Geneva, Switz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing has further strengthened the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMA) operations team with several strategic promotions and key relocations. To keep pace with its aggressive growth, Troon Golf has bolstered its team to efficiently manage the expansion and to continue to deliver an effective service to its entire portfolio of courses.
After 18 months as general manager of Abu Dhabi Golf Club, DJ Flanders assumes an expanded role as owners representative. DJ will now be responsible for leading a new unified alliance with Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s owning company, TDIC and Troon Golf. TDIC has a visionary golf development program in place over the next five years, including two courses at Sadiyaat Island, which Flanders will oversee.
Ian Gardner joins Troon Golf as a recognised leader with a wealth of experience in the golf industry. Ian assumes the role of general manager at the award-winning Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Following three years at Porter Valley Country Club, Ian was an instrumental force in growing the business year-on-year. He was also a key contributor in elevating Porter Valley to the status of “Gold Circle of Excellence,” a distinction only 24 clubs receive.
Marcus Hartup has also been promoted to director of agronomy within the Troon Golf/ TDIC alliance. With his solid facility experience, he will assume the role of technical consultant on all future golf course developments and will oversee agronomical aspects of all operating facilities within the alliance.
Andrew Whittaker also joins Abu Dhabi Golf Club as golf course superintendent, relocating from The Grove, which is managed by Troon Golf in London. Prior to his role as head greens keeper at The Grove, Andrew served as first assistant at the K Club, Dublin. Andrew will continue to develop the courses agronomy program to maintain its position as one of the finest conditioned courses in the Middle East.
Ken Kosak is returning to Dubai to launch the impressive Earth, Wind and Fire Courses at Jumeriah Golf Estates. Scheduled to open in September 2009, the Greg Norman designed Earth course will host the inaugural Race to Dubai final. Ken most recently served as general manager at Pearl Valley Golf Estates in South Africa and is familiar with the Dubai market from his time serving as general manager at the award-winning Montgomerie Dubai.
Jack Hrad assumes the role as general manager of Pearl Valley Golf Estates after serving at some of Troon Golf’s finest facilities including Savannah Harbor, home to the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Senior PGA Tour event and St. James Plantation, the company’s largest single facility in the U.S. Jack also has a well respected international background in the industry. His time in Asia and the Far East will undoubtedly help him excel in his new position at the prestigious host venue of the South African Open.
Joining Jack Hrad at Pearl Valley will be Ray Snyders, previously from The Grove. Ray will return to his native South Africa as experience manager, responsible for delivering the Troon Golf Experience at Pearl Valley.
Scott Christenson, an eight-year Troon Golf veteran, is relocating to Portugal as director of golf at Amendoeira Golf Resort. With experience from some of golf’s finest resorts, Scott is now charged with the day-to-day responsibilities of Portugal’s newest resort. Scheduled to open in September 2008, Amendoeira has two championship golf courses, a Faldo design and a Christy O’Connor Jr. design. Situated 15 minutes from the Vilamoura resorts, Amendoiera looks set to become one of the top European golf resorts.
As the Oceanico Golf portfolio further expands, Jon Schauder has been promoted to general manager, Oceanico Golf and will oversee operations at both Vilamoura Golf Club, home to the Portugal Masters, and Amendoeira Golf Resort.
Marc Dressler assumes the position of general manager at Agalarov Estate located outside Moscow, Russia. With more than 20 years industry experience, Dessler has successfully opened and managed several prestigious clubs in the Far East, China and Australia. His extensive experience will further strengthen Troon Golf’s operational expertise in this developing region.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Troon Golf EMA is committed to developing Troon Golf’s presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This rapidly expanding division now oversees operations at 38 courses in 12 countries including Dubai, Portugal, Spain and England with further expansion planned across all regions.
With global headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon Golf is the world’s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at more than 200 courses located in 31 states and 31 countries. Additionally, 35 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif; Brookwater Golf Club, Queensland, Australia; Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Algarve, Portugal; Palmilla Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico; and The Grove, London, England.