help in areas that include customer service, retail operations, food and beverage
operations, finance and accounting.
Troon also announced it will manage The Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise
Beach, Mo., and Potowomut Golf Club
in Warwick, R.I.
The Club at Porto Cima is a private
facility featuring an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus
Signature Design, a 17,000-square-foot
clubhouse and a yacht club. Peter Brown
Sr. and Susan Koplar Brown developed
the property in 2000, after developing
The Ridge, an 18-hole Ken Kavanaugh
design at The Lodge of the Four Seasons,
Florida city pays $5 million to keep
The city of Oviedo, Fla., has agreed to pay
$5 million for Twin Rivers Golf Club to
ensure that the struggling 310-acre property remains open.
Twin Rivers features an 18-hole, Joe
Lee-designed course and was among a
handful of Orlando-area venues owned by
Twin Rivers Golf Club
in 1991. The Brown family has been selling homes along Lake of the Ozarks.
Potowomut is a private facility that
features an 18-hole Walter Johnson-designed golf course. Johnson was a
17-year associate of Donald Ross.
Established in 1927, the club is set on
an old Indian campsite and former dairy
“Potowomut Golf Club has a rich his-
tory dating back to the 1920s,” said Ryan
Walls, president of Troon Privé Division.
“Our team will look to raise the service
levels and improve the overall golf expe-
The Golf Group. Two
years ago, The Golf
Group, headed by Bob
Dello Russo, closed
Rock Springs Ridge
Golf Club in nearby
Apopka when it was
in similar financial
straits. The city will
seek a private man-
agement firm to oper-
ate Twin Rivers.
n Muni course
Michigan PGA pro
A local PGA pro has
purchased the only
golf course owned by
the city of Interlochen, Mich.
Brad Dean, most recently the director of golf at Crystal Mountain in nearby
Thompsonville, paid an undisclosed price
for Interlochen Golf Course, an 18-hole
layout that has been in operation for half a
century. The seller was Tony Kochevar.
Interlochen Golf Course
Dean plans to remodel the course’s restaurant and make other upgrades to the
One of Michigan’s best-known golf
instructors, Dean has won several teacher-of-the-year citations from the Michigan
“We formed this
new division to have
a greater reach
into the golf and
club industries, and
outside of our normal
activities at Troon.”
CHAIRMAN AND CEO