Gauntlet Golf Club - "Committed to Growing the Game in Stafford County"

Meet the Staff

The Gauntlet Golf Club
18 Fairway Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Phone: (540) 752-0963
Reservations: (540) 752-0963 
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Mike Byrd
Class "A" PGA
Head Professional  
(540) 752-0963 Ext. #13


Bio: Mike is a rare breed of golf professionals that acts both in the role as Head Golf Professional as well as Owner Operator of the Gauntlet Golf Club.  In 2018 Mike established New Direction Golf Management Corporation as the operating company for the Gauntlet Golf Club.  The core principle to the company is to Grow the Game of Golf, by creating, developing and sustaining interest in the game thru strategically establishing programs geared towards all player types and their different stages of learning.  His time away from the course is spent in long distance running, weight training and family time.

List of Accomplishments: San Diego Golf Academy (1992), PGA Membership (1996), Head Professional at Quail Point GC (1996), General Manager Shield Crest GC (1999), Director of Golf East Potomac GC (2001), General Manager Gauntlet Golf Club (2005), Junior Golf Leadership Nominations (1998, 2003, 2015), PGA Presidents Player Development Appreciation Award (2013), Virginia State Open Qualifier (2008, 2014), Expert club builder, Certified Club Fitter (Henry Griffitts, Titleist)

Teaching Philosophy:  Mike believes in teaching each student based on the abilities they have.  Mike believes that the golf swing is an athletic motion and the most important piece of equipment a player has, is their body.  In his 30+ years of golf instruction, Mike directs each lesson as a building process towards a better golf swing for each individual golfer.


Kayla Weaver
Director of Player Development
(540) 752-0963 

Kayla Weaver comes to the Gauntlet as a previous Gauntlet Member. She has been active at the course the past four years, and excited to help golfers find their own roadmap to grow their own game. 

Chad Michael
Player Development Representative
(540) 752-0963 

Chad Michael comes to the Gauntlet from Westlake, Ohio. Chad didn’t start playing golf until the age of 25. Hoping to become a Class A PGA Professional Chad has returned to Keiser University to complete a Golf Management Degree. When Chad is not on the course or in textbooks he enjoys great food and poker.


John Emerson, Jr. 
Course Superintendent

I’d like to introduce myself and tell you guys a little about me and my background.  Originally from Louisville, KY.  Born and raised there, and I have lived there my entire life except for my time in college when I was in Lexington, KY.  I have been in the golf business since the early 2000’s.  My experiences have quite a large range.  From working as a turfgrass research associate at the University of Kentucky, to my first internship at a local municipal, to high end private and semi-private clubs, all the way to renovating Valhalla Golf Club for the 2008 Ryder Cup.  I have also been fortunate to be part of several major renovations and grow-ins for a multitude of golf courses.  I’m excited to put all these experiences to work at Gauntlet Golf Club!!  Golf is a major part of my life both growing grass and playing the game.  I hope to bring the same joy to the patrons of Gauntlet Golf Club.  Don’t ever hesitate to stop and talk to me!  I really enjoy educating golfers about the “how”, and “why” we turf guys do what we do. See ya around the course! 

Karman Haggenmaker

Food & Beverage Director
Events Coordinator

 Karman Haggenmaker lives to make people happy through food and experiences. Growing up in the south, surrounded by a family who’s main goal was to feed everyone they came in contact with, she came by this trait quite honestly. She learned to play in the dirt and grow her own food at a young age. A passion that has grown over the years. At the age of 18, Karman took her first job in the restaurant industry while in college. During the next 14 years, she learned the necessary skills to take Gauntlet Golf Club’s food and beverage operations to the next level. She has coordinated many successful events for local restaurants and charities and loved the challenges each brought. Karman looks forward to putting a fresh take on old favorites and to bringing new, exciting libations and menu items to The G. In her spare time, Karman enjoys sitting with her fiancé on their back deck and watching the birds and squirrels play, camping, hiking, knitting and swinging in her hammock. She can never say no to a good book or a strong cup of coffee. And life wouldn’t be complete without the love and support of her three children, two dogs, and the mate of her soul. 


The Gauntlet is operated by New Direction Golf Management Corp.

Ownership can be reached by emailing