Innisbrook Resort Re-opens North Golf Course After Greens Renovation

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 Innisbrook Resort Re-opens North Golf Course After Greens Renovation

Restoration of all 18 greens still honors the original design of course architect Larry Packard

 PALM HARBOR, FL., November 3, 2017 – Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort has completed the renovation of the putting surface on all 18 greens on its popular North Course, one of four championship layouts at the Tampa Bay-area resort. The course officially celebrated its re-opening today with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 18th green.

The six-month renovation process began on June 5 using a no-till method of turf replacement, resulting in a firmer, more consistent playing surface.  The greens were planted with TifEagle Bermuda Grass – the same exceptional putting surface the PGA TOUR professionals raved about in this year’s Valspar Championship on Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course.

“The North Course is re-opening with an exceptional putting surface that our guests and members will truly enjoy playing,” said Innisbrook Managing Director Mike Williams. “We never rest on our success as a nationally recognized PGA TOUR venue, and the popularity of the North Course offers yet another championship golf venue that attracts golfers from all over the world.”

The renovation project also included the conditioning of the bunkers, general maintenance and clearing of all storm canals, and some trimming and pruning to reduce shading and create access to the greens as originally designed by Larry Packard. The sizes of the greens were also expanded where shrinkage had occurred over the years, allowing for additional pin placements.

The North Course is one of four championship golf courses at Innisbrook, which is operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel company founded by Sheila Johnson. The North Course is the second Salamander course to re-open in two days. On November 2, the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach re-opened after a 13-month restoration. Both courses are part of the Salamander Golf Collection.

 In addition to championship golf, the resort also features 500 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the luxury Salamander Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

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About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson in 2005, the company has a luxury portfolio featuring two distinct collections. The Signature Collection includes the stunning Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; The Henderson, a 170-room grand beach resort in Destin, FL; NOPSI New Orleans, a new 217-room luxury historic hotel re-imagined which opened in July 2017; and Hotel Bennett, a 179-room luxury hotel in Charleston, SC, opening in summer 2018. The Golf Collection includes the famed Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts an annual PGA TOUR on its Copperhead Course; the elegant Reunion Resort in Orlando, which includes Signature Course designs from Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson; and the recently renovated oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL, home to layouts by Nicklaus and Watson. All Salamander properties are members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For additional information, visit


LPGA International’s Acclaimed Jones Course Completes Greens Renovation Project


LPGA International’s Acclaimed Jones Course Completes Greens Renovation Project

Former Host of LPGA Season-Ending Championship Installed New TifEagle Putting Surfaces

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — LPGA International’s acclaimed Jones Course reopened on schedule Wednesday, September 27 following a summer greens renovation project, welcoming golfers back with pristine conditions and smooth, fast putting surfaces.

After extensive research, LPGA International installed TifEagle Bermuda, one of the newer strains of ultradwarf grass that will ensure golfers enjoy a premium putting surface throughout the year. The greens were also restored to their original size.

“The renovation went perfectly, and we can’t wait to welcome golfers back this fall,” said Michael Glenn, LPGA International’s general manager. “Players will find the greens are smooth and fast, and the course, from tee to green, is in superb condition.”

The Jones Course hosted the LPGA’s Sprint Titleholders Championship from 1996 through 1998, and World Golf Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb was one of the winners. The layout will host the final stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, and the Symetra Tour Championship Oct. 5-8.

A links style design, the Jones Course has five sets of tees that stretch from 5,131 yards to 7,088 yards, providing the appropriate level of challenge for players of all skill levels. Strategic mounding, expansive bunkers, natural marsh areas and lakes provide unforgettable visuals and have helped make the course one of Florida’s best.

LPGA International is also home to the highly touted Hills Course, and helps anchor the Daytona Beach golf scene. Daytona Beach is home to more than 20 courses and is an easy drive from multiple PGA Tour stops, making it an ideal destination for golfers in search of good times on and off the course.

With multiple package options, which allow groups the opportunity to bundle golf and accommodations, and the lure of the World’s Most Famous Beach, Daytona Beach is a fast-emerging golf destination.

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St. Michael’s, Md. (Aug. 15, 2017) – The Links at Perry Cabin debuts Spring 2018 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay. Created by renowned architect Pete Dye, the Links is an exciting, exhilarating 18-hole layout that plays through trees and over significant elevation changes.

