promoted to co-chief operating officers
and executive vice presidents to replace
The world’s largest management company then promoted Mark Chapleski
to president of Troon International and
Mitch Harrell to president of Troon Golf.
Their appointments followed the promotion of Ryan Walls, who was named president of Troon Privé in the fall.
“Mark, Mitch and Ryan all have had
long and distinguished careers with Troon
and were ready to assume larger roles
with our growing company,” said Dana
Garmany, chairman and chief executive
officer of Troon. “Our division presidents,
including Bob Barrett, who oversees our
Honours Golf division, and Rich Carter,
president of True Club Solutions, are an
impressive group of leaders. We’re excited
about the future of Troon as we continue
to grow each of our divisions through
quality individuals and outstanding facili-
Chapleski most recently served as area
managing director for Troon Middle East.
He joined Troon in 1999 and has more
than 30 years of experience in the golf
industry. Chapleski is based in Troon’s
Dubai office in the United Arab Emirates.
Harrell is a 35-year golf industry veteran who joined Troon in 1999 as vice
president of operations. In 2005, he was
appointed senior vice president of operations, supervising 18 facilities across the
United States. In 2011, Harrell became
general manager of Troon North Golf
Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., while continuing to oversee several other properties
as vice president of operations for the
company. Harrell will be based in Troon’s
Troon recently added two daily-fee
clubs in California to its portfolio, making the Golden State one of the company’s
largest and fastest-growing regions.
With the addition of Hiddenbrooke
Golf Club in Vallejo and Moorpark
Country Club in Moorpark, Troon now
has 20 facilities in California, totaling 30. 5
Dejia, a Hong Kong-based investment company, in April purchased the
Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg,
Va., for a reported $133 million.
It is the first U.S. acquisition for Dejia,
which bought the 476-acre property from
LaSalle Hotel Properties. Dejia is owned
by Hong Kong investor Ci Zhonghua.
The Lansdowne includes 296 rooms,
five food and beverage outlets, 55,000
square feet of meeting rooms, 45 holes of
golf, three tennis courts, five pools, a fit-
ness center and a 12,000-square-foot spa.
As part of the deal, Destination Hotels
signed a contract to continue managing
the resort. Destination Hotels has oper-
ated the facility since 2012. Troon Golf
will remain as operator of the golf club.
The sale follows a series of renovations
aimed at making the resort more attractive to high-end clients and tourists.
Concert Golf buys
Concert Golf Partners has acquired
Philmont Country Club, a member-owned private club in the north
A Hong Kong investment company
has purchased the Lansdowne Resort
and Spa and its 45-hole golf facility.
The deal was unanimously approved by
the club’s board of directors and backed by
a 95 percent vote of its members.
“This recapitalization achieves every-
thing we have been trying to do on our
own for the last five years,” said club
President Glenn Meyer. “We needed
capital from our excess land for improve-
ments, and we needed professional man-
Annual membership dues will be fro-
zen for the next two years, and Concert
will invest more than $4 million in capital
Founded as an all-Jewish club in 1906,
Philmont Country Club has 36 holes on
295 acres. It also has 10 Har-Tru tennis
courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool
and a 58,000-square-foot clubhouse with
The board had been in talks with the
township, developers and homebuild-ers for the past five years, seeking to sell
60 acres on its South Course to allow for
development of 150 homes. This would
have generated nearly $10 million for
needed investments in club facilities, but
the approval process proved to be a challenge.
Lansdowne Resort sells
for $133 million