TROON GOLF TO MANAGE THE LINKS HOPE ISLAND GOLF CLUB

Posted on April 03, 2008
Scottsdale, Ariz. - Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce it has been appointed to manage The Links Hope Island Golf Club, one of Australia's flagship golf facilities. Troon Golf will oversee the club's transition to a fully private facility and further raise amenity and service standards.

Positioned on Queensland's northern Gold Coast, The Links Hope Island Golf Club is the centerpiece of the Hope Island Resort - a luxurious integrated residential golf resort. The course features rolling green fairways and was designed by five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson and partner Mike Wolveridge. The layout and design of the course is reminiscent of the great courses of Britain and Ireland in the links-style tradition. Primarily, the course consists of two loops of nine holes - the front nine starts off to the southeast in an anticlockwise direction, while the back nine is played in a south-westerly direction finishing with an interesting challenging two holes bordered by a non-tidal lake.

"The Links Hope Island is one of Australia's flagship golf properties, making it an excellent addition to Troon Golf's growing management portfolio" stated Hud Hinton, president and COO, Troon Golf. "As we work with L2 Capital to transition the club to a fully private facility, we will build on the reputation of The Links Hope Island by utilizing our people and quality standards to deliver a truly world-class golf experience to members and their guests."

The front and back nines are separated by an extensive practice facility, consisting of putting greens, a driving range and a chipping green with bunkers. The driving range is unique in that it takes the concept of a driving lake, complete with target greens and bunkers. This area provides a spectacular view from the clubhouse, which is undergoing a million dollar refurbishment program scheduled to be completed in May. In various positions around the back nine holes of the golf course, chipping and putting courses are also available for residents' use.

"Troon Golf is unquestionably the international leader in prestige golf course management worldwide and we are delighted to have them on board at Hope Island," said John Thomas, executive chairman of L2 Capital, the property's new ownership group. "The benefits for all those associated with Hope Island will be enormous as we move towards the full privatization of the club. Troon Golf's experience, worldwide network and course maintenance, management and marketing systems, will take us to a totally new level."

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf is the world's largest golf management company, overseeing operations at more than 190 courses located in 32 states and 32 countries. Additionally, 35 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Oneida Golf and Country Club, Green Bay, Wis.; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; The Clubs at St. James Plantation, Southport, N.C.; Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Haig Point, Daufuskie Island, S.C.; Playa Mujeres Golf Club, Cancun, Mexico; and The Grove, London, England.
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