“This golf course is exciting because it incorporates all of the Pete Dye mysterious things that he does,” commented Alice Dye, Pete’s wife and long-time design collaborator. “As you go along, it builds up and you see a little Pete Dye here and a few more Pete Dye elements there, and then you get to the 16th hole and the final three holes are so exciting.”

The Dyes describe The Links at Perry Cabin as a family “mulligan” because Pete worked on a course at the same site back in the 1960s with his late brother Roy Andy Dye before the developer went bankrupt. The new course—a total rebuild designed by Pete Dye with additional input from Alice and their son, P.B. Dye—is now part of the most luxurious resort in this part of the country.

It is also one of the most exclusive, being available only to club members and guests of the Inn at Perry Cabin.

“Several holes have a links-style feeling with continuous movement and some mounding that almost looks like natural sand dunes,” explained P.B. “The 7th has the same philosophy as the 9th hole at Yale, a famous ‘Biarritz’ hole with a big saddle in the middle of the green. It’s definitely not a hole that you see on the Eastern Shore, so it’s going to stand out.”

P.B. continued, “At the turn, you enter into an almost parkland-type course, holes 10 to 15 are in the woods with majestic old trees. You feel as if the course has been there for years. Then the last three holes—what we call the ‘Good Night Kiss’—golfers are going to remember, with a short par 4, a replica of the island green from TPC Sawgrass, and the 18th will be one of the most majestic finishing holes in golf.”

Golf memberships are being sold, with playing and lodging privileges built into a limited number of founder memberships.

St. Michael’s, Maryland, is located about 60 miles from Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and 90 miles from Washington, D.C. The area is easily accessible from Philadelphia (2.5 hours) and New York City (4 hours). Easton Municipal Airport, 20 minutes away, accommodates private aircraft.

For additional information, access the web site at, call 410-745-2300, or email Membership Director Ty Krause at

“Golf with a Twist” Revitalizes Hunt Valley CC Near Baltimore


Hunt Valley Country Club,—an Arcis Golf property in the scenic Maryland countryside—has opened an innovative, three-in-one golf course designed to appeal to golfers, non-golfers, families, and anyone else with an imaginative new concept perfect for celebrations, events, and sporting activities of many kinds.

The newly renovated course, named “The Ridge 9,” offers nine holes of traditional golf along with 18 holes of two other games played on a golf course: Disc golf and Footgolf.  This three-in-one combination creates a family-friendly environment that make Hunt Valley much more than simply another golf club.

“This is the only place on the East Coast where you will find a country club with a championship golf course plus Disc and Footgolf courses,” said Jon Vodehnal, general manager of Hunt Valley Country Club. “The upgrades to The Valley, our 18-hole championship layout, have enhanced shot values and improved playability. On The Ridge 9 we’re offering fun experiences the whole family can enjoy, no matter how they like to play.”

The changes to The Ridge 9—now promoting a variety of “swing, sling, and kick” sports options—is part of a $2.5-million revitalization of the entire Hunt Valley CC.

“We can create all sorts of activities for our members,” Vodehnal said. “That could be anything from a tee shot accuracy contest or a dart game station, speed golf, and just about anything you can think of that applies to golfers, Disc golfer, and Footgolfers alike.”

The Ridge 9 also allows Hunt Valley County Club the ability to host different types of events, from kid’s birthday parties that are outdoors, active, and economical, to corporate outings and team building exercises.  Hunt Valley’s on-site experts are experienced in organizing charitable golf tournaments and with The Ridge 9’s flexibility, the staff can assist planners in creating a new, exciting twist on traditional events. The club will also be offering Disc golf leagues for those seeking some fun as part of a group.

Located 22 miles north of downtown Baltimore in a family-centric community once known for historic horse farms, Hunt Valley Country Club remains the region’s premier golf experience. The club’s 18-hole layout –The Valley—was redesigned in 2016 by Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design. Additionally, a new practice range features two elevated tiers with both grass and artificial turf hitting surfaces. The range also was extended to accommodate a full array of clubs, benefitting golfers warming up and practicing as well as the club’s staff of PGA golf professionals and their students.

The enhancements made to Hunt Valley Country Club are part of Arcis Golf’s commitment to allocating millions of dollars in major capital improvements to its portfolio of 68 public and private facilities nationwide, an indication of the dynamic direction the Dallas-based company is taking in the golf industry.

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About Arcis Golf

Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties tailor each element of the golf and country club experience to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Established in March 2013, Arcis Golf encompasses exclusive private club and destination resort properties, as well as private and daily-fee golf operations. The Arcis Golf portfolio is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLCthrough strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position in upscale golf and club experiences.


