Casper adds Philadelphia munis

Rapidly establishing itself as one of the county’s top muni management companies, Billy Casper Golf has added four city of Philadelphia facilities to its growing portfolio.
 
The company now operates publicly owned courses for Chicago; Cincinnati; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tulsa, Okla.; Cook County, Ill.; Westchester County, N.Y.; and Anne Arundel County, Md.
 

Running Horse developer’s death blamed on diabetes

Authorities have blamed the death of the co-developer of the failed Running Horse Country Club project on complications from diabetes.
 
The Fresno County, Calif., coroner’s report said that Scott Webb, 46, had been found dead in a Fresno motel room in September. He apparently had died several days before the body was discovered.
 

USGA signs on for 2010 Golf Industry Show

The United States Golf Association will join the Golf Industry Show as a participating partner, beginning with the 2010 show in San Diego, Calif.
 
The USGA joins the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Club Managers Association of America in the annual event, along with participating organizations the Golf Course Builders Association of America, the American Society of Golf Course Architects and the National Golf Foundation.
 

Baltusrol director of grounds elected GCSAA president

In a move aimed at expanding the Greg Norman Collection label into the luxury apparel market internationally, New York-based Tharanco Group has purchased the brand from MacGregor Golf.
Tharanco, which also owns the Bill Blass, Poleci and Joseph A. labels, has created a new company, Tharanco Lifestyles, to manufacture and market the brand. Michael Setola, who had headed GNC under MacGregor, will also direct operations of the new company. The current management and sales teams also will remain in place.

Sale of Greg Norman label will allow product line expansion

In a move aimed at expanding the Greg Norman Collection label into the luxury apparel market internationally, New York-based Tharanco Group has purchased the brand from MacGregor Golf.
Tharanco, which also owns the Bill Blass, Poleci and Joseph A. labels, has created a new company, Tharanco Lifestyles, to manufacture and market the brand. Michael Setola, who had headed GNC under MacGregor, will also direct operations of the new company. The current management and sales teams also will remain in place.

Korean buyer purchases Washington facility

A Korean-based firm has purchased the Willapa Harbor Golf Course in Raymond, Wash.
It’s one of the first ventures into the U.S. golf market for the buyer, Kosses USA.  The seller was  Louis Runge, whose family has owned and operated the course since 1940.
Sale price was not disclosed for the 9-hole course that opened in 1926.
Runge blamed deteriorating economic conditions for the decision to sell the property. He said the new ownership group would provide a needed cash infusion.    

Harris Golf pays $249,000 for 9-hole course

Harris Golf has agreed to purchase the nine-hole Wilson Lake Country Club in Wilton, Maine, for $249,000 and will take over the operation of the club in March.
The Wilson Lake club, which will remain a semi-private venue under Harris, is the second financially distressed Maine property acquired by Harris Golf in the past 15 months, joining the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono  which Harris purchased in October 2007.

CNL signs new operators after Heritage Golf Group default

CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc. will reassign the lease agreements on two of its golf course properties, Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita, Calif., and Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, Fla., after being notified by previous leaseholder Heritage Golf Group that Heritage would no longer make scheduled lease payments to CNL for the properties.
Officials said that as of March 1, KemperSports will take over management of Valencia Country Club, while Arnold Palmer Golf Management/Century Golf Partners will operate Weston Hills.

U.S. rounds show biggest drop in six years

Golf rounds in the United States fell 1.8 percent in 2008 compared to the previous year, according to the year-end National Golf Rounds Played report.
The decline is the largest since 2002 – the year following the 9-11 tragedy – when rounds plummeted 3.0 percent.
Weak December play – with rounds plunging 6.8 percent for the month – ensured that the rounds total would drop for the second consecutive year. 
States with the largest dropoffs in play for the year were Iowa (down 8.6 percent) and

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