The USGA has introduced Resource Management, a new web-based product that is part of its effort to better help golf facilities be economically and environmentally sustainable.
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.
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.
John Easterbrook is leaving Troon to take over as Chief Membership Officer of the PGA of America.
Easterbrook, who is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Troon, has been with the world’s largest operator for 20 years. He will move to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and will report to PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua.
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 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, 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.
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 $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.
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.