Operations

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.

CBS partners with Golf Pipeline

November 15, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

CBS Sports is entering the tee time market, thanks to a partnership agreement with Golf Pipeline.

Golf Pipeline announced in early November that CBS Sports Digital, a division of CBS Interactive, will provide support and promotion to help further grow the Golf Pipeline business and the game of golf.

Golf Pipeline, which was created in 2012 to become a destination for golfers to book tee times, is the third largest network of available golf course tee times serving more than 1,100 golf courses.

CMAA selects Cypress to publish Club Management

November 7, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

The Club Managers Assocation of America has partnered with Cypress Magazines, publishers of Golf Inc., to publish Club Management magazine, starting with the March/April 2017 edition. Cypress Magazines brings 25 years of publishing experience, and an experienced and dedicated staff with extensive knowledge of the industry. It has published Golf Inc. since 1998.

Topgolf imitators opening in Texas, Florida

November 1, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Topgolf’s success is spawning imitators across the U.S., with at least three companies planning to open similar facilities within a year.

The Dallas-based company has excited the golf world with interactive driving ranges that focus more on food, fun and entertainment than on golf. The company has grown to 30 locations, adding seven in 2016. Analysts estimate that Topgolf brings in $10 million to $25 million in annual revenue per facility, half of it from food and beverages.

Most powerful people in Asian golf industry

October 24, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Despite a slowdown in China, Asia continues to be golf’s fastest-growing market. We identify the ten people who are influencing the region the most.  While five made our list of the Most Powerful People in Golf in our September/October issue, they are re-ranked here based on their impact on Asia only.

  

No. 1 Dr. Ken Chu, Chairman and CEO and

Mr. Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman, Mission Hills Group

China

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