Troon Golf to oversee Freeman golf courses


For decades, the Carl M. Freeman Companies has been affiliated with some of the area’s most prominent, award-winning, affluent communities and neighborhood shopping centers. Since their establishment, they have also put their name on some of the region’s top golf courses, and now, they’re getting some assistance from the best in the biz. Last month, Carl M. Freeman announced their partnership with Troon Golf, the largest golf management company in the world, overseeing operations at clubs and resorts in 30 states and 23 countries.

“We were quite impressed with the level of service they provide,” noted Doug Brown, vice president of Carl M. Freeman Companies, “and their overall knowledge in running courses and the golf industry. We are developers, and we do that well. Troon is at the top when it comes to managing courses.”

Carl M. Freeman Companies currently owns two courses in Delaware – Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville and Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View – and The Bay Club, in Berlin, Md.

“We are honored to have been selected by Carl M. Freeman Companies to manage three outstanding properties located in unique and desirable locations,” stated Tim Schantz, executive vice president of business development for Troon Golf, in a press release. “We are confident that our management practices will contribute positively to the distinct experience found at Bayside Resort Golf Club, Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club and The Bay Club.”

Additionally, Troon Golf, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., manages 45 facilities that have received a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Among Troon Golf’s properties are Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany, Italy, Brookwater Golf & Country Club in Queensland, Australia, and La Quinta Golf & Country Club in Spain.

This is not Troon’s first venture in the First State or Maryland, as their management is affiliated with Millsboro’s Peninsula Golf and Country Club, Fieldstone Golf Club in Greenville and Aston Pointe Country Club in Cecil County, Md., as well.

“We have chosen Troon Golf to manage our operations because they share our desire to be the best,” noted Michael Reilly, chief operating officer and executive vice president for Carl M. Freeman Companies. “Troon Golf provides superior operational efficiencies paired with a focus on customer experiences that is second to none.”

Joshua Freeman, the late president of Carl M. Freeman Companies, was an avid golfer, himself, and helped envision much of the business’ golf development.

“Going back to the early 2000’s,” said Brown, “Josh always enjoyed golf. But since his untimely death and the downturn in the economy, we at Freeman Companies realized that we’re not true golf course operators. We brought Troon in to bring the experience they exert to the customers. They have a huge hospitality background, and what they bring is very important to the people we serve.”

While golf course development isn’t something that Carl M. Freeman plans to pursue in the near future, Brown said the company is pleased with the courses they have brought to the area.

“We’re not looking to grow as golf course operators,” he explained. “The market grew over time, and we became overfilled with golf course communities, nationwide and certainly locally. With all of the golf courses in the area, it has become a tough industry. Fortunately, now, people have the luxury of playing many great courses. We still retained the head golf pros that have been with us. We are closely associated with people who deliver good product, and we look to build on that.”