Dan Whittington, Ambassador

Dan is the former COO & General Manager of The Ridge Golf & Gardens.  In 2014 Dan retired from Honda after 33 years and took over operations at The Ridge in 2017. In January of 2023, Dan retired once again into the role of Ambassador of The Ridge.

Dan has developed a reputation as a top tier multi sport athlete in Union County throughout his life.  Dan’s love for competition has also fueled his passion for coaching.  From 2015-18 Dan was an assistant coach for the Marysville H.S. girls softball team.

Dan is very patriotic and is known to yell out “God Bless America” on occasion.

A resident of Marysville, Dan and his wife, Laurie, are the parents of three adult children.



Laurie Whittington, C.F.O.

Laurie is in charge of the Finances at The Ridge Golf & Gardens.  Laurie has served as Senior Advisor to the CEO of Memorial Health where she was an employee for more than 30 years.  Laurie’s years of leadership experience and financial know how are invaluable to our success.

Laurie graduated from Ohio State with a BS in Medical Technology. She earned a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Capella University and a certification from the American Society of Clinical Pathology in addition to licensure in Nursing Home Administration.  Laurie has served on the board of the United Way of Union County completing two terms, including six years on their Community Investment Committee. Since June 2014, Laurie has served as treasurer for the Lady Monarchs Softball program associated with Marysville High School.

A resident of Marysville, Laurie and her husband, Dan, are the parents of three adult children.




Nick McAdow, Superintendent

Born and raised in Marysville Ohio, Nick started in the golf business as a general laborer in high school in 1994. Nick then went on to the University of Toledo and graduated from Owens College with honors with a degree in Landscape & Turf Management with a specified degree in Golf Course Management.  Nick has just always loved the sport of golf.  That passion led him to undertake the massive revitalization effort of the golf course at The Ridge.  Within a short period of time, Nick’s hard work and expertise has paid off in a massive renaissance of one of Central Ohio’s most beautiful golf courses.

Nick’s first Superintendent job was at The Landings at Rickenbacker in Groveport, Ohio. In 2004, Nick was recruited to take over Upper Lansdowne Golf Club where he spent the next 13 and a half years. Nick became the Superintendent of The Ridge Golf & Gardens in 2017.

Nick lives in Marysville with his wife Bethany and their two daughters (Ashlynne & Caylee).  When not working at The Ridge, Nick very much enjoys spending time with family and especially watching his girls compete and excel in the sports they love.



Justin Krock, Head Pro

Justin came to The Ridge Golf & Gardens (formerly named Buck Ridge) in 2011.  Over the past 8 years Justin has performed just about every job there is on a golf course! In 2019, Justin was named the Head Pro of The Ridge Golf & Gardens.

A native of Kenton, Ohio, Justin has always been passionate about the sport of golf.  Justin graduated from Kenton High School in 1997 where he earned a trip to the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s State Golf Tournament.  Justin went on to play golf at the University of Findlay, where he started varsity as a freshman. Justin decided to further his education in professional golf management at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC.  While at Coastal Carolina, he met professional golfer Kris Blanks.  Justin served as caddy for Kris on the Nationwide Tour.

Justin’s lifetime love for golf has led him into multiple golf related jobs including:

  • Assistant Pro at Red Hawk Run in Findlay, Ohio
  • Tartan Fields Guest services manager