Commentary by Glen GerenaOperating a golf club or country club today is more challenging than ever, and one solution may be hiring a management company. The decision by a club owner or board to retain a management company could greatly impact the success of the club. More and more golf courses are deciding to hire a third party management company, with approximately 18 percent of all U.S. golf courses today employing this kind of support. Troon Golf, the largest club management company, has added over 123 new courses since 2011.
World Golf Report
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.
Mosiac Clubs and Resorts has been managing Osprey Cove Golf Club in St. Mary's, Georgia since January 1. It is managing all golf amenities, including the clubhouse, pro shop and the course.
The clubhouse recently underwent a $2 million renovation.
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.
Golf Inc. magazine is now accepting entries for Renovation of the year. This award honors the best renovations or restorations in the world for the past year in two categories — private club and public course.
A winner, runner-up and three finalists will be selected in each category, assuming there are enough quality entrants. Winners will be featured in the July/August issue of Golf Inc. Magazine. Projects completed anywhere in the world between Nov. 1, 2015 and Jan. 31, 2017 are eligible.
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.
Silvies Valley Ranch, an operating cattle ranch and resort located in Silvies, Oregon, will open two 18-hole reversible golf course in July.
A local family, the Campbells, are behind The Retreat at Silvies Valley Ranch, which will bring the Western mystique of the region to an intimate scale, full-service resort complete with lodging, multiple dining options, exclusive outdoor experiences, a spa, and a private airstrip for guests looking to fly directly onto the property.
Dismal River Golf Club, one of Nebraska’s build-it-and-they-will-come golf venues, has been sold again. The 36-hole club, which opened in 2006, now belongs to a group of seven Omaha businessmen, led by Joel Jacobs, a former professional football player who’s become an investment advisor.
Jacobs grew up on a ranch near Dismal River, a club that features golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak. The club is in Mullen, Neb.
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.
Florida city pays $5 million to keep course open
The city of Oviedo, Fla., has agreed to pay $5 million for Twin Rivers Golf Club to ensure that the struggling 310-acre property remains open.
Twin Rivers features an 18-hole, Joe Lee-designed course and was among a handful of Orlando-area venues owned by The Golf Group. Two years ago, The Golf Group, headed by Bob Dello Russo, closed Rock Springs Ridge Golf Club in nearby Apopka when it was in similar financial straits. The city will seek a private management firm to operate Twin Rivers.