Duncan Golf focuses on Reno-area properties

For more than a decade, Duncan Golf Management has been carving out a niche for itself in Nevada’s capital city area.

The family-owned, locally focused company aims to provide “the best golf experience in Northern Nevada,” and these days it puts its promise into practice at five properties that cater to players who seek enjoyable, mid-priced golf. The company’s portfolio consists of four 18-hole public courses and one 36-hole municipal complex.

GIS attendance lowest since 1986

Attendance at the Golf Industry Show this year dropped to its lowest point since 1986, long before the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association merged together to form the annual trade show.

Only 11,700 attended the show in San Antonio last month, which was 14 percent down from the prior year, but only 6 percent down from the last time it was in San Antonio. Still, attendance has been on a steady decline since 2008 when it attracted a high of 25,737 attendees.

Nicklaus to step down from day-to-day operations of his company

After nearly 50 years of directing the wide-ranging business interests of the Nicklaus Cos., golfng legend Jack Nicklaus is stepping away from day-to-day involvement in the organization.

“I have spent my life building the Nicklaus Cos., and there has come a time in my life when I need to reduce my level of involvement and pursue many other things I am very interested in,” Nicklaus said in a statement.

Touchstone beefs up with muni deals

Touchstone Golf has gotten off to a fast start in 2018, with acquisitions that may signal the direction of its immediate future.

Touchstone, ranked by Golf Inc. as the world’s 17th-largest management company, began the new year by adding a pair of municipal properties to its portfolio: Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course in Fredericksburg, Texas and Blue Rock Springs Golf Course in Vallejo, Calif. They are the 11th and 12th municipal venues that Touchstone now operates and Steve Harker, the company’s president, thinks there’s more where they came from.

Small operator, Foursome Golf, thinking big

One of the golf industry’s smallest management companies is dreaming big.

Foursome Golf Management Group believes it’s found a formula that can inject some economic life into under-performing municipal courses located in or near U.S. cities. The results so far have been promising, and the firm’s principals have begun laying a foundation for future expansion.

How to create amazing events

The Super Bowl is an amazing event, as people with no vested interest can't wait to see the final game of the NFL season.  In the 99% of the rest of our lives, each one of us has positioned a great deal of our TV viewing to miss the majority of commercials by recording shows and zipping through the spots.  Not this past Sunday.  After decades of building a unique audience for the stops in the action, fans now have two reasons to stay glued to the screen.  How is it that we have been trained to watch the very things we despise every other 60 seconds of our lives?  The Super Bowl weekend is a

Arcis buys TPC Valencia

Arcis Golf acquired TPC Valencia from a master-planned community developer in late January. While the price was not disclosed, the list price was $7.5 million. Ken Arimitsu, Sr. Vice President with PMRG, brokered the deal. 

Arcis already owns Valencia Country Club, which is two miles from TPC Valencia, and plans to market memberships to both clubs.

Quarterly rounds totals down in UK

After a strong first half of the year, golf rounds fell in the United Kingdom in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the prior year, but it wasn’t all bad news.

Monthly, the year-to-date average is ahead of 2016 by 4 percent, according to a quarterly report from Sports Marketing Surveys, Inc. (SMS).

Two regions, the Midlands and Scotland, barely saw any decreases in play, with less than 1 percent change year over year for the third quarter. Meanwhile, the southern region had a small quarterly loss of 4 percent, but was still 3 percent ahead of the prior year.

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