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Golf Inc. Top 25 Golf Management Companies - 2017

Slowly but surely, Brown Golf Management is shedding its identity as a regional golf operator. Since it was founded in 2011, Brown Golf has operated almost exclusively in Florida, Pennslyvania, and the Carolinas. This year the company was hired to manage the golf venues owned by Holiday Inn's time-share division. The pact added three properties to its portfolio. Two of them - Apple Mountain Resort and Golf in Clarkesville, GA & Holiday Hills Resort & Golf in Branson, MO - are states where Brown didn't previously have a presence.

Golf's Finance Problem

A limited number of finance options for golf course owners and potential buyers has led to a slow down in sales.


Long after most U.S. industries have begun to enjoy a recovery from the Great Recession, the real estate side of the American golf business remains trapped in a quandary.

The pace of golf course sales illustrates the problem. Last year, according to Marcus & Millichap’s Leisure Investment Properties Group, 123 properties valued between $1 million and $10 million changed hands. The number is close to the norm. During the past decade — that is, since 2007, the onset of the Great Recession — an average of 130 U.S. golf properties in this price range have sold annually.


Brown Golf Announces Leadership Transition

John A. Brown, president and CEO of Brown Golf Management, has decided to retire from the business and sell his majority interest to his partners. His three partners are sons John M. Brown and Todd Brown, the company's COO and executive vice president, and CFO Jason Harshbarger.

Golf Inc Magazine - Trendsetters

The Trendsetters: Golf Inc Magazine lists John Brown as one of the most active investors that are buying, fixing up, and repositioning golf courses. 

Golf Inc Top 25 Company

July 2015

A big milestone in a short amount of time. Four years and six months after the inception of Brown Golf, the company was able to achieve new heights by joining Golf Inc. Top 25 Golf Management Companies.

Brown Golf On The Rise

September 2015

Brown Golf broke through this year on Golf Inc.’s annual list of the top 25 golf management companies. Its rise comes as the management industry is contracting and courses are closing nationally.

Bullish on Bluffton

June 2015

President, John A. Brown, discusses the local golf industry in Bluffton, SC. Mr. Brown explains the company’s plan to introduce daily fee rates that have not existed in the market for 30+ years!

Golf America Bluffton

January 2015

Bluffton, SC is highlighted by focusing the attention on the course features, notable designers and the abundant wildlife and natural lands. Take a stroll through our Bluffton portfolio and take it all in!

Golf America Pinehurst

October 2014

Golf America visits Pinehurst to highlight The CC of Whispering Pines & Foxfire Golf Resort. The Sandhills provide some of the best golf in the United States, and these two properties are no exception!

The Trump Interview

July 2014

Brown Golf discusses with Donald Trump Jr. Golf Facility Management. Highlighting several successful programs and operational standards, Brown Golf was able to provide an insight on how we approach and assist struggling golf facilities in today’s economy.

Golf Business Cover

November 2013

Golf Business highlights several operators who are “Seeing The Big Picture”. Featured on the cover of the November 2013 issue, John A. Brown (President) discusses Brown Golf’s approach to acquiring courses in clusters.

King of Bluffton Golf

September 2013

Since his 2011 purchase of Pinecrest Golf Club and subsequent acquisition of Island West soon thereafter, John Brown has made an indelible mark on the Hilton Head/Bluffton golf industry in a very short period of time.

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