Europe

CMAE to launch benchmark study

March 7, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

The Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) has launched a most comprehensive club and golf benchmarking study, thought to be the largest ever undertaken in Europe.

Delivered by Global Golf Advisors, its aim will be to measure vital operational performance metrics and industry-wide trends against which clubs can benchmark their own performance.

Europe market stable, new study shows

April 21, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Europe's golf markets are showing positive signs of stability and growth, according to KPMG’s Golf Participation Report for Europe 2016. Overall, the study shows Europe is in a period of stabilization following declines from the 2009 global financial crisis.

“Hopefully, what we have observed in some markets is a continuance of meaningful development in the sport as well as a boost to its reputation as a positive contributor, not least to the financial stability of clubs, too,” said Andrea Sartori, KPMG’s Global Head of Sport.

UK's Golf Management Group offering franchises

April 4, 2016

Golf Management Group, which specializes in strategic cost management for almost 500 golf clubs in the United Kingdom, is offering franchise opportunities.

Ten exclusive territories across the UK are available, each containing 128 golf clubs on average.

With customers ranging from 9-hole municipals to Open Championship venues, Golf Management Group (GMG) uses the collective buying power of its members to negotiate supplier terms at attractive rates across a range of categories including Energy, Food & Beverage, Waste & Washroom Management and several others.

Most Powerful Europeans in Golf 2015

December 7, 2015
Keith Pelley

While the European Ryder Cup Team is a cohesive body that works together toward a common aim, the same can’t be said for the European golf industry.

For starters, national attitudes toward the sport vary greatly. Golf, to a Scot, is an integral part of the community. To a Frenchman, it is quite alien. To a Turk, it might be a source of tourist revenue. To a German, it is a pastime that requires licensing to ensure a certain level of proficiency and understanding of etiquette.

PGA Catalunya appoints Plana as CEO

November 18, 2015

David Plana has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of PGA Catalunya Resort, Spain’s official candidate host venue for The 2022 Ryder Cup. Plana previously served as the corporate director of the resort for nearly eight years.

“I’m extremely proud to be leading the team at PGA Catalunya Resort and I will continue to work very closely with my colleagues to realize our growth plans over the coming year,” Plana said in a news release.

Most Powerful in Europe announced

October 21, 2015
By Jack Crittenden

Golf Inc. magazine has announced the 15 Most Powerful Europeans in the golf industry, a list that includes several new names like Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European PGA Tour, and Charley Hull, the professional female golfer.

The magazine, which previously announced the Most Powerful people in the world, and the Most Powerful Asians in the golf industry, focused this list on the people who are influencing and impacting golf courses the most in Europe.

Tom Mackenzie named EIGCA president

April 30, 2015

Members of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects have elected golf course architect Tom Mackenzie as the new president. Mackenzie replaced Peter Fjällman the week of April 13th at the EIGCA’s annual meeting in North Berwick, Scotland. He is the ninth president since the EIGCA formed in 2000.

Kennedy Wilson acquires Fairmont St. Andrews for $53.8M

August 29, 2014
By Laira Martin

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate acquired Fairmont St. Andrews — a golf resort in Fife, Scotland for $53.8 million, its second large acquisition of a golf property this summer. The deal was brokered by CBRE Group. 

Kennedy Wilson is a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based real estate investment company with 25 offices throughout the world. It set up its European branch in 2011. It acquired Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links in Dublin in June for $39 million.

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