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EZLinks acquires Course Trends, adds new investor

February 6, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

EZLinks Golf announced a significant minority investment by an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners, a global private equity firm with more than $50 billion in assets. While terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the investment helped EZLinks close on the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based Distinct Software Solutions (DSS), a leading marketing technology company specializing in golf.

KemperSports starts back-end service for private clubs, adds St. Albans

February 6, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

KemperSports has launched a new service for private clubs that will provide back-of-the-house administrative services.

Named BackSpin Club Services, it will offer payroll and benefits administration, human resources guidance, benchmarking and purchasing power through BackSpin’s national buying network focused on the specific needs of private clubs 

BackSpin clients will also get exclusive access to a la carte consulting services to maximize a club’s potential while allowing a club’s leadership to maintain full control of day-to-day operations. 

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.

ClubCorp forms committee to investigate options, including a possible sale

January 17, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Less than four months after an investor called on ClubCorp to consider selling itself, the public company may be doing just that, according to sources and a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The Dallas-based company said it has formed a committee to review and evaluate alternatives.

“The committee is focusing on opportunities to further unlock the value inherent in the company,” ClubCorp said in filing. “The committee is evaluating opportunities with a focus on maximizing value for all shareholders.”

Concert Golf recapitalizes White Manor CC

January 11, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Concert Golf Partners added another private club to its portfolio, with the recapitalization of White Manor Country Club, a member-owned private club in the Philadelphia suburb of Malvern. The club's Board of Directors and its members approved a deal at the end of 2016, which will pay off all the club's debt. It is also expected to lower annual member dues by 10 to 15 percent, and inject more than $1 million into immediate capital projects at the club.

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.”

Finchem confirms he will retire Jan. 1

December 2, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Tim Finchem, one of the most powerful men in the business of golf, as well as in the sports world, officially announced he will retire as Commissioner of the PGA Tour on Jan. 1. The longtime commissioner increased the Tour's revenue from $285 million in 1994 to $1.1 billion. Even after accounting for inflation, that still represents a valuation that is more than double of what he inherited. The league's purse grew from $56.4 million to $300 million. 

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