and the World Resources Institute (WRI) where he established the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Furthermore, he has used his platform to harness the unifying power of sport to advance race relations through the establishment of the nonprofit Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). He is the largest single donor to the University of Michigan supporting the Ross School of Business, critical athletic facilities, scholarships, and other key initiatives. In 2013, Mr. Ross pledged to give more than half of his estate to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations through the Giving Pledge.
Mr. Ross graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, from Wayne State University Law School with a Juris Doctor degree and from New York University School of Law with a Master of Laws in Taxation. In 2004, the University of Michigan renamed its business school the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and in 2011 the University of Michigan awarded Mr. Ross an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws.
Mike Davis came to prominence setting up U.S. Open courses and overseeing the game’s governance functions, and later rose to the top leadership position in the United States Golf Association (USGA). He joined the USGA in 1990 and was promoted to U.S. Open Championship Director in 1995 and thereafter led Rules & Competitions in the 2000s. Davis was promoted to Executive Director in 2011 and was named the organization’s first CEO in 2016. He has been called a “transformational leader and effective leader with an unselfish ability to connect across the community of golf through a genuine bond with the game.” He has joined forces with Tom Fazio II in the firm Fazio & Davis Golf Design to pursue his lifelong passion for golf course design, which included the vision of a multi-course golf club in southern Martin County. He and his wife live year-round in Jupiter, Florida.
Tom Fazio II
For more than two decades, Tom Fazio II has earned a reputation as one of the golf industry’s most well-respected designer/builders. Learning the business from the fairway level through project management from his father and uncle, Fazio II worked on course designs in Florida, Indiana, Maine, Ohio and Spain before opening his own Florida-based business, Tom Fazio II Designs, in 1995. The hallmarks of a Tom Fazio II Designs course are unlimited personal attention to every detail, conscientious adherence to a budget, and on-time delivery of a top-quality project. After being on his own for more than 25 years, working in the United States, Asia, and Europe, Tom has recently joined forces with Mike Davis, recently retired CEO of the USGA, to create the Fazio & Davis Golf Design firm. Tom is a full-time Florida resident.
Lynn Connelly is a businesswomen whose career has spanned the world of sports, entrepreneurship and corporate business. She is recognized as a strategic leader and an innovative marketing executive. Lynn is a Founding Partner of AccessCircles, a global network for women focused on health and wellness and she served as a marketing executive for Office Depot where she led Office Depot’s strategic entry into the women’s market and the world of sports, including the Olympics, 22 teams - NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA and NASCAR, where she was recognized as NASCAR’s Marketer of the Year. Lynn was the visionary creator of Office Depot’s Success Strategies for Businesswomen, noted as one of the nation’s most prominent women’s conferences. She was honored with the Office Depot’s Visionary Award in 2006.
Prior to her business career, Lynn played on the Ladies Professional Golf Tour (LPGA). Her career took her around the world for over a decade, winning in Asia and amassing numerous top finishes in the U.S. Lynn has 14 hole-in-ones and served on the LPGA Foundation Board from 2010-2017 and as Chair her last two years. Lynn grew up in Palm Beach County and was a scholar athlete at the University of Florida, where she was the captain of the women’s golf team and won the SEC Women’s Golf Championship. She holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern. Lynn has been a resident of Palm Beach County for 45 years.