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Meet Timothy Smith of The Loma Club in Liberty Station

Today we’d like to introduce you to Timothy Smith.

Timothy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In June of 2015, I met with Mark Stevens and Ty Hauter (owners of GTD Golf LLC) regarding the open General Manager’s position at The Loma Club. During this meeting we discussed my visions of the club and what potential there was for the 17-acre property. After accepting the role, I quickly implemented a new attack on the property that was previously run as a contemporary golf business. Adding Live music weekly, investing in high quality Glow Golf equipment, converting the clubhouse into a social club with games and activities for golfers and nongolfers alike. With the support of the owners, I have been able to expand on the potential of the grounds and continue to work with our team at Good Time Design to find new ways to offer great experiences for our patrons.

Being a native New Yorker from the Finger Lakes Region, I treasure open space. San Diego has become so densely populated that to have 17 acres in the heart of central SD is a truly special thing.

I have been in the Hospitality Business since the late 90’s, The Loma Club has allowed me to utilize decades of experiences and techniques to diversify the types of events that we host for the public as well as assist in bringing twists to annual functions and special celebrations.

Over the past two years we have continued to expand on the idea of making The Loma Club a social club with the amenity of Golf. My vision has always been for our guests and members to consider the club their favorite “back yard”. We have hosted numerous weddings, fundraising events, mini-brewfests, traditional and nontraditional golf tournaments, concerts, and celebrations. Liberty Station has grown substantially since my tenure here and with all the added exposure it has been important to expand the versatility of the grounds while maintaining the treasured course that has been a community gem for decades.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been the smoothest path, when we first started hosting new public events gaining traction took some time and effort. San Diego has hundreds of events and activities for people to choose from daily, so getting new guests to come by and check us out definitely was a slower process than hoped for.

Point Loma is a fantastic community within San Diego though, and once the word started to spread we saw a huge amount of support from the families that live here. It didn’t take long to see the community appreciates having a family friendly environment that offers so much to do. On any given day you can find kids playing ping pong and shuffleboard while mom or dad is playing a quick round of golf or reading a book on the patio overlooking the green space.

In the beginning, our Friday night music would bring out 30-40 people, these days when we host a band on the patio there can be 200+ people on property enjoying the music in an outdoor environment while cocktailing and dining.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Loma Club story. Tell us more about the business.
The Loma Club is a 9 hole Par 3 golf course that sits in Historic Liberty Station. We offer public play as well as memberships. Our Clubhouse contains games ranging from Golden Tee, Big Buck Hunter, Pop A Shot Basketball to Billiards, and Ping Pong. We have a full bar as well as a grill that offers a small but well-made menu of American favorites. Our patios are beautiful and overlook the 17-acre golf course, we host public events as well as reserve the space for private functions and celebrations. We have local musicians perform weekly on Friday evenings and in the Summer months expand the days that we have entertainment.

We are still most recognizable as the golf club in Liberty Station however we see a large influx of non-golfers for our events as well as to enjoy the game rooms and bar.

The Loma Club and GTD Golf pride ourselves in offering a refreshing and upbeat look at using the land we control for golf as well as public and private events. Having land in San Diego is amazing and using it in ways that the whole community can enjoy is what really makes The Loma Club special.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I have worked since I was 12 years old and take pride in being able to provide for myself and my family.

Luck is a word I would use for stumbling across people and places that can help you find yourself. It may have been deemed unlucky when I was laid off in Las Vegas in August of 2007, however I consider it a lucky event because I had recently visited San Diego to meet up with some longtime friends from NY, and fell in love with the energy of the city. With a little more luck, I had a job offer in SD within 2 weeks and made the move 20 days after losing my role in Las Vegas.

I do have 3 holes in ones which I also consider a bit of luck. I have been an avid golfer most of my life and in the last two years I have recorded 3 aces on my scorecards. That’s either luck or a blessing from my wife, since they all came after she said “I Do”.

Bad luck can be used as an excuse for negative happenings in life and as a youth I would blame luck at times. These days I prefer to own what good and bad things may happen. I have learned that only you can control the outcome of your life though the Irish in my blood definitely wants to encourage the idea of luck.

Pricing:

  • $16 9 hole rounds of golf
  • Memberships range from $75-$1000 based on packages

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2690 Truxton Road
  • Website: www.thelomaclub.com
  • Phone: 6192224653
  • Email: timothysmith@thelomaclub.com
  • Instagram: The Loma Club
  • Facebook: The Loma Club

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