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Golf Life Navigators partners with David Vandeputte of Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s Internat

GREENVILLE, S.C. – David Vandeputte, a real estate professional with Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty, has graduated from the Golf Certified Real Estate Agents program led by Golf Life Navigators (GLN), the world’s only virtual marketplace that connects buyers with club communities.

The Golf Certified Real Estate Agent program began in 2017 and has graduated 400-plus agents from around the world. Vandeputte was identified as a top-candidate to represent the Upstate South Carolina region. With his new certification, he becomes GLN’s exclusive real estate agent for the region.

“Golf and real estate are two of my passions,” Vandeputte said. “The opportunity to merge the two and help others find their dream homes and golf communities is exciting. The Upstate has tremendous golf resources nestled among beautiful communities. My knowledge of and commitment to this area is significant in the ability to assist people who are interested in re-locating to the Greenville area or current residents who desire to find a new golf home.”

Vandeputte graduated from East Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and then went on to earn his Master in Business Administration from University of Detroit. He worked for the famed IT company, Compuware, for seven years in Technical Sales Support. In this role, he assisted sales staff in building interest for various software products, and performed needs analysis and established objectives at prospective client accounts. Then, he opened Motor City Golf Shop, a retail golf shop that he owned and managed the business operations of for ten years.

In 2010, Vandeputte made the jump to real estate, and built a successful business as a golf community guru. He joined Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty in September 2021, and earned President’s Circle Award status which is for Associates who did more than $5 million in sales, in 2022.

“It’s not an understatement to say that David knows the Upstate’s golf communities as well as any real estate professional in the region,” Herlong said. “This certification highlights his abilities.”

Jason Becker, CEO of Golf Life Navigators, said Vandeputte was a perfect fit to be a GLN partner.

“David’s background in the business of golf makes him the ideal Golf Certified Real Estate Agent for anyone in search of a South Carolina escape. He also has a deep knowledge for not only the Greenville private club market, but The Cliffs’ Properties and other hidden gems that make up the perfect Carolina golf lifestyle,” Becker said.

About Golf Life Navigators

Based in South Florida with active presence across the U.S., GLN efficiently eases the process of determining the precise golf and country club membership choices for golfers looking to retire, relocate or engage in the “snowbird” life. Created in 2014 by grass-root PGA Professionals, club managers and membership directors, GLN guides discerning golfers, club seekers and property buyers through an in-depth analysis, insights befitting their unique lifestyle desires, budgets and connectivity to decorated club and golf real estate officials. More information:, 800.447.8707.

About Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty

Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the leading and most trusted names in real estate in the Upstate of South Carolina. First founded by Owner/CEO Joan Herlong as Realty in 2011, the firm has since handled thousands of properties in the Greenville and Upstate area. In 2017, the company affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty, becoming Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty. The company has more than tripled in agent count and production volume since that time. Learn more at  

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation, and settlement services. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational, and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744.

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