Bonita Bay Club Holds Third “Culinary Boot Camp”

By | July 20, 2018

In conjunction with a local high school, the Naples, Fla. property hosts students for intensive sessions that introduces them to practical kitchen-management skills as well as food-preparation instruction and techniques. The camp culminates with the students helping the club’s staff prepare Bonita Bay’s traditional Friday-night buffet. Participants in previous camps now hold full-time culinary positions […]


Sarasota’s Bobby Jones GC Holds Public Forums

By | June 13, 2018

In a guest opinion column in the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, Golf Course Manager Sue Martin detailed the history of the nearly 100-year-old property, outlined the operating challenges it now faces, and invited “golfers and non-golfers alike” to come to meetings on June 13 and 14 to “continue the community conversation about how to drive Bobby […]


Sanctuary Lake GC Named Billy Casper Golf Facility of the Year

By | June 1, 2018

The Troy, Mich. club took the top property honors in the management firm’s second annual “Buffy Awards.” Nick Rash of Highland Woods Golf Course in Highland Park, Ill. was named General Manager of the Year and Pat Franklin of The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota, Fla. was named Superintendent of the Year. Facility awards also went to Quarry Pines GC in Tucson, Ariz. and Lester Park GC in Duluth, Minn.


Ritz-Carlton Plans Luxury Cruise Line

By | April 20, 2018

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection includes plans for three cruise ships to accommodate “the 1 percent of global travelers,” and is set to begin sailing in 2020. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota (Fla.) has been sold for $171 million, while a nearby 22-acre plot was also sold for $9.7 million and is entitled for residential development. Last year, […]


Costs Add Up for Florida, Illinois Golf Facilities

By | March 14, 2018

Bobby Jones Golf Club in Sarasota, Fla., needs the city’s help covering operating expenses with a $425,000 subsidy, and an early estimate for the next budget is closer to $1 million. The Lake Bluff (Ill.) Golf Club could face closure at the end of 2018 due to past financial losses of nearly $3 million. Keeping […]


Homeowners Debate Purchasing University Park CC

By | February 12, 2018

A private partnership currently owns the 366 acres that include the club and its 27 holes of golf in Sarasota, Fla., but the partners are looking to either sell or develop the land. Homeowners are discussing buying the land, but some believe the price, $16.75 million, is inflated. The land that contains University Park Country […]