Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing has further strengthened its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMA) team with several new additions, key promotions and strategic relocations. To keep pace with its aggressive growth, Troon Golf has strengthened its divisional resources to efficiently manage the expansion and to continue to deliver superior service to its entire portfolio of courses.
Stephen Follet has joined Troon Golf EMA and relocates to Geneva as director of operations. His impressive resume includes 15 years of golf management and operations experience as director of golf at several high profile Marriott resorts. In his most recent role as director of golf operations for Marriott UK, he acquired extensive experience in managing European Tour events including the English Open and British Masters. Stephen will work closely with Bruce Glasco, senior vice president and managing director, EMA, to deliver the renowned Troon Golf customer experience across the portfolio.
Declan McCollam has recently been appointed as director of golf at The Grove, London, England. Declan brings a wealth of experience to what has become one of the finest resorts in Europe. With strong management experience, Declan served in several roles including director of golf at the acclaimed Brookwater Golf Club in Queensland. He joins the team at The Grove following his time as operations manager at the corporate office in Geneva.
Gill Shannon has assumed the sales and marketing manager’s position at The Montgomerie Dubai, rated one of the top golf courses in Dubai. Gill has a solid background in the travel industry and possesses a wide array of skills that will increase The Montgomerie’s already strong success in the Middle East. Gill’s experience also includes time with well-established companies such as Elegant Resorts and ITC Classics.
As a result of Troon Golf’s growing influence in the emerging Russian market, Svetlana Gounkina has been appointed as membership and sales director at Agalarov Estate, Moscow’s first fully integrated private golf community. Svetlana joins the Troon Golf team with a proven pedigree in golf course marketing and operations. Svetlana is fluent in both Russian and English and will be a valued asset in establishing operations and sales in one of Troon Golf’s newest markets.
“Troon Golf has always been committed to employing the very best in the industry,” stated Bruce Glasco. “These new appointments will add strength and depth to the division’s operational expertise as the company continues its aggressive expansion across the globe.”
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, 36 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy; 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.