Although she worked for JC Golf for nearly 15 years, Nancy Kohler wished she had played more golf.

It was hardly a disappointment though. As the longtime administrator for the JC Players Card program, Kohler relished her experience working with thousands of golfers over the years before her official retirement late last month.

“It’s the people who made it such a positive experience,” she said. “I loved the job, absolutely loved it. It was tough to leave.”

Kohler, who has called Rancho Bernardo home for nearly 40 years, is retiring to spend more time with her grandchildren, her newly adopted schnoodle puppy, Daisy May, and simply enjoy life. Her co-workers sent her off in style with a farewell party at Twin Oaks.

Golf has been running through Kohler’s veins for years. Her late husband, Rich, was an avid golfer his entire life and her son, Ryan, was a star player at Rancho Bernardo High and later at Quincy College in Illinois.

In 2001, she began working for Lloyd Porter in the pro shop at Oaks North. Before long, she started helping out at the corporate office at Twin Oaks. Soon, she took over the JC Players Card program and found her true calling.

“I love helping people and it was such a wonderful experience working with so many different people and personalities,” she said.

Although she’s now retired, Kohler will still have a presence at JC Golf courses. She plans to play more golf and soon will be joining the Rancho Bernardo Inn women’s club.

“I’ll still see everyone, it will now just be out on the golf course,” she said.

Marc Figueroa is a freelance writer who has been covering golf in San Diego for more than 20 years.