Riviera Country Club appoints Jim Richerson as general manager


From the PGA of America and the Troon to the Riviera Country Club, Jim Richerson is on the move.

Riviera Country Club President Megan Watanabe announced Wednesday that Richerson will be the new general manager of the historic Los Angeles venue, site of the Genesis Invitational.

Richerson, who works at Troon’s headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, will relocate with his family to Southern California when he begins his new role. He has been president of the PGA of America since November 2020 and his tenure, which included a Ryder Cup victory for the United States last September, will end after two years in November.

“We are delighted to have Jim join our team at Riviera Country Club,” Watanabe said in a statement released by the club. “Jim is a respected leader in the world of golf and his expertise and connections will be a tremendous asset in guiding us as we move towards our centennial as well as the US Women’s Open in 2026 and the men’s and men’s Olympic golf competitions. women in 2028.”

The club was founded in 1926.

“Riviera Country Club is one of the most prestigious clubs in the world,” Richerson said in the same statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of continuing the great legacy and history of this iconic club and working with our dedicated management team and passionate members.”

Richerson, who has 34 years of golf experience, has been with Troon for five years, where he was senior vice president of operations. Previously, he was Managing Director of Kohler Co. in Wisconsin, where he ran facilities at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run as well as The Duke’s Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Richerson’s father was the golf coach for Northeast Missouri State, now called Truman State.


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