Club Car has agreed a long-term extension with St Andrews Links Trust. St Andrews Links, recognised around the world as the ‘Home of Golf’ and one of the most distinguished golf complexes in the world, has received 48 new Club Cars for the operation of its seven public courses, which includes the world-famous Old Course, a 29-time Open Championship venue.
Club Car is set to expand its influence in the Middle East after agreeing a new deal with distribution partner Luxury Carts, and from today, Club Car’s diverse range of high-quality, reliable vehicles will be supplied by Luxury Carts, a pioneer in Saudi Arabia and the UAE with a strong client base and an outstanding reputation built over the past 12 years. Marco Natale, Club Car vice president, EMEA, said: “This is a very exciting move for Club Car and the start of a new era.”
Gleneagles, the iconic Scottish hotel, global luxury destination and the only venue in Europe to have staged both The Ryder Cup and The Solheim Cup, has announced Andrew Jowett as its new head of golf. Jowett, 43, will lead golf operations at Gleneagles as it begins an exciting new era for golf at ‘The Glorious Playground’, and as it looks to inspire more youngsters to take up the game and encourage women and families to try golf for the first time.
ISEKI UK & Ireland has appointed the well-known industry figure Phil Self as technical sales demonstrator to further increase the support for the dealer network nationwide. Self has over 20 years of experience within the municipal, golf and sports turf industry having previously worked at Ransomes Jacobsen in a variety of roles, and started his career working in the factory, followed by a variety of technical roles before spending the last ten years as a demonstrator.
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. has announced that it will relocate all manufacturing of Jacobsen professional turf equipment to its facility in Ipswich, UK. The move will begin this autumn and be completed in stages over the next several months. This move will enable the company to focus its investments, skill, and improvements in mower production on a single facility, and leverage existing resources and expertise at its Ipswich facility.
The European Tour has announced three new tournaments in Europe as part of its reshaped 2020 International Schedule, including the Tour’s first visit to Cyprus for two consecutive tournaments. The Cyprus Open will take place from October 29 – November 1 followed by the Cyprus Classic from November 5-8. Both events will be played at Aphrodite Hills Resort and on PGA National Cyprus Golf Course, with prize funds of €1m for each tournament. Both tournaments will be played without spectators and will be subject to the European Tour’s comprehensive health strategy and based on Cyprus Government guidelines.
A luxurious new Wellness Centre & Spa is soon to open at Zala Springs Golf Resort. Part of worldclass.golf, Zala Springs will now be able to offer a holistic well-being experience to all residents, golf members and guests visiting the resort. Designed by award-winning studio and Budapest-based Archikon Architects, the Wellness Centre will include an authentic Finnish sauna, outdoor and indoor pools, beauty centre and a health-conscious bar that will offer the perfect setting for a relaxing break.
The R&A has appointed Phil Anderton as chief development officer, who brings a wealth of experience and business acumen to the executive management team role having held a number of senior positions in sport. Following Duncan Weir’s recent retirement after 35 years with The R&A, Anderton will take on Weir’s strategic and operational responsibilities for Golf Development and Amateur Championships. He will also assume responsibility for Sustainability, the British Golf Museum and for The R&A’s international offices in Singapore and Argentina.
Huxley Golf, the well-known specialist supplier and installer of all-weather surfaces for golf, has announced that it is now owned by an Employee Ownership Trust, following the Huxley family’s decision to provide for the long-term future of the business. The Huxley family has provided funding for the Employee Ownership Trust to purchase 100 per cent of the shares of Huxley (UK) Ltd, which it holds on behalf of employees. The employees continue to run the company and will benefit from sharing the company’s profits.
La Reserva Club has launched a private jet concierge service to provide prospective residential buyers covid-19 safe access to view and experience the Sotogrande lifestyle first-hand. The club, a private gated community in the heart of Sotogrande, is experiencing a rise in demand from across Europe for its properties since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. To ease comfort of travel, the club is offering a bespoke package to enable safe travel – as well as to showcase all that the Sotogrande lifestyle has to offer.
Lukas Böttcher has been appointed by Rain Bird Europe as golf sales specialist for Germany and Switzerland. Having spent all his career in greenkeeping and golf course management working at golf courses throughout Europe, Böttcher joins the company to strengthen the team in Germany. In his previous role as head greenkeeper, he managed strict water restrictions and focused on water conservation during multiple drought-affected seasons.
Excitement is building after Verdura Resort revealed that it is set to reopen its second 18-hole championship course next summer following a major renovation programme. World-renowned golf architect Kyle Phillips returned to Sicily last year to start work on improving his original design after a freak flood damaged a number of the championship layout’s holes along the coastline at the end of 2018. Having completed all the design and construction work last autumn and winter, reseeding of the fairways, greens, tees and rough began at Verdura this summer.