Nicaragua: Nicklaus course to be focus of new resort project

El Madroño Golf Course and Club, featuring a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, will be the centerpiece of what is expected to become the largest integrated resort development in the country.

Spread across 923 acres along the Pacific coast, the Seaside Marina Spa & Golf Resort will feature 1,350 residential units in addition to the 18-hole Nicklaus design. The resort will also feature a five-star boutique hotel, spa, village center and beach club, as well as a fully operational, on-site medical center.

Qatar: Arcapita Bank, Al-Imtiaz to develop golf community

Bahrain-based global investment house Arcapita Bank and Kuwait-based investor Al-Imtiaz Investment Company have partnered to develop Al Sidra, a $3.5 billion golf residential project in Doha, Qatar.

In addition to up to 3,200 residential units, the project will feature a Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course and a Chris Evert Tennis Academy.

Additionally, the project will house an international school managed by International School Systems, a leading North American education service provider.

December People on the Move

The R&A has named Dominic Wall, former tournament director for the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, to the position of Asia-Pacific director.

Tee time reservations company GolfSwitch has named director Larry J. Lippon as the company’s new chief executive officer. Doug Reichel, formerly director of European sales, will move to the company’s Scottsdale, Ariz., headquarters as president.

Study: European club managers average €70,000 annual salary

The first-ever job survey conducted by the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) has revealed that club managers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa are generally well-compensated, younger than expected, well-educated and predominantly male.

The recently released survey polled 173 CMAE members in 18 countries, and CMAE Chief Executive Officer Jerry Kilby said the organization hopes to make the survey an annual comprehensive report that will identify trends in the club management field and point out potential areas for improvement.

Southern Golf Properties picks up fifth Texas contract

Southern Golf Properties, based in Bandera, Texas, reportedly earned the nod to manage the Casa Blanca Golf Course in Laredo, Texas, over a field that included national operators.

Southern Golf Properties, headed by principals John Junker and Bryan Gathright, secured a three-year contract with an option for a two-year renewal from the course's developer and owner, the Commissioners' Court of Webb County, Texas.

Ukraine: Nation's first golf facility planned

Santa Rosa, Calif-based golf course architecture firm Golfplan – Fream, Dale & Ramsey will break ground  next spring on Ukraine’s first-ever golf course development.

The course will sit along the shores on Doboletsky Island in Kiev.

The golf course is just one aspect of an ambitious plan proposed by local developer Dnipro Plaza. The project also includes a five-star hotel, up to 40 residential villas, recreational space and a large retail component. 

Canada: Resort renovation to include course

A proposed renovation would turn the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, British Columbia, from a seasonal ski attraction into a year-round vacation destination.

The proposed revision to the master plan calls for construction of an 18-hole, championship golf course and as well as additional residential units and commercial space.

Set in a popular resort area between Calgary and Kamploos, Kicking Horse opened as a ski resort in 2000 and currently features 1,500 bed units and 23,000 square feet of commercial space.

New York resort sold for $88 million

Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, N.Y., has been sold to a company that owns more than 100 hotels across the U.S.

Sagbolt LLC, an affiliate of Ocean Properties Ltd. Hotels & Resorts, purchased the property for $88 million from Green Island Associates.

Ocean Properties is headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., and Portsmouth, N.H.

Green Island's principals had owned the 70-acre resort on Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains for 25 years.

Former NFL player purchases Ohio course

An Ohio businessman has purchased Fonderlac Country Club in Poland, Ohio, for approximately $5 million.

Edward Muransky acquired the course from Fonderlac Inc., a group of members of the club.

He reportedly is developing plans to upgrade the golf course. The previous ownership group elected to sell the club when it became clear they could not afford needed improvements.

Fonderlac currently has 170 members but reportedly has to raise that number to 230 to remain financially viable. The 6,400-yard course was designed by Brian Huntley and originally opened in 1966.

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