BCG adds Wyndham Club

Billy Casper Golf has taken over management of The Windham Club in North Windham, Conn., its fifth course in Connecticut. 

BCG will provide marketing and operations consultation services, with a primary focus on marketing strategy, planning and overall revenue management. The arrangement will also include staffing and training services designed to enhance member and guest experiences.

Located approximately 30 miles east of Hartford, The Windham Club features an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, driving range and short-game practice area. 

GolfNow partners with 18Birdies, GolfBook and ChronoGolf

GolfNow and 18Birdies announced a strategic partnership in late May, making GolfNow the preferred tee-time provider for 18Birdies’ mobile golf platform. The partnership will showcase golf courses within GolfNow’s online tee-time marketplace to 18Birdies’ growing user base of more than 950,000 golfers, providing easy access to book tee times at more than 8,000 courses worldwide.

GolfNow is building partnerships across a global industry to strengthen technology offerings to better serve golfers and golf courses. GolfNow also announced partnerships with ChronoGolf and GolfBook. 

OB Sports to manage new course in Scotland

OB Sports Golf Management has added the first property to its portfolio outside of the Americas, with the addition of Dumbarnie Golf Links in Scotland. 

Dumbarnie Golf Links is a five-star links golf course on the eastern coastline of central Scotland that is in the beginning stages of construction. OB Sports will oversee the development, grow-in and operations.

Epirus acquires The Club Company and its 13 courses

Private equity firm Epiris has acquired The Club Company, a 13-course operator in the United Kingdom, and it has plans to add to this portfolio. 

With approximately 40,000 members and 600 permanent staff, The Club Company’s clubs combine a traditional golf environment with a heavy emphasis on health and fitness for families. Five clubs offer accommodations. 

European golfers embracing 9-hole rounds

Competitive nine-hole golf is increasing in popularity in the British Isles and several other countries around the world, according a recent report from the R&A.

“We are encouraged to see that shorter forms of the sport are being embraced by clubs and golfers as a perfectly valid means to play golf in less time, either recreationally or competitively,” said Duncan Weir, executive director of golf development at the R&A. 

The R&A 9 Hole Championship Final will be held July 14.

Pillsbury is new CEO of ClubCorp, Burnett to leave

David Pillsbury is the new chief executive officer of ClubCorp, replacing Eric Affeldt, who announced he would step down in April 2017. 

Affeldt’s departure seemed to pave the way for Apollo Global Management to acquire the then-public company for $2.2 billion in cash and debt in July 2017. That deal closed in September, but the company took its time finding a new CEO. 

New Competition: Best New Amenities

Golf Inc. is seeking entries for a new competition, the 2018 Amenities of the Year.

With so many clubs and golf courses making wide-ranging expansions and upgrades to their non-golf facilities, the Golf Inc. editors decided to replace the magazine’s annual Most Improved Golf Course competition with a more focused competition that will recognize the best new amenities. 

Call for nominations: Leaders in Golf Construction

Golf Inc. magazine is seeking nominations for the Most Influential Leaders in Golf Course Construction for our upcoming Sept./Oct. issue.

The magazine will honor golf’s unsung heroes who bring architects’ works to life by creating new must-play properties, renovating existing ones, or providing the products and services that go into a successful construction.

Leaders of construction companies, as well as those who head firms that build and install key golf course elements — such as bunkers and irrigation systems — will be recognized in this feature story.

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