Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that it has appointed Jim McLaughlin Vice President, Operations, based out of the company’s corporate headquarters. McLaughlin, a close to 30-year veteran in the industry, began his career as an assistant professional at the prestigious Shaughnessy Golf Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. With his father, the club’s esteemed head professional serving as his mentor; this “apprenticeship” gave him a solid foundation upon which to build a highly successful career in the golf industry.
He began his work with Intrawest Golf in 1998 as an outside consultant, heading up McLaughlin Golf, Inc, a golf industry consultancy business. In 2004 he was named senior vice president, directly responsible for day-to-day operations within the company’s 34-course North American portfolio. Prior to his work with Intrawest, McLaughlin served as vice president at Wesbild Holding Ltd., managing the development of Westwood Plateau, a residential community consisting of 4,500 luxury homes, an 18-hole golf course, academy and award-winning clubhouse.
“We are very excited to have Jim join the operations team at Troon Golf,” stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president, operation, Troon Golf. “He is very well respected within the golf industry and comes to us with a vast knowledge of golf operations – allowing him to make an immediate positive impact on our business.”
In addition to Shaughnessey Golf Club, McLaughlin held professional positions at East Sussex National Golf Club in East Sussex, England, University Golf Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Henderson Lake Golf Club in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf is the world’s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at more than 185 courses located in 29 states and 22 countries. Additionally, 34 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include The Peninsula Golf & Country Club, Millsboro, Del.; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; The Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Lake of Isles, North Stonington, Conn.; The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Castle Rock, Colo.; Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Algarve, Portugal; Palmilla Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico; and The Grove, London, England.