Golf Business News – Troon announces a host of new appointments and promotions to its global club and resort portfolio

Golf club management and marketing company Troon announced more than ten new appointments to its portfolio of international properties this summer.

All internal promotions were hired into operational roles in North America, Europe and Asia.

One appointment of note is Harris Abdullah, who is based at The Els Club Desaru Coast in Malaysia, and has been promoted to general manager, while another is Anna Darnell at The Grove in England, who has been promoted to resort manager.

The appointment of Abdullah as General Manager of Els Club Desaru Coast is expected to bring greater value to the facilities managed by Troon Golf, while continuing to attract enthusiastic golfers to Desaru Coast through a combination of strategies. Harris’ medium and long-term goals include customer focus and sustainability.

Commenting on his new role, Abdullah said: “I am extremely happy to have come through the ranks at Troon to get this position, The Els Club Desaru Coast is a truly unique destination and I hope to develop and improve it even further. We are fortunate that our employer at Troon has access to a wealth of resources, knowledge, support and talent to draw on, enabling our teams to progress in our respective career paths and that is exactly what I ‘ve been able to do while working for Troon.”

Back in England, Anna Darnell, previously Director of Golf and Leisure at The Grove, has been promoted to Resort Director and will take on greater commercial and strategic responsibilities at the famous 300-acre estate. Darnell, who joined The Grove in 2005 as Events Sales Manager after earning the Loch Lomond PGA Professional designation, became The Grove’s Operations Manager and PGA Golf Professional, before being promoted director of golf and take on broader hobbies. related responsibilities in 2016.

Commenting on his new role, Darnell said: “Having joined The Grove 17 years ago, there hasn’t been a moment or position that I haven’t loved at this special property. Troon played a fundamental role in the establishment of the golf center in 2003 and I learned a lot from joining the team and continue to do so thanks to their international knowledge. The Grove team continues to set the standards every day and I hope that in my new role I can continue to support the hotel by remaining such a special place to play and stay, as well as help the team grow. and to continually improve. .”

There have also been a series of other significant moves within Troon’s operations around the world, including Lloyd Walton’s move to Palmilla Golf Club in Mexico to become general manager of golf. Michael Neider has also traveled the world, leaving Dubai – where he worked at Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai Hills Golf Club and Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai – for Hawaii to become Golf General Manager via Sri Lanka, where he was a group short-term work. meet at the Victoria Golf & Country Resort.

Vattanac Golf Resort in Cambodia has welcomed two new additions – Chris Geraghty joins as General Manager of Royal Golf Club Bahrain, and James Durkin takes on the role of Director of Golf Operations after seven successful years at the Troon managed facilities in Abu Dhabi .

. Barry Barnard has joined Al Zorah Golf Club in Ajman as Golf Operations Manager

The UAE for Troon International has also seen a slew of moves and promotions. Barry Barnard has moved from Abu Dhabi to Al Zorah Golf Club in Ajman to become Director of Golf Operations under Managing Director Phil Henderson. Barry’s addition to the squad is perfectly timed, following the club’s recent announcement that they have started building a new clubhouse on site.

Stephen Payne took on the role of Director of Golf at The Track at Meydan Golf, continuing his nine years at Troon, including The Grove, until becoming Director of Golf Operations at Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai. James Ashman now assumes this same role after being promoted internally to now lead Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai as Director of Golf Operations.

The Centurion Club in England welcomed Peter Holland as the new director of golf who replaced Freddie Rexstrew, who left for warmer climes in Oman where he took on the role of operations director at one of the newest facilities Family Troon International, Muscat Beach Resorts.

Commenting on this busy transition period, Troon International Executive Vice President Mark Chapleski said, “We continue to provide our associates with unprecedented opportunities to work and learn from golf markets around the world. This demonstrates the fantastic growth opportunities available to our teams around the world. Promotions from within are key to our success because they allow our associates to grow and prosper while simultaneously helping our own organization grow. The pandemic has certainly interrupted the movements. These are all positive changes within Troon and we celebrate the fantastic accomplishments of these people.

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