Meet the ZSTRICT Team

Meet Ben Mackey, PGA General Manager

Headshot - Jacob Mackey

Ben’s passion for golf can be traced back to his childhood, first picking up a club when he was 2 years old. While at Ferris State University, Ben became a PGA Professional while working at multiple courses throughout Michigan and Wisconsin. Post graduation, Ben spent time at The Golf Club at Oxford Greens (Oxford, CT) as the Head golf Professional, as well as a Director of Golf for Middlesex County, New Jersey. With a demonstrated history of working in the recreational facilities and services industry, Ben is extremely excited to leverage his skills in this brand new facility!

Ben’s favorite course is Bethpage Black. “I think Bethpage is one of the best public courses I’ve ever played on, and I love being able to play it anytime at the facility. It’s beautiful: featuring massive bunkers, narrow fairways, and it always seems to keep me honest with my short game. I recommend hitting the driving range for a bit before taking on this beast of a course.”

Outside of the facility Ben loves to play basketball, explore new restaurants, and play 18 holes with buddies. He also loves to watch college football, his team of choice being the Wisconsin Badgers. He currently resides in Harrison, New Jersey.

Meet Jacob Howes, Assistant General Manager

Headshot - Jacob Howes

Jacob is the assistant general manager of ZSTRICT. Graduating from Merrimack College in May of 2019 with a marketing degree, Jacob was a 4 year student-athlete. During his time at Merrimack, Jacob won 2 national championships with the varsity lacrosse program and was heavily invested in student government, residence life, and multiple other committees. Post graduation, Jacob worked as a sales and marketing specialist at a local virtual golf facility before joining ZSTRICT in July of 2019.

Jacob’s favorite course to play on is Kiawah Island. “My grandparents had a house on Kiawah so I grew up playing on these courses- which are right by the ocean. The courses are absolutely beautiful and allow me to use all the clubs in my bag, which is always a challenge. I just need to work on my putting- the greens tend to be fast!”

Outside of the facility, Jacob loves coaching lacrosse as well as playing in adult leagues on weekends. He also enjoys working out, and hanging out with friends. He currently resides in Trumbull, Connecticut.

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