John Brown retires, sells majority interest to sons, CFO

John Brown started Brown Golf Management in 2011 and during the past six years has built it into the 20th largest golf management company in the world with 29 18-hole equivalent courses. But now it will be up to two of the long-time industry execs sons and the CFO to carry on that growth. 

John Brown, who was President and CEO, sold a majority interest of his company to John M. Brown, Chief Operating Officer; Jason Harshbarger, Chief Financial Officer; and Todd Brown, Executive Vice President. The elder Brown will retire. 

The company said in a statment that the remaining owners are eager to continue building the company under the same business plan. 

“Our company has had success growing and procuring key partnerships in our first six and a half years,” said John M. Brown. “We are very proud of the company to date, and we look forward to growing strategically in our current and new markets.”

Brown Golf's portfolio includes properties that it owns, leases and manages in six states, including Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Missouri. Corporate offices are in Bluffton, S.C. and Camp Hill, Penn. It operates 21 golf facilities that include 29 18-hole equivalent courses. 

The company’s most recent purchase was 36 holes at Palmetto Hall Plantation, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Brown Golf also developed a key relationship with Holiday Inn Vacation Club in May 2017 and now manages the golf courses at their resorts including Holiday Hills Resort, Branson, Mo.; Apple Mountain Resort, Clarksville, Ga., and 54 holes of golf at Orange Lake Resort, Kissimmee, Fla.

In addition, Brown Golf is involved in a long-term lease with the club members of Gainesville Country Club in Gainesville, Fla. and recently oversaw the complete reconstruction of the clubhouse restaurant.

Brown Golf is a creative acquisition, leasing, third-party management and consulting company that prides itself on developing creative solutions with its golf partners that provide stability, consistency and expertise for golf club owners, members, guests and employees, it said in a statement.

The new headquarters are located at 106 S St Johns Drive, Camp Hill, PA  17011. 



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