Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to recognize Mike Sander, general manager at Fieldstone Golf Club in Greenville, Del. and DJ Flanders, general manager, golf development & operations, TDIC/Troon Golf alliance, based in the United Arab Emirates. Both men were among just 20 industry professionals named as the 2009 “Most Admired Operators” by Golf Inc. in the publication’s May/June issue.

Golf Inc. referred to a common trait of unmatched leadership found among the finalists who represent many different backgrounds and experiences in the golf industry. Each operator, according to Golf Inc., has proven to be a great leader, demonstrating the ability to deliver a quality product with exceptional customer service.

The article recognized Sander’s ability to increase member dues at Fieldstone Golf Club by 17 percent and total revenues by nine percent while increasing member satisfaction in a down economy. Sander’s efforts also earned the club Troon Golf’s 2008 “Facility of the Year” award. Flanders, the recipient of Troon Golf’s 2008 “General Manager of the Year” award was recognized by Golf Inc. as a “rising star in international golf operations.” He also received praise for his success managing Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates, increasing rounds, golf revenues and food & beverage income.

“We have always believed that our general managers are among the brightest and most talented professionals in the golf industry,” stated Hud Hinton, president and COO, Troon Golf. “We congratulate Mike Sander and DJ Flanders for being recognized as the ‘best of the best’ and for always going above and beyond to deliver the Troon Golf Experience.”

The 20 finalists were chosen by a panel of industry experts from a list of nearly 60 nominees submitted by readers, operators, developers and vendors. The panel was made up of industry experts, who included developers, management company officials, consultants and brokers. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon Golf is the world’s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at properties located in 31 states and 26 countries. Additionally, 39 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.; Troon North Golf Club , Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Club at St. James Plantation , Southport, N.C.; Classic Club , Palm Desert, Calif.; Roco Ki , Punta Macao, Dominican Republic; and The Grove , London, England.

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