Troon announced the signing of Bouskoura Golf City in Casablanca, and Atlas Golf Resort in Marrakech. Both 18-hole courses join the portfolio of existing Troon-managed properties in the region, including Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida.
Bouskoura Golf City, designed by Tony Jacklin, is located on the edge of the Bouskoura National Forest near Casablanca and is one of the city’s newest business hubs. Atlas Golf Resort offers views of the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains.
Bouskoura Golf City looks set to attract international business, due to its easy access to Casablanca International Airport. Its 18-hole course will be completed in 2013, but will open nine holes for play in September 2012. The facility will be supplemented with state-of-the-art practice facilities designed to encourage new players in the game and to facilitate family participation.
Nicklaus announces China initiative
The Nicklaus Companies announced the formation of Nicklaus-China, a partnership with a leading Chinese company that will aid in the strategic, comprehensive and responsible growth of golf in China by assisting developers with a unique opportunity and “turnkey solution” to golf course and residential development. The venture will also explore business opportunities outside design and development that involve Jack Nicklaus and the Nicklaus brands.
Participating in the signing was Nicklaus and Dr. Guang Yang, Chairman and CEO of Finergy Capital, a private equity firm based in Beijing and the new partner in Nicklaus-China.
In 2010, Dr. Yang, in a partnership with Hainan Airlines, acquired Pasadera Country Club. Pasadera represents the first Nicklaus-China collaboration. Pasadera has already been positioned as a hub and platform for US-China business relations.
The Nicklaus-China venture will operate out of Beijing, and the office will be home to both Chinese and American executives with decades of international experience in the golf industry, ranging from golf course design, development, construction, sales and marketing, agronomy, and operations management.
University makes golf course purchase
Business Enterprises Inc., a nonprofit business division for University of West Florida, will purchase the nearby Scenic Hills Country Club golf course, according to a report in the Pensacola News Journal.
The golf was course valued at $2.7 million and was negotiated down to $2.2 million. The deal, expected to close before July 1, will put the university in debt.
Business Enterprises Inc. will use its own cash to make a $1.1 million down payment on the course. That money is being generated from contracts with vendors, and the course is intended to help create a new revenue stream for UWF due to reduced state funding.
People on the Move
• Affiniti Golf Partners named Brandon Matney as general manager at Harbor Club on Lake Oconee in Georgia.
Matney, whose family has owned Harbor Club since 1992, has worked at the community since 2004. He most recently served as project manager, overseeing land development, permitting, utilities, landscaping, road construction, preparing homesites for market and overall golf course maintenance.
• ValleyCrest Golf Course Maintenance appointed Dr. John (Trey) Rogers, III as Consulting Agronomist. In this role, Dr. Rogers will work with Dr. Todd Bunnell, Director of Agronomy, to assist ValleyCrest Golf Course Maintenance superintendents in their evaluations and strategies for plant and soil fertility practices, agronomic solutions, and development of their annual agronomic plans.