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David Townend starts management company in Malaysia

February 6, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

David Townend, a 25-year golf industry veteran, is launching a new management company that will be based in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

Townend previously worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, IMG and Troon Golf, the latter where he was in-charge of business development and operations for the Asia Pacific region.

His new company, Azalea Hospitality, will be a full-service golf and leisure management and consulting company.

Dave Richey steps down at Toll Brothers

December 16, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Dave Richey is stepping down as president of Toll Golf division, the division within Toll Brothers that oversees golf development and operations. Maurice Darbyshire will assume the role of president. 

Richey has been part of the Toll Golf Division for 14 years. During his tenure he built and opened seven golf courses and eight clubhouses. He grew the division to more than 13,000 members, with close to 1,000 employees. The division was founded in 1998. 

Keegan's view: a lot of golf courses in trouble

December 16, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Jim Keegan, a consultant, took a look a the financial health of golf courses and concluded that it is a "disheartening picture." He said there are two benchmarks that provide a good understanding of the financial potential for a golf course: the number of golfers per 18 holes within 10 miles and the number of golf courses whose annual revenues are less than $1,000,000. He concluded that 34 percent of all courses earn les than $1 million a year, and that 41.8 percent have fewer than 1,000 golfers per 18 holes within 10 miles.

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.

Arnold Palmer remembered

October 3, 2016
By Jack Crittenden

Arnold Palmer, 1929-2016, september 30, 2016 “To place a president of the United States in proper historical perspective might take several generations, but to evaluate the impact of Arnold Palmer on golf we need not wait. He has meant more to the game than anyone, ever, in every conceivable way.”       - Nick Seitz, editor at large, Golf Digest“Arnold transcended the game of golf.

Greg Martin new president of ASGCA

May 18, 2016
By Robert J. Vasilak

Greg Martin is the new president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. The Batavia, Illinois-based designer hasn’t announced any initiatives that he intends to pursue, but he believes golf architecture is “an opportunity to establish an exceptional interaction between man and the natural environment while solving cultural, environmental, or engineering requirements.”

Tano Malentin named Integrity COO

March 9, 2016

Integrity Golf Company announced the promotion of Tano Malentin to Chief Operating Officer. 

In his new role, effective immediately, Malentin will oversee all facets of the company’s business units, including sales and marketing to food and beverage and golf course operations. According to Malentin, who previously oversaw Integrity Golf’s sales and marketing efforts, his new focus is two-fold: continue building the “best hospitality company” in the golf business and investing in the well-being of Integrity Company’s employees. 

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