Commentary by Glen GerenaOperating a golf club or country club today is more challenging than ever, and one solution may be hiring a management company. The decision by a club owner or board to retain a management company could greatly impact the success of the club. More and more golf courses are deciding to hire a third party management company, with approximately 18 percent of all U.S. golf courses today employing this kind of support. Troon Golf, the largest club management company, has added over 123 new courses since 2011.
Mosiac Clubs and Resorts has been managing Osprey Cove Golf Club in St. Mary's, Georgia since January 1. It is managing all golf amenities, including the clubhouse, pro shop and the course.
The clubhouse recently underwent a $2 million renovation.
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.
Troon will manage The Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise Beach, Missouri on the Lake of the Ozarks. The Club at Porto Cima is a private facility and features an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, a 17,000 square-foot clubhouse and a Yacht Club.
Mosaic Clubs & Resorts has added two courses in the Atlanta market — The Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead and Smoke Rise Country Club in Stone Mountain.
MBK Partners, a private equity firm, announced it will acquire Japanese golf course operator Accordia Golf for about $760 million. MBK had tried to acquire Accordia in July, but the deal was scrapped after Accordia's value surged.
The City of Round Rock has selected KemperSports to manage Forest Creek Golf Club — an 18-hole championship golf course located in the Sports Capital of Texas. The partnership between KemperSports and the City will allow for both organizations to align goals as the course embarks on a significant two-year renovation project that starts in 2017.
The City of Atlanta has ended its lease with American Golf to manage five of the city’s six golf courses, leaving the city without a management company after a failed bidding process.
The city had sought a competitive bidding process, but did not receive any acceptable bids.
American Golf did not bid, but continued to try to work out a deal.
The Huntley Park District in Illinois selected KemperSports to manage Pinecrest Golf Club, an 18-hole course located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Pinecrest Golf Club has been a popular golf destination for the local community for the past 44 years, with robust golf leagues and permanent tee time programming. The course has undergone several refreshes over the years and is considered one of the best-maintained public golf courses in the region.