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ClubCorp resolves issues with investor that sought sale

May 19, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

ClubCorp's disagreement with a vocal minority investor has officially ended. The public company reached an agreement with FrontFour Capital Group that will add two new independent directors to the ClubCorp Board of Directors. With the additions, the ClubCorp Board now comprises 10 directors, nine of whom are independent.

The two new directors are: Simon Turner, formerly the President, Global Development of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Emanuel "Manny" Pearlman, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Empire Resorts. 

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.

Billy Casper Golf new manager for Giants Ridge

May 3, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Billy Casper Golf has been selected by Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, with partner Guest Service, Inc., to manage golf operations and recreational offerings for Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn.

The State of Minnesota and IRRRB approved the contract for BCG to guide golf course maintenance, marketing, sales, staffing and training, merchandising, food and beverage, golf instruction and financial management for Giants Ridge's two courses: The Legend and The Quarry.

La Quinta to transfer city golf course to developer

May 3, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

The City of La Quinta, Calif. is getting out of the golf business by transferring ownership of SilverRock Golf Course to a resort developer for $1. But the deal is far more complicated than it looks.

The golf course transfer will not happen until after the developer,  SilverRock Development Co., has started construction on two hotels and has built a permanent clubhouse. The developer will also realign the golf course and make other improvements.

Developer seeks rezoning to get condos on club site

May 3, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Michael Schlesinger, who unsuccessfully tried to build homes on one golf course near San Diego, appears to have learned his lesson. The developer is working with club members and neighbors to get approval to build homes on a second course he owns. 

In 2012, Schlesinger acquired Escondido Country Club and closed it with plans to build homes. But he was rebuffed after a bitter dispute with residents that included dueling ballot measures and lawsuits.  

Gull Lake View opens sixth course at resort

May 3, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Stoatin Brae golf course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort in southwest Michigan will open May 15 with a focus on fun.

“We’re putting the final touches on Stoatin Brea, and we're beyond excited for the start of our first official season,” said Bill Johnson, vice-president and PGA Professional at Gull Lake View. “We want to keep Stoatin Brea affordable and playable, so the pricing will be dynamic throughout the season.” 

Landscapes hopes to make North Dakota course a regional attraction

April 19, 2017
By Jack Crittenden

Landscape Management has signed a five-year contract to manage Fox Hills Golf Course in Watford City, North Dakota. The semi-private club is in the process of adding 12 holes to the existing nine. Landscapes Unlimited, the parent company for Landscape Management, is handling the construction. Kevin Norby designed the new holes, which are expected to open for play in spring 2018.

Watford City has seen impressive growth thanks to the oil industry, with its population expanding from 1,200 to more than 7,000 in less than ten years. It is expected to continue to grow.

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