The date is set for this year’s Symposium On Affordable Golf, which will be held on October 29th and 30th at Southern Pines Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.
The Symposium On Affordable Golf raises awareness of the challenges of the golf industry through open discussion, exchange of ideas and highlighting successes that promote the health and sustainability of golf. There is no fee for attendance and members of the PGA, the LPGA and the GCSAA are eligible to receive continuing education credits.
Teaching professionals Dana Rader and Bob Zydonik will participate in the round table discussion entitled, "The Golf Generation Gap". Also joining the discussion will be world-renowned writer, James Dodson, and a foursome of golfers from different generations and skill levels. The round table will cover nearly fifty years of age difference discussing and debating the challenges in making the game of golf attractive to younger generations that may be turned off by the traditions of the game.
For more information on the Symposium On Affordable Golf visit the website at www.symposiumonaffordablegolf.com.
Marcus & Millichap broker the sale of two Ohio courses
The National Golf & Resort Properties Group of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, announced the sale of Royal American Links and Bent Tree Golf Club located just outside Columbus’ outer beltway in the northeast corner of the metropolis, according to Steve Ekovich, Director of the National Golf & Resort Group.
Texas-based management company, Eagle Golf, sold the courses to New Era Golf. Christopher Karamitsos, co-founder of the National Golf & Resort Group was the lead agent on the asset sale and also facilitated New Era Golf in the acquisition of the property. According to Karamitsos, New Era Golf was the best fit because they are "based locally, have a successful track record in the area and have a thorough understanding of the Columbus market." Royal American Links is a 4-star Golf Digest rated Michael Hurdzan design, and Bent Tree Golf Club is a Dennis Griffiths design.
Coventry Golf Club establishes credentials with GEO Certified eco-label
The Golf Environment Organization awarded England’s 125-year-old Coventry Golf Club with its international eco-label known as, GEO Certified, in recognition of outstanding sustainability efforts across their parkland course, clubhouse and reaching out into the surrounding community.
Phil Weaver, Coventry’s Head PGA Professional & Course Manager and Chairman of the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland, played a large role in Coventry Golf Club’s GEO OnCourse program that led to the award.
GEO is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping golf facilities become responsible, resource-efficient businesses. “GEO Certified” is golf’s eco-label, which is awarded to courses and golf facilities that have met comprehensive sustainability criteria, specific to golf in the region.
Pronghorn Golf Club & Resort holds on to Troon
Pronghorn Golf Club & Resort, located in Bend, Ore., renewed its agreement with Troon to oversee club operations, including its two 18-hole golf courses, one a Tom Fazio design the other a Jack Nicklaus design.
Pronghorn also announced that Auberge Resorts would assume management of the development’s 48-suite lodge and other resort facilities, including multiple restaurants, full-service spa and more. This announcement comes on the heels of The Resort Group’s acquisition of the property in February, ushering in a new era of growth and stability for Pronghorn Golf Club & Resort.
People on the move
KemperSports promoted Ollie Becker Regional Operations Executive, and named Lance Iwanaka to take over Becker’s former position as General Manager of The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon, Calif.
Becker joined KemperSports in 2006 as the General Manager of Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, Calif. Prior to becoming regional operations executive, Becker served as a regional manager overseeing operations for Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, The Bridges Golf Club and Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Gilroy, Calif.
Prior to joining KemperSports, Iwanaka served as the General Manager at Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek, Calif. since 2009.