Quick 9: Derek Guzman – Sand Valley Golf Resort

Recognized as the Best New Course of 2017 by Golf Digest, Sand Valley Golf Resort boasts stunning views prehistoric sand dunes, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and offers three unique golf experiences to make for fun, playable, and challenging games.

Our latest round of Quick 9 interviews, we get the chance to go one-on-one with Derek Guzman, Head Golf Professional, and learn more about how his passion helps to mobilize on-course operations, enhancing the player experience at his course.

How would you describe your morning routine to kickstart your day?

I start with some coffee and New York sports radio. Splash some water on my face and get after it.

Has golf always been your first love? What other sports/team are you a fan of?

No. Throughout grade school I played volleyball both for the school and for travel teams. I’ve been playing golf since a young age but didn’t deem it a career until later in life.

What is your favorite/greatest round of golf experience?

With my 3 best friends in the industry we played Erin Hills and Milwaukee Country Club in one day. We STILL talk about that day 4 years later.

Tell us about your role at Sand Valley? Why is it important?

As the Head Golf Professional at Sand Valley, I oversee the Bag Drop, Starters, and Rangers. I also coordinate and run the “in-house” majors, approve ADA requests, and much more. Basically anything that happens outside of the Golf Shop, I’ve got a hand in.

Why has your course decided to invest in Tagmarshal?

Pace of Play is our ownerships top priority. We needed software that could track our rounds and deliver great data to show our work!

Since the implementation of the Tagmarshal system, how have your customers responded to the on-course experience?

It’s taken a revamping of our “approach” to guests to make this work, as we want to act as supporters and not disciplinarians 🙂

Describe Tagmarshal in three words. 

Lots of potential.

What is your dream golf destination? Why?

Having been born and raised on Eastern Long Island, how could it not be there? So many great courses and it’s home for me!

Your best golf moment?

Playing in an Assistant’s Championship in New Jersey. It was really fun to be a part of, and grind on a tough and rainy day.

If you could be a caddie on Tour, whose caddie would you like to be and why?

Adam Hadwin. He won the first event on tour in 2016 after receiving my first equipment deal ever. It was with Callaway, he won the 2016 Valspar that week playing Callaway and has been my favorite dude on tour since.


Tagmarshal, the market leader in on-course optimization technology, provides courses with full, real-time operational oversight and reporting, giving golf operators the tools to manage pace and flow of play effectively, resulting in enhanced player experiences, increased efficiency through automation, and additional revenue generation.

Tagmarshal’s technology has collected over 1 billion data points from more than 50 million rounds of golf and has relationships with in excess of 500 partners, including Hazeltine, Whistling Straits, Baltusrol, Fieldstone, Bandon Dunes, Serenoa and Erin Hills.

Tagmarshal partners with several golf management groups, private, daily fee, public and resort courses, including 35 of the Top 100 US courses, as well as many $30-$50 green fee courses, which are seeing excellent results using the system.