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.
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.
The honor from the National Golf Course Owners Association was bestowed in recognition of the Georgia property’s “long reputation of excellence.”
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.
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.
It took Joey Hines 30 years to play 49 courses in 17 states, and become what is believed to be the only golfer to have completed the unique circuit. Now he seeks to play all courses that have hosted a major.