Tomczak, Duran’s only general manager, retires after 45-year career


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David J. Tomczak, who has been with the Duran Golf Club since its inception in 2004, has retired after a 45-year career.in the golf business.

Carl Kotala

For Duran Golf Club General Manager David Tomczak, the marriage of building relationships with people and the game of golf always have seemed like the perfect fit.

“I love people. I love the game of golf,” he said. “That’s the two things that constantly brought me to work every day and feeling passionate about what I do.”

Tomczak, who has been in the golf business for 45 years and at Duran since its inception in 2004, announced his retirement at the end of April.

“It’s a good time in my life,” said Tomczak, who turned 65 on April 26.

In addition to getting his own golf game back in order, Tomczak wants to spend more time with his grandchildren, meet with friends he hasn’t seen in years and do some philanthropic work.

Jeff Von Eschen, who also has been at Duran since 2004, will take over Tomczak’s role with the title of Senior Manager of Golf Operations.

Tomczak came to Brevard County in 1999 to serve as the general manager at Viera East. He said it was a “great honor” to be asked by The Viera Company to head up the project to turn what was once the Duda family’s thriving cattle ranch and sod farm into one of the area’s top golf facilities.

Working with the architect who designed the course, he oversaw the conception of the clubhouse and added his own touch.

“They gave me what I would call some great latitude to expand on things that I wanted to do that was going to set this facility apart from any other facility in the area, and literally in the state and even the country,” he said. 

“That’s the Development Center that we built across the street. It’s got a driving range, encircled by the nine-hole, Par 3 course and it’s all lit for night use.

“It was kind of a dream I always had to see a facility built with that kind of additional asset. It truly separates us from any other golf facility.”

From helping introduce people to golf, to hosting national championship events, Tomczak has helped create memories not just for himself, but for others as well.

“I’ve had a good career,” Tomczak said. “I’m one of the most fortunate people in the golf industry, to have gone down the path I went. The Duda family entrusted me to help build this golf club.

“At the end of the day, (I’ll) be able to look back and say, ‘hey, I’m looking back at the people that I work with and to think about what’s gone on here and how many people we’ve made happy, or made their lives a little better’ … yeah, it was great.”