ClubCorp finishing up $50M recovery at expansive Texas club

Two years after Hurricane Harvey buried the Houston-area Clubs of Kingwood under massive floodwaters, ClubCorp is preparing for its official grand re-opening later this summer — showing off $50 million in repairs, renovations and upgrades.

While both the main Clubs of Kingwood clubhouse and the satellite Deerwood Golf Course clubhouse have had “soft” openings earlier this year in order to restore service to the membership, work has continued and the rebuilding is not yet complete.

Buffalo Groupe makes first acquisition since spin-off

By Jack Crittenden

Six months after Billy Casper Golf spun off its public relations division into a separate company, the new company, Buffalo Groupe, has acquired another communications firm —  Rawle Murdy in Charleston, S.C.

It’s the latest chapter in a long-term growth plan for the 18-year-old public relations company that can trace its roots back even longer.  

Players 1st Study: Women golfers rate atmosphere highly

by Morten Bisgaard

June 4 marks the annual celebration of Women’s Golf Day, and for the fourth year in a row, women all over the world will join in the celebration. Over the past three years, the international event has spanned more than 50 countries, 900 venues and 50,000 women golfers.

This year is expected to be the biggest single-day women’s golf event ever — a clear indication that the number of women golfers is growing.

GIS bulks up with education sponsored by ASGCA and GCBAA

The American Society of Golf Course Architects and the Golf Course Builders Association increased their commitment to the Golf Industry Show, signing on as presenting partners.

While both associations have been partners since the show’s founding in 2005, the increased commitment will include educational sessions, which they previously did not offer.

Chronogolf acquired by Lightspeed POS Inc.

Lightspeed POS Inc., a public point-of-sale software company, acquired Chronogolf, it announced on May 31. Chronogolf sells similar cloud-based software for the golf course industry, and both companies are based in Montreal

Chronogolf was already an existing Lightspeed partner, incorporating Lightspeed technology into its own products. With the acquisition, the two platforms will be more closely aligned — with Lightspeed’s customer-loyalty feature and payment collection feature integrated with Chronogolf’s line.

Study on millennials finds cost, family weigh on golf decisions

A new report shows that millennials considering joining a private golf-based country club are most influenced by cost and family considerations.

Continuing their three-year research study into attitudes toward golf among young adults, Global Golf Advisors and Nextgengolf released their latest report – which is based on surveys of more than 1,400 millennial golfers in 2017 and 2018.

Final six holes set to be finished at The Reserve Club

Clyde Johnston Designs is overseeing completion of the final six holes of the Hollow Creek Course at The Reserve Club in Aiken, S.C. The first 10 holes of the Johnson / Fuzzy Zoeller design were completed in 2007, but the recession halted further construction of the home sites along those holes, and completion of the course was also halted.

Two years ago, holes 12 and 13 were finished, and now work is continuing on holes 6 to 11, with work scheduled to be completed over the summer. Wadsworth Golf Construction is completing the work it began with the original 10 holes.

Highfives: Insourcing ups the service game

The golf course is truly a pure service play. The role of the entire team is to create and execute an experience that is personal, fun and memorable. It is about providing unique person-to-person service for each member & guest, so they get to enjoy the game while they develop a long-term loyalty to you and your property.

In my opinion, the right, hand-picked people create the best personal service. At the same time, it is having the right team members who understand how it all works who will make your property extraordinary.

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