Last week I interviewed Rai Sahi, the majority shareholder and CEO of ClubLink Corp., the corporate golf giant in Ontario and Quebec. I was writing a profile of Sahi for Golf Canada magazine, and when transcribing the interview, I found this little nugget of news when asking Rai what he brings to ClubLink and where the company was headed:
Sahi: I spend one day a week at ClubLink. What I bring is at the strategic level. I want to help the growth of golf and were trying to figure out where we go. Do we form a strategic alliance in the U.S.? Im reviewing what is happening in the U.S. Florida could be a market that is an extension of ClubLink. Members from Montreal and Toronto come to Florida and it could be a reason for them to join.
We had some discussion in B.C. But there are no other cities like Toronto and Montreal. The other [Canadian] cities are big enough. We might do it differently. It could become a national entity. But thats not our primary focus, but we have some conversations. The core of the business will remain the GTA.
Interesting to note Sahi spends a fair bit of time in the winter in Florida — and I’m sure some courses there could be picked up for a song. I was also told today that ClubLink owns a U.S. course — in Virginia. Who knew?