Scottsdale, Ariz. (June 14, 2016) – Troon®, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing is proud to announce that Alex Nakajima has been named as the new general manager at Kapalua Golf located on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course is considered by Golfweek magazine as the number one Course You Can Play in Hawaii, while the Bay Course at Kapalua ranks number 11.
Nakajima moves to Kapalua from Princeville Makai Golf Club at the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai where he served as general manager since 2009. In addition to his GM role at Makai, Nakajima simultaneously worked as the regional director of Hawaii operations for Troon. Among Nakajima’s many professional accolades, in 2015 he was named “General Manager of the Year for Troon Golf” as he was recognized for owner satisfaction, topline revenue growth and innovative ideas at Makai. Prior to his time at Princeville Makai, Nakajima was the director of golf asset management for Goldman Sachs Realty in Japan managing $1.2 billion in golf investments. He is a 23-year veteran of the golf industry having worked in a variety of key roles, including head golf professional and golf operations manager, in both Japan and Hawaii.
Nakajima replaces Mike Jones, who spent the last eight-plus years as general manager of Kapalua Golf. Jones is pursuing new career opportunities in southwestern Pennsylvania.
“We’re excited to welcome Alex to Kapalua,” said Mike Ryan, division president, Troon Golf. “His work at Princeville Makai Golf Club was remarkable and earned him General Manager of the Year honors over more than 250 Troon property managers. He is an innovative thinker and places guests’ needs and satisfaction above all else. Mike Jones will be missed at Kapalua, but Alex is an excellent choice to fill his shoes.”