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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

Questions, Answers and Insights for Everyone Interested in the Business of Golf

Course Management

The course management side of the golf business continues to grow, with the number of golf courses in the United States working with third-party management companies increasing from 10.6 percent in 2006 to almost 16 percent today. That figure is estimated by some in the industry to surpass 20 percent of all golf facilities by 2020.

There are more than 230 companies with at least two golf facilities under management and 76 percent of those manage less than five facilities. Together, these businesses have in excess of 2,130 properties under management, including 10 companies with 40 or more courses in their portfolio.

In total, 13 management companies claimed a spot in the inaugural NGF GOLF 100.

Accordia Golf

Accordia Golf owns and.or operates more than 160 golf courses and driving ranges in Japan, the world’s No. 2 golf market.

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Arcis Golf

Privately held Arcis Golf is one of the largest owner-operators of golf facilities in the U.S., with a collection of 65 private clubs, resort-style properties and daily fee courses in 14 states from coast to coast.

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Bluegreen Group

Bluegreen is the second-biggest golf facility operator in Europe, with almost 50 courses — all but one of which are in France — while also…

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Century Golf Partners/Arnold Palmer Golf Management

Century Golf is an investment and management company created for the purpose of acquiring and managing equity and non-equity private clubs, resorts, and public golf courses. It currently operates 40 U.S. courses.

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ClubCorp USA

ClubCorp USA in an industry leader in the world of private club management, with 145 private country clubs in its portfolio.

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ClubLink is Canada’s largest owner and operator of high-quality golf courses and resort properties.

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Concert Golf Partners

Concert Golf Partners is a boutique owner-operator of upscale private golf and country clubs nationwide, making significant all-cash investments and upgrades while changing its clubs’ business model to for-profit.

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CourseCo Management Company

As the largest course management and development company in golf-laden Northern California, CourseCo has 35 public access facilities in its portfolio, along with two private clubs.

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GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club introduced the low-cost membership model to the private club market in the Midwest, and has flourished doing so. GreatLIFE today counts more than 50 facilities under management, up from 17 in 2012.

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KemperSports is one of the most prolific management companies in the golf industry, operating more than 120 courses, including 70 that are open to public play.

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Landscapes Unlimited

Landscapes is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the golf course investment, third-party management, and construction and irrigation sectors of the market.

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Marriott Golf

One of the world’s premiere golf operators, Marriott Golf manages 45 courses in 13 countries across six continents.

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Mission Hills

The Mission Hills Group started with the focus of “golf and more,” and helped promote the game to a Chinese population of more than 1…

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Pacific Golf Management

Pacific Golf Management is the leading management company in the world’s second-biggest golf market, owning and operating more than 140 facilities throughout Japan.

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Touchstone Golf

Touchstone Golf is a recognized leader in the golf industry, as it offers comprehensive management services and strategic planning to golf course owners in 11 states.

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Troon is the largest golf management company in the world, providing services at more than 465 locations in 45 states and 33 countries.

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Trump Golf

The organization is one of the most globally recognized brands in luxury golf properties, owning and operating 19 properties around the world.

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French-based UGOLF, owned by the real estate company Groupe Duval, is the largest management company in Europe.

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