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The Turnaround Artists

Sometimes it is as simple as cutting the rough. Usually it isn't.

"They've called us head-scratchers," said Steve Harker, the founder . . . Read More

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa - August 23, 2015

Located on 6,800 acres amid the rolling hills of northwestern Illinois, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena, Illinois, is a full-spectrum resort complex located 150 miles west of Chicago. The property showcases superior golf with 63 holes on four acclaimed courses which include the North . . . Read More

Touchstone to begin operations on golf course May 29 - May 14, 2015

Last week, City Council unanimously approved the lease and management of the Battleground at Deer Park Golf Course to Touchstone Golf. The agreement comes with renewed optimism in the . . . Read More

New Name for Willow Park Golf Course - March 18, 2015

The East Bay Regional Park District board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to rename the golf course at Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley. The former Willow Park Golf Course is . . . Read More

Willow Park Public Golf Course Under New Management - November, 2014

Effective Monday, December 1st, 2014, the Willow Park Public Golf Course at Lake Chabot Regional Park will be operated under new interim management while the East Bay Regional Park . . . Read More

Younger crowd now more recreational golfers - Aug 28, 2014

Davis' sense of urgency is understandable, given the slew of data suggesting major struggles for golf.
Statistics from the National Golf Foundation showed that only 14 new courses . . . Read More

New management at VICC seeks to restore reputation - April 14, 2014

Valley International Country Club was one of the first members-only resorts in the United States, developed in a time when postcards from motels along Old U.S. 77 billed Browns ville as a . . . Read More

Touchstone begins improvements to golf course - October 10, 2013

There were changes needed at the Battleground at Deer Park Golf Course; changes that would affect playing conditions and profitability to the city-owned course. On May 29, Touchstone Golf . . . Read More

Thank dog, city's golf course finally breaks even - October 04, 2013

At Shoreline Golf Links there are fewer geese causing a nuisance, the turf is in better shape than ever and the course has finally made a profit after several years . . . Read More

Hills and thrills: Eagle Ridge provides surprises - October 01, 2013

GALENA, Ill. -- Having never visited this hamlet in the northwest corner of Illinois, I was surprised to learn that the locals sometimes like to spend their winter days skiing at . . . Read More

Profile: Mark Luthman - September 2013

As executive vice president and chief operating officer of Touchstone Golf, Mark Luthman discusses how developing player loyalty has impacted recent business at Touchstone Golf facilities and his outlook on the golf industry. Read More

Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places - September 2013

Customer happiness is the cornerstone of business success

Smiling FacesEveryone who has traveled to play golf has experienced the nice surprises . . . Read More

Golf Business Magazine - September 2013

Ask most operators to quantify the bottom-line effect of things like cotton hand towels in the restrooms or a golf staff adorned in tartan knickers and you'll hear a lot of claptrap about setting tone or crafting an overall experience. Almost no one can put a number on how many green fees are . . . Read More

With a Few Strokes, Shoreline Golf Course Comes Out of the Rough - September 2013

Just a few years ago, Mountain View City Council members debated what to do about the $700,000 they lost annually from the city’s municipal . . . Read More

Heartland Hideaways "Hills and Thrills" - August 7, 2013

Having never visited this hamlet in the northwest corner of Illinois, I was surprised to learn that the locals sometimes like to spend their winter days skiing at Chestnut Mountain . . . Read More

The Turnaround Artists - September 2011

Sometimes it is as simple as cutting the rough. Ussually it isn't.
"They've called us head-scratchers," said Steve Harker, the founder of Touchstone Golf, one of the up-and-coming - and successful - "turnour artists" of the . . . Read More

On The Water Front Newsletter - September 2010

The Public Service Board recently presented Dr. Bill Schlesinger with a check for $21,646.98. The funds were the proceeds from events organized by El Paso Water Utilities employees and touchstone Golf to benefit . . . Read More

Golf Inc. Turnaround Artists - Summer 2010

Any reputable management company can tout its ability to take a languishing course, stabilize it, and deliver positive results that stretch over a period of years. But what if that company had to compress its plan into a year, six months or . . . Read More

El Paso Times - July 28, 2010

EL PASO -- Professional golf is returning to El Paso in the form of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series.
The El Paso Desert Open will be held Sept. 7-11 at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course, featuring more than 80 golfers chasing professional dreams and share a purse of to . . . Read More

NCGA Magazine - May 21, 2010

A spectacular view greets the player at Mare Islands 16th. The historic course, one of the oldest in the region dating to 1892, was renovated by Robin Nelson in 2000. This medium-length downhill par for is one of Nelson's additions and features a heavily guarded, two tiered green . . . Read More

Special Report: Golf's green teams - December 2008

Organic nutrients like bone and blood meal are part of a hands-on approach.

I'd never really thought about a golf course being chemically dependent, until I played on . . . Read More
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