Threadgold promoted at Jonas

May 19, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Alan Threadgold, CCM, a former general manager of one of Ireland's most recognized golf clubs, was promoted to Vice-President, Operations of Jonas Club Software. Threadgold joined the software company in 2015 and has managed the Jonas International Businesses in the United Kingdom and South Africa as well as the Clubminder and Web Creative brands.

With his appointment, he retains responsibility for the Jonas Club International division and expands his management role to include departmental operations of Jonas Club Software as a whole.

Why TaylorMade's new owner got a great deal

May 17, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Adidas is finally selling TaylorMade Golf, and the new owner appears poised to make millions off the deal. 

KPS Capital Partners, a private equity firm, had been discussing an acquisition with adidas since the German sportswear maker announced it was seeking a buyer 18 months ago. Adidas wanted out of hard goods, so it could focus on apparel, and TaylorMades fortunes had turned sour in the past few years. 


Most Improved Golf Courses: Call for Entries

May 16, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Golf Inc. is seeking entries for its 2017 Most Improved Golf Courses competition and nominations for its Advisers of the Year recognition.

Any course that demonstrated a significant improvement in its fortunes, either through major course renovations, remodeling a clubhouse, adding new facilities, improving customer service, revamping its financial structure or other strategy is eligible to enter the Most Improved Golf Courses competition.

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.

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.


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