Jeff Kinney : Assistant General Manager

Jeff Kinney

Assistant General Manager


The Woodlands would like to welcome Jeff Kinney as our new Assistant General Manager. Jeff comes to us with many years of Sr. management experience. He’s been married to his wife Melanie for 35 year and has two sons that live in the Columbia area. He also has two of the greatest grandchildren on the planet…in his opinion.

Jared Ivey : Chef

Jared Ivey


Jared comes to us from California with 13 years of culinary experience in the hospitality industry.

Samantha Sox : Membership & Event Director

Samantha Sox

Membership & Event Director

803-788-7771 ext 3

Samantha, originally from Kentucky, came down to South Carolina to go to USC where she got her degree in Sport and Entertainment Management. While in school Sam completed two internships, one at the 2012 London Olympics and one with the Carolina Panthers. After graduating she moved down to Charleston for a job at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and later took a job in membership and marketing at the National Golf Course Owners Association.

Sam and her husband decided to move back to Columbia in the spring of 2018 where she started the job as Membership and Events Director at The Woodlands. If you have any questions about membership or if you are looking to host an event please give her a call!

Danny Hodge : Assistant Golf Pro

Danny Hodge

Assistant Golf Pro

803-788-7771 ext.1

Born and raised in Sumter.  Attended Coastal Carolina.  Married 22 years (Suzanne) and have a 13 year daughter (Diana).  Past member of Sunset Country Club and Cooper’s Creek.  Previously was the Teaching Pro and GM at Indian River Golf Club.

James Morrison : Head Tennis Professional

James Morrison

Head Tennis Professional


Merci Hair : Accounting

Merci Hair


803-788-7771 ext 5

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Merci is a graduate of North Augusta Technical College, having received her degree in accounting.

Merci has been employed at the Woodlands since March of 1984. As the Comptroller she handles all accounting and financial matters at the Woodlands. If you ever have a question regarding your account, please feel free to call Merci so that we may address it.

David Peek : Golf Course Superintendent

David Peek

Golf Course Superintendent


David has over 20 years of experience in Turf Management.  Previous courses he has worked at include Marsh Harbor Golf Club, Wildewood & Woodcreek Country Clubs, and most recently he was at Timberlake Country Club.

Cydney Donnelly : Swim Team Coach and Swim Instructor

Cydney Donnelly

Swim Team Coach and Swim Instructor

Known for fabulous, lush, Champion Bermuda grass Greens, The Woodlands Golf & Country Club offers a Russell Breeden design, 18-hole Championship Golf Course that can accommodate players of all levels.

Under the direction of PTR certified Tennis Professionals, James Morrison and Sarah Stewart, The Woodlands is a premier facility for both junior and adult tennis players of all levels.

Home of the league champion Wahoos Swim Team, the Woodlands Swim Center offers a Junior-Olympic sized pool and toddler pool along with a snack bar, ample patio space, and swim lessons for the whole family.

Complete with a full bar and kitchen, the Member’s Grill & Lounge features a beautiful banquet and patio space overlooking the golf course, making it an excellent place for your special event.