Changes in the Desert Wind


Notable shifts in one of the industry’s key markets, Scottsdale, Ariz., reflect how club and resort properties must respond to new trends in golf, recreation and leisure.

Missouri, Ohio Clubs Update Facilities

By | July 25, 2016

GreatLIFE Golf and Fitness bought St. Joseph (Mo.) Country Club in March, and began demolition on June 1 for the first phase of an improvement project that includes a fitness center. Fairlawn Country Club in Akron, Ohio showcased the completion of a new golf practice facility and patio/pavilion during a grand opening on June 3.

Cleveland-Area Clubs Not Seeing Bump from Republican Convention

By | July 20, 2016

The event brought an estimated 50,000 visitors to the Ohio city, and many area clubs and courses took steps in advance to try to attract everyone from delegates to private pilots with special promotions and rates. But so far, most properties report, it’s been a pretty typical summer week.

Christopher Hampton Named New GM/COO at Lakewood CC

By | May 4, 2015

Previously GM of Bayville GC in Virginia Beach, Va. and Assistant GM at Oakmont (Pa. CC), the fourth-generation club manager will return to his native Ohio in time to help the Westlake, Ohio club prepare for a tour event in June.

Club That Was Site of “Champagne” Tony Lema’s Plane Crash Goes Up for Sale

By | January 5, 2015

Members of the 73-year-old Lansing (Ill.) Country Club, where the flamboyant pro golfer and three others were killed in 1966, have decided to seek a buyer, citing declining membership and a dwindling interest in golf. But the club does not expect a sale to go through for a few years, and plans to continue to host weddings and special events for the indefinite future.

Pinehurst President/COO Announces Retirement

By | October 9, 2013

Effective October 1, 2014, Don Padgett II will retire from his post at the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., club, with Tom Pashley, current Executive Vice President, named as his successor. Padgett came to Pinehurst as President in 2004 after a 25-year career with ClubCorp, most recently serving as General Manager of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.