Ownership & Management
OB Sports Golf Management has assumed
management of Royal Blue Golf Club in
“We’re excited to be a part of such an
incredible golf and resort development,
especially with a golf course that is con-
sidered one of the best in the world,” said
C.A. Roberts, president of OB Sports.
“Everything at Royal Blue is first class,
from the course conditions to the pan-
oramic views on every hole.”
Royal Blue’s golf course, the first Jack
Nicklaus Signature design in Nassau, mea-
sures 7,189 yards and plays to par 72. It
is part of a $4.2 billion luxury beachfront
resort development called Baha Mar. The
resort will eventually include three world-
class hotels with more than 2,300 rooms,
the largest casino in the Bahamas, at least
30 luxury retail outlets and more than 40
restaurants, bars and lounges.
Plans for Baha Mar were announced in
2005. However, construction did not begin
until 2011, after The Export-Import Bank
of China agreed to provide funding. The
resort was scheduled to open in May 2015,
Baha Mar was revived in November 2016
when Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook
Enterprises bought the resort from The
Export-Import Bank for an undisclosed
sum. The bank subsequently invested $700
million to finish the resort.
The high-end resort spares no expense
for guests. For example, golfers can rent
one of more than 100 sets of top-of-the line
clubs, including handmade Itobori clubs
from Japan, which retail for $8,000 a set.
OB Sports has sent two of its most experienced employees to run Royal Blue. Sean
Cracraft, the venue’s director of golf, was
previously senior vice president of operations for the Arizona-based company.
Long-time OB veteran Andy Deiro is head
“Between the two of them, they have
more than 40 years of experience working
with OB Sports,” Roberts said. “Their leadership of the golf operation and support to
the broader Baha Mar development will be
SALES & MANAGEMENT RECAP
OB Sports takes over
at Caribbean resort course
Royal Blue Golf Club
KemperSports adds to
Pacific Northwest portfolio
KemperSports has finalized a deal with
Pierce County, Wash., to manage the
county-owned Lake Spanaway and Fort
Steilacoom golf courses.
The courses join KemperSports’ growing portfolio in the Pacific Northwest,
including Chambers Bay, another property
owned by Pierce County.
Located in Tacoma, Wash., Lake
Spanaway is a classic Pacific Northwest golf
course with mature Douglas fir trees, challenging bunkers and large, subtle greens.
The course, which opened in 1967, has a
long history as a championship venue. It
also has hosted numerous regional and
national USGA amateur tournaments.
Lake Spanaway has a 3,500-square-foot
clubhouse with a pro shop and a full-service restaurant and bar.
Located just down the road from
Chambers Bay, in Lakewood, Wash., Fort
Steilacoom is a nine-hole, par- 34 golf
course that opened in 1951. It’s a popular
choice for beginners and juniors, and also
offers FootGolf leagues.
“We have enjoyed a tremendous rela-
tionship with Pierce County over the last
decade as we helped to build and launch
Chambers Bay,” said KemperSports CEO
Steve Skinner. “We look forward to con-
tinuing that relationship and expanding
our work in Pierce County to include Lake
Spanaway and Fort Steilacoom.”
In addition, Pierce County has extended
its agreement with KemperSports for man-
agement of Chambers Bay.
Hawaiian resort sold
to investment company
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
on Hawaii’s Big Island has been sold by
its Japanese owners to an affiliate of a
California-based development and management company for an undisclosed price.
The resort, which opened about 40
years ago, includes a hotel, dining and
recreational amenities, two 18-hole golf
courses and undeveloped land. The buyer