Golf Travel and Resort News Jan 23, 2022

Golf Travel and Resort News January 23, 2022

In golf travel and resort news this week are items from BOYNE Golf, Perfect Golf Events, the design partnership of Sanford Ferris and Los Cabos.

John Richter

BOYNE Golf Promotes Richter and Powers

Veteran BOYNE Golf professionals elevate to Senior Vice President and Director of Golf

Petoskey, MI – BOYNE Golf has promoted two of its longest tenured golf professionals. Josh Richter is now BOYNE Golf’s Senior Vice President of Golf Operations and Casey Powers assumes the role of Director of Golf.

Richter, who officially steps up to his new role on April 16, has been Director of Golf for the Michigan operations and Director of Snowsports Equipment Rental for Boyne Resorts. He first came to Boyne in 1999, through a golf operations/management internship at Boyne Highlands, and then returned as an intern the next two years, while earning a B.S. degree in Marketing from Ferris State University in 2001.

Richter became an assistant pro at The Highlands’ Ross Golf Center in 2002, then head pro at the Heather course in 2006. He was promoted in 2011 to oversee three courses at The Highlands and by 2015 was named Director of Golf. All the while, he took on year-round employment within Boyne’s retail operations during the winter, serving various sales and management capacities. In 2018, his role expanded to include Director of Snowsports Equipment Rental for Boyne Resorts at all ten resorts across the United States and Canada. He was also elected to be a member of the First Tee – Northern Michigan Board of Directors in 2017 and has also served as a member of the organization’s golf committee since 2015.

Powers currently serves as Head Golf Pro and Director of Retail for Boyne Mountain and brings vast experience and well-rounded knowledge. His new transition begins immediately, and he’ll officially take over the new role ahead of the 2022 golf season – reporting to Richter. 

Perfect Golf Event Partners With Golf Surprize To Help Courses, Tournament Organizers Raise Money For Charity

PONTE VEDRA, Fla – Perfect Golf Event, a company dedicated to enhancing golf outings through improved technology, formats and fundraising has partnered with Golf Surprize, an instant rewards program that benefits tournament organizers and players

As part of the agreement, PGE users will have the opportunity to incorporate Golf Surprize products into their event.

Perfect Golf Event offers a simple, variable solution to the growing need for an organizational tool to plan non-profit, charitable and corporate golf events, making its partnership with Golf Surprize a natural one.

Golf Surprize offers multiple benefits to tournament organizers. The products can be provided as an amenity to players, a means to bolster fundraising, and an effective vehicle to engage with sponsors.

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Golf Course Architects John Sanford and David Ferris Form New Partnership

Leading design associate elevates to partner with longtime mentor 

JUPITER, FLORIDA – Golf course architect John Sanford, a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), has formed a new partnership with longtime design associate David Ferris. The new Jupiter, Florida-based firm is now called Sanford Ferris Golf Course Design.

Both Sanford and Ferris have already collaborated on several high-profile golf course projects like Granite Links Golf Club, Pointe West, Juliette Falls, Madinat Makadi, Taba Heights, Hacienda Bay, and Caguas Real.

Renovation projects have included Hunters Run CC, Vero Beach CC, Spring Run GC, Wilderness CC, Duxbury Yacht Club, and Eastpointe CC. They have also collaborated with the Nicklaus organization on Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, Banyan Cay, Naples Beach Hotel, and Palm Hills.

Recently, the duo created an innovative reversible nine-hole course at Sailfish Sands, the municipal golf facility operated by Martin County, Florida. The reversible nines are laid out over 60 acres and can be played as 18 different holes. The Sands 9 Black course plays clockwise while the Sands 9 Gold course plays counterclockwise, rotating weekly.

They have also completed the first phase of a Donald Ross green restoration project for North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue, New York. Other upcoming renovation projects for the firm include Water Oak Country Club in Lady Lake, Florida and the Cavalry Club in Manlius, New York, The Great Outdoors, Titusville, Florida, and Indian Hills CC, Huntington, New York.


Second Golf Course Underway For Quivira Los Cabos

Following up on his award winning Quivira Golf Club design in Los Cabos, Jack Nicklaus has returned to create a second course at Quivira Los Cabos.

Groundbreaking for the Club’s second Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is expected to take place by fourth quarter 2022. Quivira’s second course will expand the resort and residential community’s golf offering to accommodate the increased demand, resulting from the growth of the development, including ultra-exclusive, recently launched projects such as the St. Regis Resort & Residences; the exclusive new real estate community, Old Lighthouse Golf & Ocean Club; and the Alvar hillside condominiums.

“The first golf course at Quivira is a spectacular layout playing across a remarkable piece of property,” Nicklaus said. “Now, I am excited that design is well underway on the second course at Quivira, which should be stunning and equally as spectacular. I hope golfers who play the second course will enjoy the views, the quality of golf, and the challenge.”

For additional information, resort reservations, or tee times access the web site at  or call 1-800-990-8250

Verdura Resort Takes Top Rank In New Global Golf List

Verdura Resort has confirmed its status as Italy’s number one golf venue after being named in the top 20 of a new industry list of the world’s top 100 golf resorts.

The luxury destination in Sicily was rated 19th in Golf World magazine’s inaugural ranking following another outstanding 12 months which included the return of the resort to 45 holes following the reopening of its acclaimed East Course after a major redesign.

Assessed over four categories – its golf courses, accommodation, amenities and setting – Verdura Resort won widespread praise from the judging panel for the quality of its golf and lifestyle facilities, as well as its spectacular location adjacent to the Mediterranean.

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