Medinah Country Club Dedicates “Golf For Life” Program

Medinah Country Club Dedicates “Golf For Life” Program
Seven tees, dedicated instruction, and special events make golf more fun for everyone

Medinah, Ill. (April 18, 2017) – When Medinah Country Club’s No. 2 Course reopens in June, it will not only show off a modernized look but feature a unique set-up specially designed to complement a system of encouragement and instruction meant to motivate golfers of all levels to hone their skills, play more rounds, and have more fun.

Called “Golf For Life,” the system gives golfers—from scratch players to virtual newbies—specific targets to work toward while allowing them to improve within the confines of their abilities. Key to the program is the modification of Medinah’s historic No. 2 Course to allow for placement of seven tee boxes on each hole, along with the introduction of special events with new and exciting formats to be tested.

Golf For Life, developed by Medinah Country Club’s director of golf Marty DeAngelo, is an adaptable program with many benefits. Each member meets with the golf professional staff for a game evaluation and then begins a structured system for improvement.

DeAngelo said the golf staff and teaching professionals will review all their students and assign each one of the seven tee boxes as a place to begin. “As students work on their games, recommendations for improvement to the next sets of tees will occur,” DeAngelo said.

Course No. 2 at Medinah Country Club, one of America’s most iconic golf venues, reopens in June following a year-long restoration program that keeps the layout relevant to the game as it is played today.

Without changing the routing or topography, the total area of fairways and approaches on Course No. 2 has increased by more than 50 percent, from 21 to 34 acres. Some of the widened corridors now connect on adjacent holes—a unique feature on modern courses but not uncommon during golf architecture’s “Golden Age” nearly 100 years ago.

Medinah’s other two championship venues – Course No. 1 and Course No. 3 – were previously modernized and updated significantly through the years, with the latest work on Course No. 2 furthering the ongoing improvement of the club’s infrastructure. For the past decade, Medinah Country Club has allocated a major investment to the modernization of its greens, tees, fairways, and bunkers, as well as enhancing draining and storage capabilities and the overall growing environment.

Medinah Country Club Course No. 2 Renovation To Be Revealed In June

Medinah Country Club Course No. 2 Renovation To Be Revealed In June
Medinah Country Club Course No. 2 Renovation To Be Revealed In June

Medinah Country Club Course No. 2 Renovation To Be Revealed In June
Classic 1925 course restored to original look and strategy; fitted with seven tee boxes to suit every level of golfer

Medinah, Ill. (March 7, 2017) – One of America’s most iconic golf venues, Medinah Country Club, will unveil its venerable Course No. 2 early this summer following a year-long restoration program. The most significant features of Course No. 2 now can remain relevant to the game as it is played today.

Host of four U.S. Open Championships, two PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup Matches during its 93-year history, Medinah Country Club has embraced its rich history with the redesign of Course No. 2. The renovation also addresses the future of the game by tailoring seven tees on each hole to accommodate any skill level in Medinah’s passionate golfing community. The club’s “Golf Fore Life” program will place the club at the forefront in golf-development programs for players of all levels while expanding the club’s already significant junior golf initiatives.

Under the supervision of Medinah Director of Golf Course Operations Curtis Tyrrell, CGCS, MG – working with golf course architect Rees Jones and his associate Steve Weisser – most of the renovation focused on green complexes and bunkers, relying on aerial photographs from 1938 to replicate their original sizes, shapes, and locations.

Their primary focus of the Course No. 2 project was to restore it – as applicable to the modern game – to the original Tom Bendelow design that debuted 1925. While there is no major routing change or notable manipulation of topography, the total area of fairways and approaches on Course No. 2 has increased by more than 50 percent, from 21 to 34 acres. Some of the widened corridors are now connecting on adjacent holes – a unique feature for the modern game, but not uncommon during golf architecture’s “Golden Age” nearly 100 years ago.

With the 80-year-old photographs as their ultimate guide – the restoration team removed some bunkers and bunker complexes, while others have been reintroduced. Green complexes are all restored to feature Bendelow’s original contouring, again accentuating generally longer, deeper, taller and more pronounced putting surfaces.

Medinah Country Club’s restored Course No. 2 is to be officially christened in June.

Medinah’s other two championship venues – Course No. 1 and Course No. 3, also originally designed by Bendelow – were previously modernized and updated significantly through the years, with the latest work on Course No. 2 furthering the ongoing improvement of the club’s infrastructure.

