Operations

Textron acquires GPS company

February 21, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Last year E-Z-GO chose TKVGPS as its preferred GPS provider. This year, the golf car manufacturer's parent company acquired the Ontario, Canada- based company. 

Textron Specialized Vehicles announced the acquisition in late January. TKVGPs offers GPS-based fleet management. TKVGPS’ business will operate as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles’ Golf business. This includes Jacobsen, which announced a combination of operations with Textron Specialized Vehicles last October. 

Golf Inc. call for most innovative people in golf

February 15, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Who are the most innovative people in golf today? 

Golf Inc. is seeking nominations for the individuals who are helping the game evolve, grow and adapt. These could be creative thinkers, risk takers or cutting-edge heroes. They could be operators, vendors or developers. 

Golf Inc. will profile the most innovative minds in golf in our May/June issue. To nominate someone, email the person's name, contact info and a brief description of why they are deserving to: golfinc.contest@Cypressmagazines.com by Feb. 28.

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.

Golf Pipeline partners with CBS

January 11, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Golf Pipeline, the industry’s third-largest tee time reseller, has signed a partnership agreement with CBS Sports Digital, a division of CBS Interactive.

Golf Pipeline will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity with support and promotion from CBS Sports Digital. Golf Pipeline competes with GolfNow, which is owned by the Golf Channel, and EZLinks, which partners with the PGA Tour.

Golf Pipeline, created in 2012, serves more than 1,100 golf courses.

Loustalot gets Scottsdale on board with new venture

December 16, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Mike Loustalot is making some waves with his latest venture. The former for GolfNow executive, recently launched the ORCA Report, which tracks a number of key data points to see how courses are doing and allows them to compare their figures with those of similar courses that are also using ORCA. The information is confidential.

Women could add $35B to golf economy

December 2, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Women could add $35 billion to the global golf economy, if golf courses were successful in getting them to play in greater numbers, according to new research by Syngenta.

The new report, ‘The Global Economic Value of Increased Female Participation in Golf’, surveyed 14,000 people in eight markets in North America, Europe and Asia. It was commissioned by Syngenta and conducted by an independent international market research company.

Levy new PGA president, Whaley first women to move into VP slot

December 2, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Paul Levy is the 40th President of the PGA of America, and his vice president, Suzy Whaley, is the first woman to be elected as an officer of the association. 

Levy is President of Club Operations and Development for Sunrise Company, and also is the CEO and General Manager at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, Calif. Prior to being elected President, Levy served as Vice President and Secretary.

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. 

Trump: Most powerful person in golf

November 15, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Donald Trump’s historic election as president of the United States has brought with it shock, uncertainty and even protests.  With the exception of generals, a political neophyte has never been commander-in-chief.

But while Trump has never presided over a state as a governor or run a city as a mayor, he does bring with him extensive experience as a real estate developer and business owner.

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