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Country Club turns to Arizona company to to manage the course

Austin Country Club is looking to get a boost in business as the Club’s board recently turned to Troon, a company in Scottsdale, Arizona, to manage the course.

Troon will oversee golf and club operations, food and beverage operations as well golf course agronomy and club/membership marketing. It came into the picture nine months ago when the Austin Country Club began looking into the advantages of bringing Toon aboard.

Kory Potach chips a shot on hole No. 12 at the 22nd Annual Karl Potach Tournament in Austin Country Club. Herald file photo

“The club is just looking how to move forward and grow the membership and be a sustainable private club in the midwest,” said Phillip Martin, vice president of Troon. “We’re excited to be there.”

Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, serving over 440 clubs in 43 states and 31 countries. Martin said they will still work under the Austin Country Club Board as they will implement the policies they are given.

“The board retains control of the club and we work for them. It’s a unique thing. We’ll do our best to figure out strategies for the club and make it better,” Myers said.

Austin Country Club Board President Tony Roehl is excited to be working worth Troon.

“Troon’s ability to consistently enhance service, standards and expectations, while increasing overall value for members is ultimately what led us to select them to manage our club,” Roehl said. “In discussions leading up to our decision, it was clear that Troon operates under a ‘what is best for the membership and club?’ philosophy and will deploy their talent and resources to help us reach our goals.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on golf courses throughout Minnesota and beyond. The courses are open for play, but they are not able to host leagues or tournaments at this time, due to social distancing protocol.

Martin is looking forward to the future of working for Austin Country Club.

“We’re excited to be there and hopefully the world will settle down a little bit and we can get back to golf,” he said. “It’s been challenging, but we’re working through it.”

Austin Country Club opened in 1919 and the par 72 course stretches over 6,520-yards.