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, top-line revenue growth and innovative ideas at Makai. Prior to his time at Makai Golf Club, 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.”
About Kapalua Golf
Kapalua Golf, managed by Troon, features 36-holes of award-winning golf and the Kapalua Golf Academy – a Golf Magazine Top 25 Golf School. Kapalua’s Plantation Course, is also ranked No. 19 on “America’s Top 100 Public Courses” list by Golf Digest. The Bay Course has long been dubbed as “Hawaii’s favorite resort course” and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. Its breathtaking par three fifth hole is the only hole to play over the ocean on Maui. Kapalua Golf Academy is Hawaii’s most comprehensive learning center and practice facility, offering individual lessons, golf schools, video analysis, custom club fitting, group lessons and on-course playing lessons. For additional information, visit www.GolfAtKapalua.com or call 1-877-KAPALUA.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 250 golf courses in its portfolio. Also specializing in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues, the company oversees operations at Troon Golf®, Honours Golf and Troon Privé properties located in 38 states and 31 countries Additionally, there are 56 Troon affiliated properties featuring 75 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Princeville Makai Golf Club, Kauai, Hawaii; Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England; The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson, Ariz.; The Bay Club, Berlin, Md.; Prince’s Golf Club, Sandwich, England; and CostaBaja Golf Club, in La Paz, Mexico.