European golfers embracing 9-hole rounds

Competitive nine-hole golf is increasing in popularity in the British Isles and several other countries around the world, according a recent report from the R&A.

“We are encouraged to see that shorter forms of the sport are being embraced by clubs and golfers as a perfectly valid means to play golf in less time, either recreationally or competitively,” said Duncan Weir, executive director of golf development at the R&A. 

The R&A 9 Hole Championship Final will be held July 14.

Pillsbury is new CEO of ClubCorp, Burnett to leave

David Pillsbury is the new chief executive officer of ClubCorp, replacing Eric Affeldt, who announced he would step down in April 2017. 

Affeldt’s departure seemed to pave the way for Apollo Global Management to acquire the then-public company for $2.2 billion in cash and debt in July 2017. That deal closed in September, but the company took its time finding a new CEO. 

New Competition: Best New Amenities

Golf Inc. is seeking entries for a new competition, the 2018 Amenities of the Year.

With so many clubs and golf courses making wide-ranging expansions and upgrades to their non-golf facilities, the Golf Inc. editors decided to replace the magazine’s annual Most Improved Golf Course competition with a more focused competition that will recognize the best new amenities. 

Call for nominations: Leaders in Golf Construction

Golf Inc. magazine is seeking nominations for the Most Influential Leaders in Golf Course Construction for our upcoming Sept./Oct. issue.

The magazine will honor golf’s unsung heroes who bring architects’ works to life by creating new must-play properties, renovating existing ones, or providing the products and services that go into a successful construction.

Leaders of construction companies, as well as those who head firms that build and install key golf course elements — such as bunkers and irrigation systems — will be recognized in this feature story.

Key Golf puts focus on course maintenance

The key to Key Golf Management’s appeal is its ability to provide top-notch maintenance and golf course care services so owners and general managers can focus on revenue-making components such as tee sheet, food & beverage and pro shop operations.

“We’re not a Troon, we’re not ClubCorp,” said Kip Wolfe, principal of the Henderson, Nev.-based company. “Our niche is maintenance. That allows operators to do what they do best.”

Tourism helps Spanish courses offset declining player base

An increase in golf tourism in Spain combined with the country’s enhanced grow the game efforts have helped to balance out the declining number of players in the country, according to a new report from KPMG.

Since 2010, the Royal Spanish Golf Federation has lost 18 percent of its players, according to the Spain Country Snapshot report published by KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice. There are now 270,463 registered golfers, with an average golf participation rate of 0.58 percent, compared to 0.92 percent for Europe overall.

5 keys to happy staff

As a golf course operator, you have a set of goals for the year. Based on the property type, you want more members, paying more in dues, or you aim for a full tee sheet every day. In addition, all courses are looking to grow their events business. It feels as if every golf course property is moving along the same path, trying to succeed in almost the same way. While there are basics we all need to handle well in order to present a great facility, there is a road few seem to travel in becoming a golf course that drives loyalty and growth: an educated, happy work team!

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