For the past decade, Medinah Country Club has allocated a major investment to the modernization of its greens, tees, fairways, and bunkers, as well as enhancing draining and storage capabilities and the overall growing environment.

  • Greens on all three courses were rebuilt to USGA specifications, and are equipped for sub-surface vacuuming and gas-exchange capabilit
  • Tees were rebuilt on a sand mix that allows for internal drainage
  • Fairways were rototilled, graded, and reseeded.
  • Bunkers were installed with subsurface draining, erosion liners, and all feature the use the same sand
  • Greens, tees, and fairways were replanted with the same Creeping bentgrass; the rough with Kentucky Bluegrass.

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Thistle Golf Club Ranked 14th Best Course in U.S. By

Thistle Golf Club Ranked 14th Best Course in U.S. By

Golf Channel’s Travel Portal Ranked Courses Based on 10,000+ Reviews

Sunset Beach, N.C. – Using more than 10,000 user-submitted reviews, Golf Advisor compiled its list of the Top 50 Courses in the United States in 2016, and Thistle Golf Club, one of the Myrtle Beach area’s best layouts, was ranked 14th.
“We work every day to make Thistle a premier golf experience,” said Jamie Roderick, the course’s general manager. “The greatest endorsement you can receive comes from the players who play your course, which is what makes this ranking so gratifying for our entire team. We are thrilled with the honor and will work tirelessly to exceed the expectations of golfers in 2017.”

Golf Advisor is the travel portal for Golf Channel, the game’s leading media outlet.

A 27-hole facility, Thistle is a 4.5-star layout, according to Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play guide. The Tim Cate design is home to three distinct nines – the Cameron, MacKay and Stewart – and greens that are among the smoothest and fastest in the region.

The 15,600-square-foot clubhouse is home to memorabilia from the original Thistle, a nod to the facility’s heritage, that is on display in the clubhouse and it sets the tone for a day that features the best of the game’s past and present. On spring weekends, Thistle even brings in a bagpiper to fill the air with the instrument’s melodic sounds as golfers prepare to play.
The three nines at Thistle each offer a different, yet equally rewarding experience. The Cameron is the most open of the three nines, encouraging players to swing away with the driver but with just enough water to keep them from getting to comfortable. The MacKay nine is a more traditional, Carolina pine tree-lined layout, highlighted by the 526-yard (from the white tees) seventh hole. The Stewart has a true, links feel with rolling fairways framed by mounding and stacked sod bunkers surrounding the greens.

Located just across state line in Sunset Beach, N.C., Thistle is just minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach.
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Presidio Golf & Concordia Club’s Major Renovations Usher in Post-merger Era

Presidio Golf & Concordia Club’s Major Renovations Usher in Post-merger Era

(San Francisco, CA) January 11, 2017 – Presidio Golf & Concordia Club is pleased to announce the commencement of major renovations following the historic merger of two of the area’s most venerable clubs—the Presidio Golf Club and the Concordia-Argonaut Club. The $8.5 million dollar renovation will expand on the historic clubs’ exclusive attractions and social atmosphere and will establish modern amenities on its storied grounds adjacent to the Presidio of San Francisco in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area.

“It’s a social club with a rich golfing tradition,” says Co-President Patricia Rosenberg. “These exciting new improvements will foster a welcoming environment for members and their families, and our renovations will provide facilities and events to preserve our standing as one of California’s premier clubs.”

The renovation will bring a new fitness facility, complete with a spinning studio, state-of-the-art workout equipment and modern spa-like locker rooms that offer luxuries such as sports massages and yoga alongside a sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi. The club’s common areas will be completely redecorated and refurnished all while maintaining the building’s architectural integrity and renowned design. These changes, along with updates to the meeting and event areas, will offer refreshed, modern spaces amidst the traditional atmosphere of the rest of the club.

“It’s vital that we respect and preserve the rich history of both clubs while we work diligently to create a refreshing atmosphere for dining, social gatherings, and luxury while remaining true to our roots as a golfing institution,” says Co-President Scott Thomason. The Presidio Golf Club was founded in 1895 as the San Francisco Golf Club after the US Army gave a group of civilians permission to build a nine-hole golf course on the grounds. It was one of the earliest courses on the West Coast, and its original Tudor-style clubhouse—built in 1898—still stands today.

The Concordia-Argonaut Club was founded—as the Concordia Club—by Levi Strauss and a group of his San Francisco friends in 1864. One of the premier private clubs in the United States, it was one of the first clubs for Jewish members in San Francisco. Both clubs overwhelmingly agreed to merge effective 2016 as Presidio Golf & Concordia Club.

