Kemper to manage club at new golf community in Texas

Heath Golf & Yacht Club, a new master-planned, resort-style community in Heath, Texas, has hired KemperSports to guide the club through the construction process and membership growth. Heath is 20 miles east of Dallas. 

The 787-acre lakefront community will include more than 1,200 homes, starting at $300,000. It will include a 27-hole golf course, private country club, pool, tennis courts, hotel, retail stores, hiking and biking trails, parks and an elementary school.

Sharp named CourseCo CEO

Michael Sharp has been named chief executive officer of Northern California-based management company CourseCo.

The appointment is part of a planned transition process that includes company founder Tom Isaak moving to the role of chairman.

The 43-year-old Sharp has been with CourseCo for 15 years and is a partner in the firm. A PGA professional, he has held a number of leadership roles within the golf industry over the years.

Founded in 1988, CourseCo currently operates 33 golf properties in the U.S.

ClubCorp backs out of deal to acquire Concert Golf clubs

David Pillsbury, CEO, ClubCorp

ClubCorp has pulled out of the deal to acquire 16 private clubs from Concert Golf Partners.

Details of the proposed deal first emerged in April after Peter Nanula, CEO of Concert Golf Partners, notified members of the clubs that would be acquired. The two companies then entered into a due diligence stage for a deal that could have exceeded $100 million, and been the largest in the golf industry since 2015. 

But one month later, ClubCorp announced that David Pillsbury was the company’s new CEO, and that Mark Burnett, who had shepherded the deal, was leaving the company. 

Brown Golf adds two courses

Brown Golf,  located in Camp Hill, Penn., continues to grow its portfolio of clubs with the addition of two managed 18-hole facilities. In January, Brown added a signature Jack Nicklaus designed course, Great Bear Golf Club in East Stroudsburg, Penn.  In May, Brown added another facility, Green Mountain National, located in Killington, Vermont.

Brown’s portfolio now includes 27 golf courses that are located in seven states:  Vermont, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, and Florida.   

Bill Yates, pace-of-play guru, passes away

Bill Yates, the golf industry’s best-known 
advocate for speeding up play at
 courses around the world, 
died June 4 at his Pebble Beach,
Calif., home after a short battle 
with pancreatic cancer. 

the “Pace of Play Guru,” Yates 
founded a consulting company, Pace Manager Systems, that helped operators eliminate problems caused by slow play. He was a frequent speaker at industry gatherings, including Golf Inc., offering his extensively researched recommendations for improving the pace of play at courses.


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