ClubLink founder Bruce Simmonds leads Hawai course acquisition

Interesting to see a note in a Hawaii newspaper about the acquisition of a course by a company called Pacific Links. Pacific Links is being helmed by Bruce Simmonds, the former CEO and founder of ClubLink:

Local developer Jeff Stone inked a deal Friday to sell Makaha Valley Country Club to a golf course investment firm less than a year after he canceled a plan to donate the property to Kamehameha Schools and the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for education and affordable housing.

Pacific Links Hawaii, a company with operations run by Micah Kane, a Kamehameha Schools trustee and former DHHL director, is the buyer. Pacific Links and parent company Pacific Links International are wholly owned by Chinese entrepreneur and Canadian citizen Du Sha, founder of the 97-store Home World Group, based in China.

A purchase price was not disclosed by Stone or Pacific Links.

 The Simmonds information comes at the end of the story — and I was surprised to see that the company has some interesting courses already, including one of Pete Dye’s better designs:

Pacific Links CEO Bruce Simmonds is the founder of ClubLink, Canada’s largest owner and operator of golf clubs.

Pacific Links Hawaii, formerly known as Hawaiian Golf Properties, bought the Makaha West course in April 2011. The company also owns Kapolei Golf Course and operates the former Luana Hills course in Kailua, now known as Royal Hawaiian Golf Club.

Pacific Links also owns or controls the Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas, Pete Dye Golf Club in West Virginia, and is developing a 36-hole golf resort with high-end homes in Tianjin, China.

My understanding is that Thomas McBroom, the Canadian designer, is involved in the China project. The full story is here.

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