The club continues to enjoy and honor the traditions of memberships for both clubs, and it offers both golf and social memberships. Located in the Presidio, one of the most majestic locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and the city itself, the Presidio Golf & Concordia Club offers unlimited golf on the 18-hole course amidst grounds and facilities that are steeped in history. Nearing completion of its state-of-the-art amenities, it remains at the forefront of club choices for San Francisco’s social and business communities.

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2017) — Broken Sound Club (BSC) in Boca Raton, Fla., a 5-Star Platinum Club of America, has been chosen as the Overall and National Private recipient of the 2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA), which are presented annually by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird’s Golf Division. The private, gated golf and country club community that is home to the PGA Champions Tour’s season opener – the Allianz Championship for 10 consecutive years – ranks as the only Florida or Southeastern U.S.-based ELGA winner at the national or international leader level.

The Club, its two Audubon Sanctuary and GEO Certified golf courses and Golf Course Maintenance Director and Environmental Consultant Shannon Easter will be recognized Feb. 7 during the Opening Session at the 2017 Golf Industry Show and featured in upcoming issues of Golf Digest and GCSAA’s magazine Golf Course Management. Awardees are selected by an independent panel of judges representing national environmental groups, turfgrass experts, university researchers and valued members of the golf industry to recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices. Such practices include areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication and outreach and leadership. In addition to the national winners, 19 chapter and nine merit winners were chosen from GCSAA’s 98 affiliated chapters.

“The ELGA winners are not only stewards for the environment, but excellent examples of the focus our industry keeps on sustainable efforts,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. “They are on the frontline of how superintendents are making great playing conditions and environmental management practices work in tandem.”

According to GCSAA, BSC’s sustainability mission and efforts through the on-course stewardship of its Maintenance Director and Environmental Consultant Shannon Easter have led to using no chemical inputs for the past three years over the 36-hole facilities — the BSC’s Club Course and The Old Course — while leading the Club’s efforts to create a welcome habitat for native wildlife, including several endangered species.

“This great honor recognizes the high standard our board leadership, membership and golf course maintenance team set for ourselves every single day ‘on and off’ our golf courses,” notes BSC GM and COO John Crean, CCE. “Our sustainability mandate combined with hospitality is the Club DNA that drives us, encouraging other communities, clubs and courses to follow suit.”

BSC began its sustainability efforts on the greens with reclaiming water and adding birdhouses, a butterfly garden and true native areas. Looking internally at club operations, BSC moved to paperless accounting, cardboard and paper recycling and installing of water reduction toilets, shower heads, motion sensor lighting systems with LED fixtures and bulbs and replacing Styrofoam cups with biodegradable products made of corn starch before its large investment in on-site composting. Most recently, BSC became the first club community to install a Tesla charging station and employ a beekeeper to install/maintain 22 beehives on its golf courses where one million bees produce 1,000 lbs. of pure honey per year for members.

The Club’s 2013 transformational design and build of its Moonstone Spa and Fitness Center earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). BSC has received honors from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for its impressive 95% recycling rate that is consistently three times the statewide recycling rate for the commercial sector and was a Green Corporate Citizen award finalist at the department’s 2012 Corporate Recycling and Waste Conference. The Club was the second golf facility in the U.S. and 14th in the world to be GEO Certified, the sustainability assurance of the Golf Environment Organization, an international non-profit dedicated to supporting sustainability in the sport of golf.

“Having created the first industrial composting project in Florida, BSC continues to ‘naturally’ save lives and dollars while improving the quality of life and healthfulness of those who live, work and play within its community,” noted Shannon Easter about BSC that holds a “Healthiest Club Designation’ from Prevo Health Solutions. “We save countless birds and other wildlife on our golf courses, while responsibly reducing landfill disposal and minimizing the adverse effects fertilizer and other chemicals have on golfers and residents.”

