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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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NGF TOP 100 BUSINESSES IN GOLF

ClubLink

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Corporate Headquarters

King City, Ontario

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ClubLink is the largest owner and operator of high-quality golf courses and resort properties in Canada, the third-biggest golf market in the world.

Operating under the slogan, “One Membership, More Golf,” ClubLink has more than 50 championship courses at 41 locations throughout Ontario and Quebec, and extending down into Florida.

The company’s clubs are tiered into four levels: Prestige, Platinum, Gold and Silver. A club’s level is determined by several factors, primarily the quality of the golf and clubhouse experience relative to ClubLink’s other properties.

Among ClubLink’s Prestige level clubs is Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario, a Jack Nicklaus design that’s hosted the PGA TOUR’s RBC Open — Canada’s National Open Championship — 28 times. The facility is also home to the Academies of ClubLink, the headquarters of Golf Canada, the Canadian Golf Museum and Hall of Fame, and the TaylorMade Performance Lab.

ClubLink’s roots date to 1989, when entrepreneur Bruce Simmonds and his family bought its first facility, Cherry Downs Golf Club, and drew up a business plan that would become the blueprint for the company. It became a public company in 1993 and introduced the concept of reciprocal play after buying a handful of other local courses, among them Greystone Golf Club in 1995.

Through the years, ClubLink continued to acquire member golf courses around the greater Toronto area, then expanded into the Ottawa area, the Muskoka region of Ontario and eventually the Quebec and Montreal markets. ClubLink made its move to the U.S. in 2010 by purchasing nine clubs in Florida and has since continued its growth.

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