Meet the Team

  • Brian Dees - General Manager
    • Brian Dees has over 30 years of club experience. Brian has worked in all aspects of the club business, having previously managed a club in Cape Cod and multiple clubs in Austin including the Ridge Club, University of Texas Golf Club, Lakecliff CC. Brian also owned and managed The Caddie Group, Prior to that Brian served in many roles in his 18 years at Barton Creek Resort & Club. In 2006, Brian was recognized as one of the Top 20 Most Admired Golf Operators by Golf, Inc. Brian and his wife Julie have two boys (Parker & Hudson) who are both attending TCU. Brian and Julie enjoy living in New Mexico.

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  • Director of Sales & Marketing - Open
  • Linda Sessa - Membership Relations Director
    • Linda Sessa comes to us from Tanoan Country Club where she worked as Member Relations for over 8 years. Previous to that she ran her own business in ABQ. We are very excited to have her on the team and the opportunity to create more focus on our members. This addition will help us create unique events to enjoy with friends and family.

      Linda will be producing and running all of our member activities like Mother’s Day Buffet, Cinco De Mayo, Holiday events, and many more! She says she is so excited to learn what The Canyon Club has to offer. We are looking forward to her working to improve our regular events that our members love so much and also bring new ideas to the table so buckle up!

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  • Don Yrene - Head Golf Professional
    • Don Yrene was born and raised in Albuquerque, attended Highland High where he played golf and basketball, then went to New Mexico State University where he was the #1 and #2 player on the golf team and graduated in 1989. Don has been a PGA of America Golf Professional since 1995 and has compiled quite a resume. Don's career highlight came at the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club where he made the cut at -1 under par and earned low club professional honors.

      Don and his wife Rhonda of 29 years have three beautiful children. He started playing golf when he was six years old and has loved the game since. He competed in junior golf, high school, college and professional golf. Prior to coming to The Canyon Club he was Head Golf Professional at Kankakee CC in Illinois. Don has also spent time at The Golf Club at Osprey Cove GA, TPC of Scottsdale and the Golf Club of Scottsdale. As well as instructing at Gainey Ranch, Resort Golf Schools. He started his career in the Club business as an Assistant Golf Professional here in Albuquerque at Santa Ana Golf Club.

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  • John "Hobo" Apodaca - Executive Chef
    • Chef John was born and raised in Albuquerque and started his culinary career very young as a dishwasher at the north valley staple, Murphy’s Mule Barn. He quickly worked his way through the ranks and had the itch to cook. Chef took what he already knew from standing beside his grandmother in the kitchen (and eating, of course!) and soon began traveling around and collecting many lessons and skills along the way.

      Chef John calls this portion of his culinary education "learning the art of the hobo". The term hobo is commonly misunderstood, but it originated as a reference to Civil War soldiers who were homeward bound and worked their way home after the war. It sometimes took years to make their way home as they earned a few dollars here and there going from job to job. Hobo’s are considered resourceful, self-reliant, and hardworking. These are the values that Chef has ascribed to in his career (and in life) as he travelled around gaining skills, knowledge and friends in this business. And so The Hobo Chef was born.

      You may have tasted Chef John’s creations in and around Albuquerque as the Executive Chef at the Indigo Crow, the Independence Grill and the Burger Basket, or most recently as Chef de Cuisine at Sunrise Springs Resort in Santa Fe.

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  • Lane Van Horn - Director of Events
    • The Canyon Club will revamp the search for our new Food and Beverage Director after the first of the year. 

  • Restaurant Manager - Open
    • The Canyon Club is currently seeking a new Chef De Cuisine. 

  • Rob Clark - Superintendent

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