Gator-Python Battle Doesn’t Deter Florida Golfers

By | January 16, 2018

Play backed up on the 10th hole at The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek in Naples, Fla. after golfers encountered an alligator and Burmese python locked in a struggle at the edge of a water hazard, with the snake twisted around the gator but the python’s head in the gator’s mouth. The animals stayed that way motionless for four hours as golfers played through after taking pictures. One man traveled from Iowa to play the course after seeing photos of the encounter on another player’s Facebook post. The gator eventually dragged the snake into the water.

Club Benchmarking Acquires Club Capital Planners, Names Butler CEO

By | January 2, 2018

The Boston, Mass.-based provider of business-intelligence tools and services for the club industry will now offer a capital reserve planning service under the banner, “Capital Reserve Studies powered by Club Benchmarking.” The addition of the new division “advances our mission of delivering insight that helps clubs make informed financial decisions,” said Jim Butler, CCM, the former CEO of Grey Oaks CC who became Club Benchmarking’s new Chief Executive Officer in November.

CMAA Announces 30 New CCMs

By | November 28, 2017

Established in 1965, the Certified Club Manager designation is achieved by a club management professional who has completed specified education requirements, attended at least one World Conference on Club Management, maintained activity within their local chapter, and passed the CCM Exam. The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) has announced that 30 club management professionals […]

Eagle Creek GC Reopens Course After Irma Recovery

By | November 27, 2017

The Naples, Fla. property had over 1,500 trees come down after the hurricane hit in September, disrupting completion of the final stages of $2 million in golf course enhancements that were made over a three-year period. Even with the storm’s disruption, however, the club reports that it is still fielding strong interest from prospective property owners, members and renters.

Champions GC Steps Up to Host U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship

By | November 10, 2017

After Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla., was ravaged by Hurricane Irma, the Houston, Texas club stepped in to be the site of the USGA event, which begins November 11. Champions Golf Club sustained 30 inches of rain from Hurricane Harvey in August, but the water subsided quickly. When Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida in […]

Friday Filmfest: Escaped Lizard Captured at TwinEagles Club

By | November 10, 2017

Poseidon, a five-year-old Asian water lizard, escaped his enclosure, which had been damaged by Hurricane Irma, three weeks ago. After being notified by the Naples, Fla., club’s employees of sightings, owner Kevin Hennings captured the reptile using frozen chicken. After escaping his enclosure three weeks ago, Poseidon, the five-year-old Asian water lizard was reunited with his owner, […]