Troon,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development, and marketing, recognizes the company’s 25-year anniversary in 2015.Since its beginnings in 1990 with the management of the iconic Troon North Golf Club, the company has grown to become the industry leader with more than 250 managed courses in 36 states and 27 countries and with international offices in Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, Dubai and Switzerland. Troon has successfully captured a dominant niche within golf and hospitality, creating partnerships with other industry leaders including its current capital and strategic partner, Kohlberg & Company.“This marks a very exciting time for Troon as we take a moment to reflect back on the success we’ve experienced the past 25 years and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead,” stated Dana Garmany, Troon’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “Without having the best in the industry on our team doing incredible work throughout the world, we never would have grown to where we are today. We are truly excited about the next 25 years as we position our strategy for continued growth by delivering successful operations for our clients, and memorable experiences for our guests and members,” added Garmany.Major accomplishments in Troon’s history include its first international expansion into Australia in 1998, along with its involvement with Turnberry Resort in Scotland the same year. Troon’s international growth continued from that point expanding from 10 domestic facilities to more than 100 by 2007, reaching into parts of Europe, Middle East, and Asia. International expansion continued into Russia and Africa along with parts of North and South America to bring the company where it stands today as the world’s largest third-party golf management company with more than 10,000 employees.After the recent transaction with Kohlberg & Company, new capital has been infused into Troon, positioning the company for accelerated growth in the golf and hospitality industry. In late 2014, Troon acquired Honours Golf, the premier golf management company in the Southeastern United States. The acquisition added 16 golf courses to the Troon portfolio, located across Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and North Carolina.A special anniversary issue of Troon Golf & Travel magazine has also been published and distributed across Troon-managed facilities and select newsstands. Throughout the commemorative issue are exclusive stories that take a look back at the company’s early days through the eyes of Chairman and CEO Dana Garmany and the employees who have been with the company since the beginning. Additionally, Tom Weiskopf, who co-designed the first course at Troon North Golf Club (with Jay Morrish), recounts some of his earliest memories of those days as well. A third feature examines Troon from a business perspective, describes the company’s progress through the years via a timeline, and details the top achievements along the way.During its 25-year history, Troon has earned a reputation for having pristine golf course conditions, personalized member service, outstanding food & beverage experiences and world-class retail offerings at its facilities. This reputation has helped Troon win the loyalty of millions of golfers with 95% of all guests who play at Troon-managed facilities indicating that their experience exceeds their expectations and 97% saying they would not hesitate to recommend Troon courses to others.Troon’s expertise has grown to span across multiple areas of hospitality, taking its proven services to achieve success in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Within its current portfolio, Troon oversees operations at more than 20 spa facilities, 10 lodging facilities, 35 fitness facilities, 45 tennis facilities and 10 equestrian centers.Troon’s resources combined with now 25 years of experience operating a myriad of private, daily fee, and resort operations in states and countries all over the world, have given the company the opportunity to develop the strategies and talent that the industry demands today. Combined with its past experience and strategic position for growth, Troon is poised to see its best years still to come.To celebrate the exciting milestone, Troon has launched a 25-Year Anniversary “Ultimate Golf Vacation Sweepstakes” offer during the month of April. Participants can visit www.Troon25.com to enter to win a three-night stay at The Phoenician Resort for two people, including two rounds for two players at Troon North Golf Club; a round for two players at The Phoenician Golf Club; complimentary Callaway Club Fitting Experience for two people at Troon North Golf Club with a $100 Callaway Gift Card; and dinner for two people at Relish Burger Bistro and Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician.
CLEVELAND – J.R. Smith was hoping one defensive mistake would not wipe out two games of elite defense.When he fouled Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson on a 3-point attempt, with the Cavaliers leading 88-85 with 15.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter he had committed the NBA’s cardinal defensive sin for the second straight night…he had fouled a jump-shooter.Johnson hit all three free-throws to tie the game, but, as Smith noted following the contest, LeBron James had his back.J.R. Smith blocked a career-high four shots against the Nets.James connected on a floater in the lane with 1.9 seconds left to give the Cavs a 90-88 victory and keep the team unbeaten at home in front of a sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.“He got caught a little bit on the screen and recovered late,” Cleveland head coach David Blatt said. “Believe me, he didn’t want to foul. Overall I thought he did a real good job on Joe Johnson…a real good job. That, obviously, was not a good foul but overall I thought J.R. really battled him and gave a good effort on that end of the floor.“Those are little things you just have to avoid. It not for lack of effort or anything else. It just happened, that’s all.”Blatt changed things up defensively. Usually James defends the opposing team’s top scoring threat down the stretch. Saturday against the Nets he kept James on Jarrett Jack and gave Smith the job of defending Johnson, a career 17.2 points per game scorer.For the second straight night Smith was up to the task. Friday in Charlotte he helped preserve a Cavs win with a late steal. Saturday he had a critical block and drew an offensive foul on Johnson late in the game to help Cleveland put the game away.He ended the Nets contest with three steals and a career-high four blocks, but was reduced to pleading after the late foul on Johnson.“I promise you I was just sitting there like, ‘Please go in, please go in,’” Smith said of LeBron’s game-winner. “If we go into overtime and, God forbid, lose that game…a lot of wandering eyes in the locker room.”LeBron James’ running hook with 1.9 seconds left wiped out J.R. Smith’s defensive mistake.When James’ runner hit net, Smith said it took a lot off his shoulders.“It was a sigh of relief. If we would have lost this game I don’t know what would have happened,” he said with a chuckle. “I don’t know if somebody would have came at me or if I would have came at myself. It was very nerve-wracking for me.“They were telling me the whole time, ‘Keep your head up, we’re going to win this game.’ Fortunately we did.”James said Smith knew he made a mistake.“I know he beats himself up about fouling jump shooters…I beat him up a lot about it as well,” he said. “He needs to stop doing that. He did it against Batum and he got Joe tonight, but the effort is there. Everyone thinks he’s just a 3-point shooter and a guy who shoots threes in transition, but for our team he guards the number one player on the perimeter every night. He takes the challenge and he did it again tonight.”James has been looking to hold teammates accountable for mistakes this season, and Smith said it is the kind of leadership the team needs from its best player.“When he gets on us it’s never anything personal,” Smith said. “He just wants us to do better and wants us to succeed as a team. We’ve got to look at it like that, we can’t look at it like somebody is challenging us as a person. This is a game and the way we look at it we go to battle with our brothers every night. We want to see one another do well.” Mike Perry has been a sports journalist for over a quarter-century. He still remembers his first assignment, covering a Lorain High School basketball game as a correspondent for The Morning Journal in Lorain. Since then he has covered sports big and small, from Little League baseball to the NBA Playoffs. During his career he has worked as a beat writer, columnist and editor. He once spent a five-year sentence covering the Pittsburgh Steelers for The Butler Eagle in suburban Pittsburgh, but those difficult days are behind him. As one of the area’s foremost authorities in the Mid-American Conference, expect Perry to keep NEO Sports Insiders informed about the happenings in his favorite mid-major conference whether you like it or not. Perry lives in Amherst with his wife of 14 years, Christy, and two sons…Mitchell (8) and Matthew (6) Related Topics Mike Perry