Golf News for Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | Business

Pacific Links International acquires assets from International Club Network

VAUGHAN, Ontario, Canada -- Pacific Links International (PLI) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the virtual club assets from International Club Network Limited (ICN). PLI continues to enhance its unique reciprocal membership offerings by acquiring quality properties around the world and offering a wide range of membership categories. The ICN acquisition is the latest phase of growth PLI has seen this year, which includes partnerships with the PGA Tour and GolfBC, and a portfolio of nearly 100 clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Asia.

Since 1998, ICN has developed the world's largest private club access program consisting of 275 participating clubs in 22 countries. As part of the transaction, PLI will own and manage this network as well as ICN's Privileged Play program. The largest membership program of its kind in Canada, Privileged Play provides members priority access and green fee savings at notable daily fee courses for public and resort golfers.

"The acquisition of the virtual assets from ICN will expand the Pacific Links membership base and its relationships with private and daily fee golf clubs," said Charles Lorimer, PLI Chief Operating Officer. "We are pleased to be able to extend our reach in the golf industry."

Also included in the network assets sold to PLI is a 50 percent interest in Access Global Golf and Travel Network program in Canada - memberships which are sold through provincial golf associations.

"The sale of a portion of ICN to Pacific Links will give ICN members access to an even larger variety of quality golf clubs around the world," said Kim Robinson, ICN President. "The resources provided by PLI will not only increase the value and quality for members, but will support our club partners as well."

Additionally, ICN will work to further establish the Pacific Links Golf Network and launch a golf gift card program with PLI, opening up a substantial retail marketing channel for participating clubs. ICN has also entered into an agreement to manage and grow the virtual business of PLI. For more information visit www.pacificlinks.com.

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 or 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, Dove Canyon in California and Southern Highlands and SouthShore Golf Clubs in Las Vegas. Pacific Links is also building The 27 Club in Tianjin, China, which is scheduled to open in 2015. www.pacificlinks.com.

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