Paul Allen-owned course sells for $11.3M

A golf course co-founded and developed 26 years ago by the late Paul Allen was sold over the weekend to a Washington-based company, Sasada Sports International, for $11.3 million. Willows Run Golf Complex was sold by Access Golf, a subsidiary of Vulcan Inc. Vulcan is a holding corporation that managed Allen’s business and charitable interests before he died Oct. 15 of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Jacksonville-area country club abruptly closes

The Orange Park Country Club in northeast Florida unexpectedly closed its golf course, club house and tennis courts the first week of March.

Located in the city of the same name just southwest of Jacksonvile, the private club had some 600 members when it shut its doors, according to a report from Channel 4 News in Jacksonville.

The station reported that the club was bought in April 2018 for $2 million by a James Price. Club members were quoted as saying they believe Price has simply walked away from the course due to the high costs of operating it.

Australia reports growth in rounds played

The Australian Golf Industry Council has issued its 2018 “National Competition Rounds Report,” and found growth of 1.8 percent over 2017.

While the growth in the number of rounds played was good news, those 10.43 million rounds played were played by a fewer number of players – 328,516, a decrease of .65 percent over the previous year.

Other findings in the report are:

Highfives: Make sure your best customers feel valued

Golfers love to play! They want to hit good shots, experience great conditions, and have a whale of a time with friends and family.

Your golf property is so much more than the course, the clubhouse, and maintenance area. Your property is the destination for a grand golf experience. Whether it is 9 holes, 18 holes, or a full day of swings, your golfers arrive with expectations. Each and every one of them want to enjoy something special.

Bay Club hires Troon to operate its three golf clubs

The Bay Club Co. has finalized a deal with Troon to manage three of its private golf clubs in California. 

The Bay Club started as a fitness only club in 1977, but recently added three clubs with golf courses to expand its appeal. The deal with Troon is designed to further that expansion into golf. 

 “Our new partnership with Troon will enhance current member experiences while allowing us to significantly increase the number of golf properties within our portfolio,” said Bay Club President & CEO Matthew Stevens.

Troon partners with HelmsBriscoe, meetings company

Troon, pushing ahead with its expansion into new business areas, has finalized a partnership deal with an international meetings procurement and site selection company. 

HelmsBriscoe, which operates in 55 countries and has more than 1,400 procurement specialists, provides sourcing and venue location services for global meetings. Under the agreement Troon and HelmsBriscoe will work together to provide clients with options for meetings, golf outings and events in non-traditional meeting venue locations. 

Both companies have corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Management updates: Hampton, Cypress, BCG

• Laurel Oak Country Club in Sarasota, Fla. named Hampton Golf to manage its 36 holes of golf  — the Gary Player-designed Player Course and the Rees Jones-designed Jones Course. It also has a 45,000-sq. ft. clubhouse and a tennis clubhouse. The club’s tennis amenity complex features a junior Olympic size pool, 12 Har-Tru tennis courts, and outdoor dining options.

Bonita Bay Club to add short-game practice area as latest investment

Bonita Bay Club is building a short-game practice area as part of its master golf plan. Designed by golf architecture firm Hills-Forrest-Smith, the 2.5-acre area will provide pitching, chipping and bunker practice from various distances and approaches. Construction will begin in April, with a scheduled November completion. 

Bonita Bay Club’s Director of Golf Course Operations Hal Akins will work alongside Hills-Forrest-Smith.

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