Renovation of the year: Entries now available

February 15, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Golf Inc. magazine is now accepting entries for Renovation of the year. This award honors the best renovations or restorations in the world for the past year in two categories — private club and public course. 

A winner, runner-up and three finalists will be selected in each category, assuming there are enough quality entrants. Winners will be featured in the July/August issue of Golf Inc. Magazine. Projects completed anywhere in the world between Nov. 1, 2015 and Jan. 31, 2017 are eligible.

Oregon ranch to unveil two reversible 18-hole courses in July

February 6, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Silvies Valley Ranch, an operating cattle ranch and resort located in Silvies, Oregon, will open two 18-hole reversible golf course in July.

A local family, the Campbells, are behind The Retreat at Silvies Valley Ranch, which will bring the Western mystique of the region to an intimate scale, full-service resort complete with lodging, multiple dining options, exclusive outdoor experiences, a spa, and a private airstrip for guests looking to fly directly onto the property. 

China confirms it has closed 111 golf courses

January 25, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

The government of China last week confirmed that it has closed 111 courses and imposed restrictions on another 65 over the last five years as part of an ongoing crackdown against its fledgling golf industry.

China’s Xinhua News Agency claimed the courses were ordered shut down because they were improperly using groundwater or built on either arable land or protected land within nature reserves.

Of the courses facing additional restrictions, 18 were made to return and restore land and another 47 told to shut down construction or business operations.

Tiger Woods to design Chicago course near future Obama library

January 11, 2017
By Robert J. Vasilak

At the same time that Tiger Woods launched his comeback as a PGA Tour player, he committed to a major new architectural project.

Woods will be the lead designer for the Chicago Park District’s proposed renovation and consolidation of the landmark Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses. The revamped layout will be part of a larger project, which is expected to include the $500 million Barack Obama presidential library. Woods reportedly agreed for his TGR Design firm to get involved in the project after a personal call from Obama. 

Dave Richey steps down at Toll Brothers

December 16, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Dave Richey is stepping down as president of Toll Golf division, the division within Toll Brothers that oversees golf development and operations. Maurice Darbyshire will assume the role of president. 

Richey has been part of the Toll Golf Division for 14 years. During his tenure he built and opened seven golf courses and eight clubhouses. He grew the division to more than 13,000 members, with close to 1,000 employees. The division was founded in 1998. 

Biscom and FLC look to make Vietnam major golf destination

December 16, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Luu Duc Quang, chairman of Biscom Golf Management, said his parent company’s projects along Vietnam’s coast will “change the landscape” of golf resorts and golf tourism in Asia.

“We want to create a whole new experience and be the leader in changing the landscape [of golf resort development],” he said. “With a new 5-star FLC hotel being built in the city of Quy Nhon, plus FLC Quy Nhon Beach and Golf Resort [on the nearby island of Nhon Ly], we see Quy Nhon becoming a popular new tourism destination in Asia.”

Discovery Land to develop out Playa Grande after $150M sale

December 16, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Discovery Land Company has entered into a partnership with Third Point to further develop Playa Grande Club & Reserve, an exclusive 2,200-acre private club and resort community in the Dominican Republic.

Dolphin Capital, a real estate investment firm based in the British Virgin Islands, sold Playa Grande for $150.5 million in November to Third Point, a New York-based hedge fund.

Development of the year competition to include Redevelopment category

December 13, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Golf Inc. Magazine will recognize the top Redevelopments of the year as part of its annual Development of the Year competition. This is the first time the magazine will honor a redevelopment.

"The market has shifted from new development to creative redevelopment of exisitng golf courses," said Jack Crittenden, Editor In Chief of Golf Inc. "We invite golf course developers, owners, architects and others to nominate the projects that are setting the pace for the future of the golf industry."

Nicklaus, Sorenstam to speak at HSBC Golf Business Forum

November 1, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam will headline the 2016 HSBC Golf Business Forum in late November, and The National Golf Foundation will present the findings of a specially commissioned research project, demonstrating the game’s extensive reach and offering a fresh perspective on global golf development. The Forum  will take place at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort, from November 28th to  Dec. 1. 

GEO introduces new standards for sustainable golf development

September 6, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

There is a new voluntary sustainability standard for golf course development, thanks to Golf Environment Organization (GEO).

The standard is designed to provide golf developers with a framework for new developments and renovations. It covers everything from site selection through to opening day and is designed to maximize social and environmental value.


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