Corporate Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
Category: Course Management
Blake Walker, Chairman, CEO and President
Dirk Burghartz, President
Julian Potter, Chief Financial Officer
Arcis Golf is a privately held golf management company that is one of the largest owner-operators of golf facilities in the U.S. The company currently manages over 60 facilities and nearly 80 courses across a dozen states.
The Dallas-based company was established in March of 2013 and soon after acquired the Brightstar portfolio of golf courses to kickstart the company’s growth through acquisition. Arcis Golf aims to offer a memorable golf experiences for individuals and families at each of its properties.
Arcis Golf is known for innovative management, with a best-in-class leadership team that is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more relevant to today’s consumers. Over the past few years, Arcis Golf has invested more than $90 million in upgrades, amenities, training, and systems to maximize the growth and future success of its curated collection of lifestyle clubs — with award-winning clubhouse transformations, golf course renovations, and other upgrades.
Arcis Golf also participates in a number of philanthropic efforts. Most recently, the company extended its partnership for a fourth year with the Ernie Els, Els For Autism foundation. During the month of April, Arcis Golf facilities round up purchases on merchandise, food, beverage, and golf as well as run events such as golf tournaments, fun runs, and casino nights to raise money for the foundation.
“Our clubs, members, and guests are always proud to participate in efforts to support Els for Autism Foundation through the round-up campaign and hosted events,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Dallas-based Arcis Golf. “In addition to raising funds for the outstanding programs the foundation offers, we feel that this month-long initiative promotes awareness and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder.”
Arcis Golf is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC, a private-equity firm dedicated to making equity and debt investments in the real estate and leisure sectors. These strategic acquisitions have built and sustained Arcis Golf as a leader in upscale golf and lifestyle experiences. Its biggest purchase to date was 46 courses from CNL Lifestyle Properties for $306 million in 2014.
In addition to its course management practices, Arcis Golf also provides professional management services to third-party owners under its Arcis Advantage division.
Arcis maintains a heavy presence in its home state of Texas with around a quarter of its courses located in the state. The company also has a strong prescience in California, Arizona, Illinois, and Ohio. The Arcis portfolio contains private clubs, daily fee and resort courses.
Since entering the golf space, Arcis Golf has made a noteworthy splash with aggressive growth and a rapidly expanding course portfolio.
Financial backing from Fortress Investment Group, one of several private equity firms that invested in the golf industry after the Great Recession, helped fuel that momentum. But so too has a focus on lifestyle experiences at its facilities, with a special emphasis on enhanced off-course amenities.
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