Broken Sound Club is located at 2401 Willow Springs Drive, Boca Raton, FL. For Club membership, contact Membership Director Maureen Schreiber at (561) 241-6800 or visit

About Broken Sound Club:

Whatever one’s passion or interest…their active enviable home life, business life, sporting life, and social life complement each other perfectly at BSC. Known as the “friendly” club for its signature blend of warmth, elegance and genuine hospitality, this award-winning private gated golf and country club community offers a choice of 27 lushly landscaped intimate residential villages, each with its own character. All are just minutes away from its main clubhouse with indoor/outdoor dining, two signature Audubon Sanctuary and GEO Certified golf courses, a two-acre $6 million poolscape with bistro, a $7 million 35,000-square-foot spa and fitness center and 23 tennis courts. Close to two international airports and private Boca Raton Executive Airport, BSC is a few miles from pristine beaches, Boca’s burgeoning Class A office parks, a vibrant Downtown, A-rated public and award-winning private schools, two universities, FAU Stadium, world-class shopping, dining, culture, sports, recreation and nightlife.

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About GCSAA and the EIFG:

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at or find us on Facebook or Twitter. The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Renaissance Club Celebrates 10 years with Plan to Become Member Owned and Governed

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Renaissance Club Celebrates 10 years with Plan to Become Member Owned and Governed

Dirleton, Scotland – The Renaissance Club announced today the closing of a transaction that paves the way for The Club to become member owned and governed. A small group of major member stakeholders increased their investment in order to retire the 1/3 ownership interest of Archerfield Estates Limited (AEL), an entity which will remain supportive of the club as its landlord. This 1/3 ownership interest is being offered to members only and a Board of Directors representative of the membership is being incorporated into The Club’s structure. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

“This is an exciting time for The Renaissance Club as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary of the partnership and the Club. We believe this change of ownership structure allowing our members to become equity participants in the partnership will set the Club on a long term path to create a world class golf club” commented Jerry Sarvadi, the Club’s founder and CEO. Invest Archerfield LLC, a US based Limited Liability Company also founded by Sarvadi and his 5 brothers will continue its ownership participation and support. “The Sarvadi family commitment to this club has been and will remain far more than just an investment but rather a testimony of our dedication to the great game of golf and our love for the home of golf, East Lothian Scotland. We are very thankful for the ten year partnership with AEL which formed and established the Renaissance Club through some difficult economic times” stated Paul Sarvadi.

“We have agreed to extend the original lease with the Renaissance Club, back to the original 99 year time period, 10 years into the partnership,” Elly Douglas Hamilton, Chairman AEL Ltd commented. “This is a new beginning for the club & we look forward to supporting them”. 

Nestled in the heart of Scotland’s Golf Coast, The Renaissance Club’s beautifully manicured greens and fairways have played host to elite golfers from all over the world, as well as a steady stream of dedicated golfers each of whom has a special passion for the sport. The course is everything at The Renaissance Club. Designed by world renowned golf course architect Tom Doak, The Renaissance Club is recognised as a modern masterpiece of golf course design that many aficionados and golf media insiders consider the future of links golf and a worthy descendant of its illustrious neighbours, Muirfield & North Berwick West Links. With a recently acquired triangular piece of land which Doak fashioned into three new holes and the club’s recently completed three-storey clubhouse with accommodation the showpiece is finally complete creating a tournament quality venue and world class golfing experience which is attracting worldwide attention.

Doak has harnessed the rugged elegance of East Lothian’s sweeping dunes and tall pines into a truly phenomenal golfing challenge, perfectly suited to host any professional tournament and is a challenging test from start to finish. The exceptional facilities of the club include a magnificent practise area, children’s golfing camps, regular ladies’ mornings and one on one lesson options. Some of the world’s finest golfers including Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker and Vijay Singh have walked away from the course mesmerised. The same dedication to quality and excellence is reflected in the facilities at the clubhouse which was completed in June 2013. Members’ lodging and dining options at the club are simply sublime. Magnificent cuisine is prepared by chefs trained in Michelin-starred restaurants, while the accommodation delivers everything a member could possibly require, whether they need to conduct business or unwind in the epitome of luxury and refinement. Complete with spa, gymnasium and treatment areas, perfectly appointed locker rooms, beautiful bar, a fabulous dining experience and 24 luxurious lodging rooms, members are presented with a golfing experience guaranteed to last a lifetime.

The Renaissance Club continues to build upon its excellent relationship with The R&A, who announced last week, that the club is one of the four new Final Qualifying Venues for The 147th Open in 2018, alongside Notts (Hollinwell) in Nottinghamshire, Prince’s Golf Club in Kent and St Annes Old Links in Lancashire.

The Renaissance Club also looks forward to co-hosting its first championship this year welcoming the world’s leading boy golfers, for the Boys Amateur Championship in August 2016, alongside neighbouring venue, Muirfield.

For further information about Membership, please contact Stephen Walker or Jordan Whyte on 01620 850 901 or email