Golf News for Thursday, July 25, 2013 | Business

Pacific Links International reciprocates with GolfBC properties

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Pacific Links International has entered into a reciprocal play program with GolfBC, granting members of each organization mutual access to both group's collection of courses. This reciprocal play program includes GolfBC Group's nine courses in British Columbia and two courses in Maui, as well as the more than 80 courses that are part of Pacific Links International's growing portfolio throughout Hawai'i, Nevada, California and West Virginia.

"This collaboration with GolfBC makes even more high-caliber courses available to our members and is the first opportunity for PLI to offer outstanding golf in Canada," said Bruce Simmonds, Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Links. "We think the GolfBC members in British Columbia will equally enjoy getting to know Pacific Links and experiencing our wide range of destination courses."

The highly-respected Wailea Gold and Emerald courses on the island of Maui are included in this anticipated agreement along with nine courses in British Columbia which include: Mayfair Lakes and Furry Creek near Vancouver; Nicklaus North in the popular tourist village of Whistler; Olympic View and Arbutus Ridge on Vancouver Island; and Gallagher's Canyon, The Pinnacle, and The Bear and The Quail at The Okanagan Golf Club, in Kelowna, in the vacation region of the Okanagan Valley.

"We are pleased to announce this program between GolfBC and Pacific Links that will allow us to cross promote our facilities," said Andy Hedley, Vice President of Golf Operations, GolfBC British Columbia. "We look forward to working side by side with Pacific Links over this next year to enhance the membership experiences, and are confident that Pacific Links members will take advantage of the privileges of playing GolfBC's group of courses in British Columbia and Hawaii."

The innovative reciprocal club membership plan has proven to be a successful business strategy for Pacific Links as it continues to grow its presence throughout North America, Australia, Southeast Asia, and soon, Europe. A relationship with the PGA TOUR also grants members access to 23 private and resort TPC Clubs across the US.

About Pacific Links International
Pacific Links International is a Canadian-owned golf corporation that provides member access to more than 80 quality golf clubs by some of the game's greatest designers including Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus in signature golf destinations in North America, Australia and Asia. Pacific Links offers a unique membership structure whose main feature is reciprocal access to multiple clubs around the world with tour-quality design, strong character and deliver a memorable golf experience in a cosmopolitan golf location.

In Hawai'i, Pacific Links owns and operates Kapolei Golf Club (home of the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship), Royal Hawaiian Golf Club, Olomana Golf Links, Mākaha Valley Country Club (East), and Mākaha Golf Club (West), currently under renovation by Greg Norman. Pacific Links also owns Pete Dye Golf Club (#45 on Golf Digest's ranking of America's 100 Greatest Courses) in West Virginia, and Southern Highlands and SouthShore Golf Clubs in Las Vegas and Dove Canyon Golf Club in California. Pacific Links is also building The 27 Club in Tianjin, China, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

About GolfBC Group
Since 1990, GolfBC Group has been creating or acquiring premium championship golf destinations in British Columbia, and since October 2003, also in Hawaii. The objective was to establish a series of world class facilities throughout the province and beyond where players could experience total golfing excellence. The courses are consistently ranked among the highest throughout Canada and the United States, and have played host to the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Michelle Wie, Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and other top professionals in the sport.

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