Troon adds two courses, Calif. and Mo.

Troon Golf recently announced the addition of two courses — Marin Country Club in Novato, Calif., and Payne Stewart Golf Club in Branson, Mo. The world’s largest management company oversees operations at properties located in 31 states and 24 countries.

Marin Country Club is a private club that was recently remodeled with reconfigured bunkers and new greens. It includes an 18-hole golf course, indoor/outdoor golf training facility, fitness center, four tennis courts, and three pools. It will join Troon’s Privé division of private clubs, which is run by Jim McLaughlin.

“Changing from a traditional, stand-alone general manager to a professional management team is what our club decided it needed to provide a world-class experience to our membership,” stated Megen Lawler, president of the board of directors.

The club caters to members at all levels — family members, couples, empty-nesters, and retirees.

Payne Stewart Golf Club was designed by architect Chuck Smith and PGA professional Bobby Clampett, as a tribute to the Stewart who was a Missouri native. Each hole on the golf course is accompanied by a unique story from Stewart’s life and career to celebrate what mattered to him the most – golf, family, good times and friends.

“Payne Stewart Golf Club is a first-rate facility that is unlike any club in the country,” stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president, operations, Troon Golf.

Clubhouse amenities at Payne Stewart Golf Club include a sports bar called “Many Faces of Payne,” featuring memorabilia of Stewart’s professional and personal life.


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