Erik Larsen, who worked for the Palmer Course Design Company from 1983 until 2011 and left as Executive Vice President, has switched gears and joined BrightView Golf Maintenance as Business Development Executive in the Southeast U.S.
The City of La Quinta, Calif. is getting out of the golf business by transferring ownership of SilverRock Golf Course to a resort developer for $1. But the deal is far more complicated than it looks.
The golf course transfer will not happen until after the developer, SilverRock Development Co., has started construction on two hotels and has built a permanent clubhouse. The developer will also realign the golf course and make other improvements.
Michael Schlesinger, who unsuccessfully tried to build homes on one golf course near San Diego, appears to have learned his lesson. The developer is working with club members and neighbors to get approval to build homes on a second course he owns.
In 2012, Schlesinger acquired Escondido Country Club and closed it with plans to build homes. But he was rebuffed after a bitter dispute with residents that included dueling ballot measures and lawsuits.
Stoatin Brae golf course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort in southwest Michigan will open May 15 with a focus on fun.
“We’re putting the final touches on Stoatin Brea, and we're beyond excited for the start of our first official season,” said Bill Johnson, vice-president and PGA Professional at Gull Lake View. “We want to keep Stoatin Brea affordable and playable, so the pricing will be dynamic throughout the season.”
Landscape Management has signed a five-year contract to manage Fox Hills Golf Course in Watford City, North Dakota. The semi-private club is in the process of adding 12 holes to the existing nine. Landscapes Unlimited, the parent company for Landscape Management, is handling the construction. Kevin Norby designed the new holes, which are expected to open for play in spring 2018.
Watford City has seen impressive growth thanks to the oil industry, with its population expanding from 1,200 to more than 7,000 in less than ten years. It is expected to continue to grow.
Johnny Morris, is bringing Tiger Woods to the people. The founder and CEO of Pro Bass Shops has been assembling a golf mecca near Branson, Missouri, with four courses designed by some of the biggest names in golf.
Tiger Woods will now add his name to the complex, by designing a 19-hole golf course that will be an homage to Payne Stewart, and a family-friendly par-3 short course at Big Cedar Lodge.
Golf Inc. is accepting entries for its 23rd annual Clubhouse of the Year contest. It will recongnize honorees in three categories — best new private clubhouse, best new public clubhouse, and best renovated or remodeled clubhouse.
New and remodeled clubhouses that opened after Jan. 1, 2016 but before Dec. 31, 2016 are eligible to enter. There is no fee to enter the competition.
Judges assess clubhouses on vision, efficiency, aesthetics and sustainability.
McConnell Golf has $7.3 million in renovation and restoration work underway at four of its clubs, and it recently added two new national memberships to its offerings.
“McConnell Golf is focused on building clubs of the future,” said McConnell Golf Chief Operating Officer Christian Anastasiadis. “There is one reason we are in business — members. Attracting members through a quality and value experience, and retaining members via a sustainable product that they always want to be part of.”
The number of golf courses in the U.S. declined again, dropping by 190 to end 2016 with 15,014 facilities, according the the National Golf Foundation. Overall, the number of facilities is down 5.6 percent since 2006.
Golf Inc. has selected 10 courses for recognition in its annual Renovation of the Year competition. The annual contest recognizes the best renovation projects from around the globe.
"We had more courses worthy of recognition this year than any prior year," said Jack Crittenden, Editor In Chief of Golf Inc. "It was a great group of projects that showed the breadth of work being undertaken across the world."