If there was any doubt regarding the quality of the new owners team at the Grand Club, throw those thoughts in the dumper.
The Golf Group Management Corp. LLC, which is buying the Cypress, Pine and Matanzas courses in Palm Coast, is made up of first-class people, most of whom I’ve known personally for many years. I’ve already written about Frank Vignati, Bill Tully, Stephen Drew, Kim Pepe, Harry Angle and Craig Ranciato.
But when I last wrote of all names in the Golf Group Management Corp. LLC, I admitted to not knowing one unidentified name in Connecticut.
In a matter of one day, he wrote back saying, “I wanted to introduce myself and let you know that I am the Connecticut partner/investor owner and will be the CFO.”
He is Brian Malanson and wrote: “We appreciate the positive press and are very excited about the opportunity to acquire the clubs. We have complete confidence that we will successfully manage and grow the business for the good of its employees, members, golf players and the community of Palm Coast.”
On another note, Mike Tsouklaris, the very well liked PGA pro in charge at Cypress, has been promoted to director of golf, and that includes all golf courses under The Golf Group Management LLC banner.
More good news is that Membership Director Dora Garcia will remain in her present post. That news alone made a full load of members breathe with a sigh of delight.
I wrote many weeks ago that this buying group was solid and the deal would go down when many or most spoke of failure.
Now golfers of Palm Coast will see an ownership group that is determined to bring an administration that is the equal to or better than ITT, the original builder of both golf and Palm Coast itself.