First-ever PGA Village outside U.S. planned

The first PGA Village to be developed outside the borders of the United States will be built on Cat Island in the Bahamas.

The PGA Village at The Bahamas will be a partnership between the PGA of America, local investor Cat Island Partners Ltd. and Southworth Development and its management arm, Southworth Golf.

The first of two planned 18-hole courses at PGA Village will be designed by architect Rees Jones. Southworth will develop the Cat Island Golf & Beach Resort and Southworth Golf will manage the golf and resort operations.

It's a flat golf world

As the state with the largest population, California might seem like a prime target for golf developers. But builders know that any proposed course there faces a long, complicated process.

"There are other states that aren't easy for development, but California is the toughest," said golf course architect Cal Olson. "There are so many activists who get involved in the approval process and push to make it more difficult [to build a course]."

People on the move

Dave Woodyard, who served as ClubCorp's vice president for new business development in the early 1990s before moving to the company's business and sports division, is the company's new executive vice president for new business. Paul Burley, formerly manager of golf operations at Turnberry, is the new vice president for IMG Golf Course Services with responsibility for IMG's Middle East and Asia Pacific portfolio. Kempe r Spor ts has promoted Gary Binder to executive vice president and Doug Hellman to vice president of business development.

Las Vegas or bus-ed for OB Sports outings

With fuel costs remaining high, two Las Vegas-area clubs are looking to attract more golf outings by providing participants rides to the courses from their hotels. Angel Park and The Legacy golf clubs recently purchased two shuttle buses that offer groups and tournament participants transportation to the clubs as part of their outings package. Officials at OB Sports, which manages the properties, said the buses also provide a marketing boost for the courses because the vehicle exteriors (as seen on this photo) are wrapped with images from both the clubs.

Golf's looming crisis: How to keep the water flowing

In putting together Golf Inc.'s recent State of the Industry survey (August 2008) editors wanted to know what key issues participants thought would most impact the golf business in the coming year.As expected, hot-button topics like the current economic slump, rising operations costs and the housing meltdown were at the top of the list of concerns.But one issue that drew higher than expected short-term worry was one we're hearing voiced more often these days: water.Every segment of the golf industry today is concerned about water. It's truly the lifeblood for golf.


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