Geneva, Switz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing has strengthened the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMA) corporate team with several key additions and promotions. As the number of Troon Golf-managed facilities continues to grow, Troon Golf has bolstered the EMA team to efficiently manage the expansion and continue to deliver an effective service to the entire portfolio of courses. Troon Golf EMA is pleased to announce the following additions and promotions to assist in the growth and development of its facilities.
Klaas Boon joins the Troon Golf Middle East office in a promoted role as operations manager. Boon has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, having worked as director of human resources for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts® in a variety of locations. Boon also brings a knowledge and understanding of how to influence the standard of service and hospitality in developing countries, with time spent in places like Azerbaijan. Boon transfers from The Montgomerie Dubai, where he spent four years playing an instrumental role in establishing the operational standards of this world-class facility. In his new position, Boon will focus on delivering the TROON GOLF EXPERIENCESM across the growing Middle East portfolio.
Declan McCollam has returned to Troon Golf as operations manager, Europe, following a stint at some of Australia’s finest golf courses, including director of golf at two Troon Golf-managed and award winning clubs. Brookwater Golf Club in Brisbane, Australia won the Golf Digest “Best New Course” award and The Golf Club Kennedy Bay in Perth, Australia, received the Golf Digest “Best Public Facility” award. Both accolades were awarded during McCollam’s tenure, a further testament to his dedication to all aspects of golf resort and facility operations. After serving three years in the Australian office, his impressive resume credentials along with his wealth of experience will add significant value to the Troon Golf team.
Alison Scott joins Troon Golf EMA as financial controller. Scott brings an impressive financial resume with her, including time working for The Walt Disney Company as assistant manager, finance and senior financial analyst. Her presence will help keep Troon Golf’s impressive expansion under financial prosperity.
Marc Dressler also joins the company as general manager of the Agalarov Estates, Moscow, Russia along with Brad Hines as superintendent. Hines has a wealth of experience at world-class facilities, including the Westin La Cantera Resort, Texas, home of the PGA Valero Texas Open.
Further EMA superintendent appointments include; Michele Costa, who assumes his role at Le Vigne del Barolo and Pietro Binaghi at Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany, Italy. Gary Finnerty replaces Reid Scholes, at Navarino Dunes in Messinia, Greece.
Bruce Glasco, senior vice president & managing director, EMA, Troon golf, is delighted at the extension of the team. “We would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone that has joined and congratulate those promoted into new positions,” Glasco stated. “Troon Golf continues to set the benchmark in the industry and the new appointments will add strength and depth to what is already a great team.”
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 more than 34 courses in 13 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 190 courses located in 32 states and 32 countries. Additionally, 37 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.