Meet the Team

Most grand visions are nothing without a clear plan, resources, experience and a proven ability to execute. On every front, the members of the team who have been assembled at Clear Creek are not only among the very best in their fields, but are also passionate about the vision of creating a club and community that will make a lasting contribution to all who call this special place home. And 2020 promises to be our most exciting year yet.

Stewards of the

Path ahead

The Clear Creek Tahoe development, management and marketing team brings the experience necessary for the successful evolution of a nationally acclaimed private club community. Castle Hill Partners is a private investment firm based in Austin, Texas. Each principal has more than 25 years of experience in their respective area of expertise. Collectively, Castle Hill Partners has acquired and developed over 25,000 acres of commercial and residential land, over 10,000 units of multifamily housing, and more than 6 million square feet of office and industrial space. Their geographical focus is in the Continental US and Hawaii.

Hart Howerton

Development Architects

David Howerton is chairman of Hart Howerton, a team of strategists, planners, architects, landscape architects and designers with a global practice headquartered in New York and San Francisco. The firm has had the opportunity to work on combined conservation and development projects in the most spectacular natural settings, historic towns and vibrant, growing cities. Their long-term, broad-based, innovative outlook is linked to practical, time-sensitive business and conservation plans. Whole-system sustainability is an integral part of the practice.

Ben Crenshaw

Golf Architect

Ben Crenshaw’s approach is one of minimalism enhanced by an abiding appreciation of the game’s subtleties. It begins with the land — each hole subtly nuanced to yield an arrangement where the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts. Together with Bill Coore, this passionate pursuit has produced two of the top three Golfweek Modern Courses, six of the top 50 and 11 of the top 100 — not the least of which is Clear Creek Tahoe.

Bill Coore

Golf Architect

Admiration and respect for the classic golf courses of the “Golden Age of Architecture” is a shared philosophy that traditional, strategic golf is the most rewarding. Collaborating with Ben Crenshaw, the artistry of Bill Coore honors the classic work of Ross, Mackenzie, Macdonald, Maxwell and Tillinghast. The glorious result is a course and experience that are timeless by design.

Milward Bell-Bhatti

General Manager, COO

Milward is a Certified Club Manager (CCM) through the Club Managers Association of America. His previous experience includes serving as General Manager at Shooting Star in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a Tom Fazio-designed course ranked #1 in the state. Milward also served as General Manager at Glenwild Golf Club & Spa in Park City, Utah, co-developed by DMB Associates and Grayhawk and ranked as #1 in Utah. He started his career at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado. Milward and his family are thrilled to be living in Lake Tahoe and enjoy golf, skiing, hiking and mountain biking.

Keith Franke

Director of Development

Keith Franke, director of development and design at Clear Creek Tahoe, has a professional background in architecture and construction. For the last 20 plus years, he has been working with high-end single-family developers in the Tahoe-Truckee marketplace, designing and building exemplary custom homes and communities.

David Smith

Director of Development

Dave Smith, Director of Development Clear Creek Tahoe. Has a professional background in residential and commercial construction as well as project management. For the past 15 years he has been building high end custom homes and commercial buildings in the Tahoe basin. He also has a been the project manager representing the owner on several commercial club buildings.

Shawn Benson

Executive Chef

Shawn Benson brings years of culinary expertise to Clear Creek. Shawn previously worked at the Glenwild Golf Club & Spa in Park City, Utah, where he served as the Executive Sous-chef for 14 years. While at Glenwild, Shawn also assisted the sister DMB Club, Kukuiula in Kauai. Most recently, Shawn was the Executive Chef at Cottonwood Club in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is dedicated to running an uplifting kitchen that embraces learning, teaching, leading by example, and creating a strong family atmosphere while maintaining a high bar of excellence.

David Pfisterer

Head Golf Professional

David Pfisterer, Director of Golf has been with Clear Creek Tahoe for 3 years. He is a Class A PGA member with advanced certification in Golf Operations. His 29 years in the golf business include stops at renowned private and resort operations such as The DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, The Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Florida and Casa de Campo and La Romana Country Club in the Dominican Republic.

Tammy Lancaster


Tammy Lancaster, CFO for Clear Creek Tahoe for four years, is a Certified Management Accountant and MBA with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of accounting and finance for multiple industries. Her experience includes over 15 years in public and private real estate development and the operation of private country clubs.

Tammy Lancaster

Jenn Targett

Director of Wellness

Jenn Targett, Spa and Fitness Director, will develop our spa and fitness program for our clubhouse, which will include fitness activities and exciting excursions for the whole family. Her 20+ year fitness career includes world-class experience at Golden Door in California (ranked the #1 destination spa in the world), and the Carolina Country Club, a five-star Platinum Club, where she worked with the likes of Webb Simpson, Danny Glover and Phil Jackson. An avid trail runner and outdoor enthusiast, Jenn has competed in numerous endurance adventure races and trail events. When not at work, she is in the mountains – hiking, rappelling, biking, running, and kayaking.

Jenn Targett

Chris Franke

Assistant General Manager

Chris Franke was most recently the Clubhouse Manager at Columbine Country Club in Littleton, Colorado, overseeing the completion of a 56,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse that was named “Clubhouse of the Year” by Golf, Inc magazine.  Chris is originally from Atlanta, Georgia where he earned a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.  He spent ten years at Cherry Hills Country Club as the Assistant Clubhouse Director, hosting three major golf championships during his tenure.  Chris is also a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and is passionate about all things wine and whiskey!

Mike Cunniff

Director of Greens & Grounds

Christopher Appling

Director of Membership

Christopher Appling, Director of Membership at Clear Creek Tahoe, is a Certified PGA Professional with extensive operating and development experience at some of the world’s premiere private and resort destinations. He was recently honored with the coveted #1 Dad Award.

Kate Novak

Concierge and Events Manager


Britt Pierczynski

Director of Security

Britt started at Clear Creek Tahoe in 2019 after retiring from the Reno Police Department. She served in Patrol and Investigations in the Sex Crimes|Child Abuse, Family Crimes and Fraud units, where she focused on Elder Crimes and achieved her accreditation as a Certified Fraud Examiner. During her watch at Reno PD, she was also the department’s Honor Guard lead; an instructor at the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy; and the region’s forensic composite artist, utilized by several local law enforcement agencies. Britt is a native Nevadan who’s called Carson City and Reno home for over 40 years; some of her passions include camping, volleyball, art, travel and cooking.