Tralies to receive award from PGA of America

Longtime golf industry executive Phil Tralies has been named recipient of the PGA of America's Ernie Sabayrac Award for lifetime contributions to the golf industry.

The 62-year-old Trailies currently is chairman of Club Car Inc., one of the world's largest golf car manufacturers. He joined the company in May 2001 as president and CEO and was named to his current post in January.

36-hole Craft Farms added to Honours Golf portfolio

Honours Golf Co. beefed upits southern Alabama cluster of courses this month with the purchase of the 36-hole Craft Farms Golf Resort in Gulf Shores.

Craft Farms' two courses -- Cotton Creek Golf Club and Cypress Bend Golf Course -- both are Arnold Palmer Signature designs that opened in 1987.

Honours Golf currently owns and manages two other golf courses in the area: Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores and Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope.

Craft Farms will be the thirteenth golf facility owned or managed by Honours Golf.

Hungary: €500 million recreation complex to include golf

Israeli property developer Polar International has unveiled plans to develop a new €500 million recreation complex in the western Hungarian city of Sopron, near the country's border with Austria.

Named Sopron Golden Lake, the project would involve 250,000 square meters of total built-up space on a 90-hectare plot surrounding an artificial lake.

New British course owner plans upgrades

Hersham Village Golf Club in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, has been sold for a reported £1.65 million to Claudel Venture Holdings Limited.

Sale of the 18-hole, 5,307-yard course by HLL Humberts Leisure came together quickly, according to representatives from both parties.

Claudel Venture Holdings Limited is expected to invest additional money to enhance the both the golf course and clubhouse facilities.

The woodland course, built on a former tree nursery site, includes a 22-bay lighted range. Greens fees are £18.50 on weekdays and £22 on weekends.

Augusta-area club sold to investment group

An ownership group that includes the club's current director of golf has purchased the semiprivate Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, Ga.

Jones Creek Investors LLC paid an undisclosed price for the 18-hole Augusta-area course originally designed by Rees Jones. Mark Hemann, director of golf, is a member of the group. The LLC actually took control of the course from seller Weldon Wyatt in March with the intention of eventually purchasing it.

They acquired a club in need of refurbishing, as course conditions had reportedly been deteriorating prior to the sale.

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.


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