Tri-State Golf, manager of three Northeast courses, looking to buy more

A regional operator acquired Melody Hill Country Club in Chepachet, Rhode Island in November, and formed a new management company to oversee the property and two other nearby courses.

Tri-State Golf Company manages Dudley Hill Golf Club in Dudley, Massachusetts and Raceway Golf Club in Thompson, Connecticut in addition to Melody Hill. It plans to acquire more golf courses. 

OB Sports resumes management of Hunter's Creek GC in Orlando

OB Sports Golf Management resumed management of Hunter’s Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, after Integrity Golf closed its doors. Integrity had managed the property for the prior three years. 

OB Sports had operated it from 2008 to 2014. It will oversee all golf and restaurant operations for the public facility.

Portugal hotel group acquires Oceanic portfolio

A new European golf organization has taken control of operations of five golf courses in Vilamoura, Portugal, and is exploring how the brand can grow further.

Dom Pedro Hotel Group launched its dedicated golf brand, Dom Pedro Golf, and acquired Group Oceânico’s golf portfolio. This includes the Victoria Course, which hosts the European Tour for the Portugal Masters.

The Irish Examiner reported the sale to be around €70 million (about $91 million).

Dom Pedro Hotel Group has seven hotels in Portugal.

PGA to create academies in South Korea

The PGA of America announced a strategic alliance with Lake Hills Resorts Group, a multi-course owner and operator in South Korea, to create PGA of America Academies in the country. It is the first international facility licensing partnership for the PGA. 

The PGA of America Korea–Lake Hills Academies and their associated golf clubs will be operated and overseen by PGA of America Professionals. The first two locations will be at Lake Hills Anseong Golf Club, which is 90 minutes from Seoul, and a new indoor golf center in the center of Seoul. 

Mickelson to redesign Bali course that will re-open under Trump name

MNC Land, one of Indonesia’s largest property developers, has hired  Phil Mickelson to redesign its 18-hole championship course in Tabanan, Bali, withplans to re-launch the property as Trump International Golf Club when it re-opens.

Mickelson will work directly with The Trump Organization to re-design the Nirwana Golf Course, which sits on 60 hectares right along the Indian Ocean.

Named as one of the top 100 courses in the world, Nirwana Golf Course is one of the most picturesque courses ever built, famed for its panoramic ocean views and Balinese landscapes.

GolfNorth, Canada's second largest operator, moving higher end

Slowly but surely, the No. 2 owner/operator in Canada’s golf industry is going upscale.

GolfNorth Properties, a going concern since 1994, was established to provide affordable, daily-fee golf in southernmost Ontario, the nation’s most populous area. Today it owns 20 properties and leases 10, more than any other Canadian company save ClubLink, which has 41 private clubs in its portfolio.

“We have the largest collection of golf courses that the public can play,” notes Shawn Evans, GolfNorth’s president.

Crown Golf hopes to grow business with new ambassador roles

Crown Golf, the largest golf club owner and operator in the United Kingdom, has created a new ambassador role for its top PGA pros that aims to grow participation and better engage members and new golfers. 

The Golf Development Professionals, or GDPs as they are called, will be able to have more face time with golfers, and also help new members become integrated members by helping them to meet others, said Crown Golf CEO Stephen Towers.

But, Crown Golf envisions the GDPs as crucial toward the clubs’ futures.


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