Golf in Europe stabilizing, reports show

Two recent reports give hope to the state of golf participation across Europe.

The years-long trend of declining participation in golf slowed in Europe last year, according to the European Golf Course Owners Association’s 2016 report. It showed participation dropped by just 0.85 percent.

And KPMG’s Golf Participation Report for Europe 2017 even showed a slight uptick in the number of registered golfers by 2 percent. This could be because of the many initiatives to stimulate the golf industry, said Andrea Sartori, KPMG global head of sports.

Troon adds Belfair and Mauna Lani

Belfair, one of the most prestigious private clubs in the U.S., has selected Troon Golf to manage both its 36-hole facility and the community’s property owners association. The Bluffton, South Carolina community is approximately 1,100 acres and is located five miles from Hilton Head Island on Highway 278.

Troon Privé, the company’s private club operations division, will manage the club. Troon Privé manages nearly 70 private clubs, half of which are member owned.

Orion Management targets munis

For a small Midwestern management company, golf operations are akin to solving a riddle.

“Golf courses are like puzzles,” said Shane Gardner, a principal of Orion Management Solutions. “What works at one doesn’t always work at another. Every course has a different location, a different clientele and different wants and needs. Just because an approach has been good at 10 courses doesn’t mean it’s going to work at the 11th.”

Arcis Golf among Inc.’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Arcis Golf has made huge strides in its short history. Unveiled in 2015 by Arcis Equity Partners as a newly capitalized golf management company, Dallas-based Arcis Golf is now one of the country’s leading owner-operators of golf courses.

This month, it debuted as No. 171 on the newly released 2017 Inc. 5000 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America. Arcis Golf is also ranked No. 2 in the Travel & Hospitality category.

KemperSports adds Club at Grandezza and Lincolnshire Fields CC

KemperSports has recently added two family-friendly clubs to its portfolio — The Club at Grandezza in Estero, Fla. and Lincolnshire Fields Country Club, in Champaign, Ill. 

Grandezza is in one of the most sought after residential communities in the greater Southwest Florida market. The Club at Grandezza is the centerpiece and social hub of the community offering a full complement of recreation and social activities. 

GEO issues new guidelines for sustainable golf development

At Verdura Golf & Spa Resort on the south coast of Sicily, the seafront land where two 18-hole courses sit used to be a grove of fruit trees on exposed soil.

In 2009, California-based Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design built the new courses to reflect the agricultural heritage of the region. There are now more than 40 species of native plants and 1,400 acres of olive and orange trees.

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