Golf Shop & Staff

PGA Professional / Director of Instruction ~ James Giampaolo

Golfing Accomplishments:
  • Elected class “A” PGA Membership — December 2012
  • 2017 Walter Lowell Stableford Tournament Champion (27 points)
  • Victorious 2017 Julius Boros Challenge Cup Team member
  • Finished T-9 (-4) PGA Winter Series in Port Saint Lucie, Florida — 2015
  • Finished T-4 Spring Stroke Play — 2015
  • Quarter-finalist 24th CT Match Play Championship — 2014
  • Methodist University Men’s Golf Team member — 2008-2011
  • 3rd place finish in CT State Tournament — 2007
  • Co-Captain Torrington High School Golf — 2007 & 2008

Nick Paradis, Director of Golf

Nick started working at HL in the maintenance department in 2004. He was an assistant to the Hawk’s Landings Golf Course Superintendent for 3 years before leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Nick came back to HL in 2011 to work in the golf shop. The following season he was promoted to Director of Golf. Nick directs all phases of the golf operation including leagues, tournaments and outings plus staff and fiscal responsibilities.

Handicap – 13.4
What’s in the bag:
Driver: Wilson Staff FG Tour (10.5 degree)
Fairway Wood: Wilson Staff F6 Tour (15 degree)
Rescue: Wilson Staff 3hybrid (20 degree)
Irons: Wilson Staff C200 4-gap
Wedges: Wilson Staff PMP, 52&56
Putter: Scotty Cameron Select Squareback
Ball: Wilson Staff Duo Urethane

Dan Sisson, Golf Course Superintendent

Dan has spent the last eleven years in the turf industry starting out in the commercial lawn and landscape arena. From there he built up a love for the care of fine turf grass gaining multiple supervisory licenses in MA & CT. Dan has attended Post University for his undergrad and completed his Turfgrass certification from UMASS Amherst with Highest Honors.

Dan came over to Hawk’s Landing from North Ridge Golf Club across town where he was the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. Now as the Head Greenskeeper/Golf Course Superintendent at HLCC, he has plans to reinvigorate our popular course by adding new bunkers, renovating tee areas and improving the overall quality of our greens just as a few examples.

Dan belongs to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and also their affiliate chapter The Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents (CAGCS). Any questions concerning grounds maintenance activities can be directed to his email at dans@hawkslandingcc.com.

Handicap: Golf
What’s in the bag:
Spectrum TDR 300 Moisture Meter
Soil Sample Probe
Titleist Vokey 54 wedge
TaylorMade Putter

Thomas Paradis, Assistant Director of Golf:

Thomas is an aspiring PGA Professional who puts a strong emphasis on Club Fitting. His goal is to help golfers of all levels play with a product that best suits the individual and their playing ability. He went to school and graduated from the Golf Academy of America with Honors and certifications in Club Repair/ Club Fitting as well as Tournament Operations. Thomas started in professional Club Fitting at Dick’s Sporting Goods and PGA TOUR Superstore. While Club Fitting with PGA TOUR Superstore, he learned how to properly fit beginners, intermediate, and even elite college players aspiring to play on the PGA TOUR. For Club Fitting inquiries please contact me at thomas@hawkslandingcc.com.

Handicap: 7.8
What’s in the bag:
Driver: Callaway XR 16 10.5 Degree with Graphite Design Tour AD shaft
Fairway: TaylorMade M1 (2016) 3HL with Matrix Ozik Black Tie shaft
Rescue: TaylorMade M1 (2016) 3R with Fujikura Speeder 869 Evolution shaft
Irons: Callaway Apex CF16 4-PW with Dynamic Gold Pro shafts
Wedges: Titleist SM5 52, 56, and 60 Degree
Putter: SeeMore PTM1
Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x