Brown Golf adds two courses

Brown Golf,  located in Camp Hill, Penn., continues to grow its portfolio of clubs with the addition of two managed 18-hole facilities. In January, Brown added a signature Jack Nicklaus designed course, Great Bear Golf Club in East Stroudsburg, Penn.  In May, Brown added another facility, Green Mountain National, located in Killington, Vermont.

Brown’s portfolio now includes 27 golf courses that are located in seven states:  Vermont, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, and Florida.   

Bill Yates, pace-of-play guru, passes away

Bill Yates, the golf industry’s best-known 
advocate for speeding up play at
 courses around the world, 
died June 4 at his Pebble Beach,
Calif., home after a short battle 
with pancreatic cancer. 

the “Pace of Play Guru,” Yates 
founded a consulting company, Pace Manager Systems, that helped operators eliminate problems caused by slow play. He was a frequent speaker at industry gatherings, including Golf Inc., offering his extensively researched recommendations for improving the pace of play at courses.

BCG adds Wyndham Club

Billy Casper Golf has taken over management of The Windham Club in North Windham, Conn., its fifth course in Connecticut. 

BCG will provide marketing and operations consultation services, with a primary focus on marketing strategy, planning and overall revenue management. The arrangement will also include staffing and training services designed to enhance member and guest experiences.

Located approximately 30 miles east of Hartford, The Windham Club features an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, driving range and short-game practice area. 

GolfNow partners with 18Birdies, GolfBook and ChronoGolf

GolfNow and 18Birdies announced a strategic partnership in late May, making GolfNow the preferred tee-time provider for 18Birdies’ mobile golf platform. The partnership will showcase golf courses within GolfNow’s online tee-time marketplace to 18Birdies’ growing user base of more than 950,000 golfers, providing easy access to book tee times at more than 8,000 courses worldwide.

GolfNow is building partnerships across a global industry to strengthen technology offerings to better serve golfers and golf courses. GolfNow also announced partnerships with ChronoGolf and GolfBook. 

OB Sports to manage new course in Scotland

OB Sports Golf Management has added the first property to its portfolio outside of the Americas, with the addition of Dumbarnie Golf Links in Scotland. 

Dumbarnie Golf Links is a five-star links golf course on the eastern coastline of central Scotland that is in the beginning stages of construction. OB Sports will oversee the development, grow-in and operations.

Epirus acquires The Club Company and its 13 courses

Private equity firm Epiris has acquired The Club Company, a 13-course operator in the United Kingdom, and it has plans to add to this portfolio. 

With approximately 40,000 members and 600 permanent staff, The Club Company’s clubs combine a traditional golf environment with a heavy emphasis on health and fitness for families. Five clubs offer accommodations. 

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.


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