Toronto, Canada: Pacific Links International (PLI) is celebrating an outstanding start to 2018, having experienced significant growth to its number of participating Network Clubs in recent months.
The number of Pacific Links Network Clubs situated across North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and Southeast Asia has increased by almost 100 properties year-to-date and now totals more than 300 clubs across 32 countries.
As a result, a total of approximately 120,000 golfers are now able to enjoy access at some of the world’s finest golfing venues. They will do so to an even greater extent in the future as Pacific Links plans to further expand its affiliate network to encompass 500 properties.
Contributing to this expansion has been an agreement with US-based Arcis Golf, whereby members of Pacific Links Network Clubs will receive access to Arcis Golf properties which comprises 50-plus golf clubs, including The Oaks at Valencia in California; LPGA International, Florida; Cowboys Golf Club, Texas; Raven Golf Club, Phoenix; and The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Washington.
Likewise, Arcis members will be welcome to play at clubs within the Pacific Links Golf Network, which include: Evian Resort Golf Club, France; Laguna National Golf & Country Club, Singapore; Dragon Ridge CC, Las Vegas; and Quinta Do Lago, Portugal.
Additionally, as French golf gets set to celebrate its first staging of the Ryder Cup in September, PLI has also added eight of Paris’ finest golfing venues to its portfolio through an agreement with UGolf, providing further opportunities for members of Network Clubs to experience golf in new and exciting destinations.
“We are delighted with our progress so far in 2018 and look back proudly upon a very fast start to the year,” said Rudy Anderson, President of Pacific Links International, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“A number of international partnerships have allowed us to extend new opportunities to the members of Network Clubs to play golf in some of the most exciting destinations worldwide. Our recent growth is testament to the acceptance of our network model among ownership groups and golf club management, and current momentum shows potential for further growth as we continue to add value to their memberships.”
Pierre-André Uhlen, CEO of UGolf, said: “It is with great excitement that we begin our relationship with Pacific Links International, which will provide our members with the chance to play golf all over the world at more than 300 outstanding facilities. We also look forward to welcoming members who may be travelling here in this landmark Ryder Cup year and allowing them to experience golf in France for the first time.”
In addition to more than 300 Network Clubs, PLI also provides outstanding golf experiences to its Asia-based membership group which has also seen an increase in 2018. Since January 1, its International Membership has grown by more than 1,500 golfers to reach 13,000, representing growth of 14% in five months.
As the desire for international travel among its high-net-worth membership swells, PLI has increased the size of its 24-hour Travel Department accordingly.
In 2017 alone, it organised and escorted 449 groups to almost every corner of the globe, with 4,689 members and guests playing golf in the likes of Spain and Abu Dhabi, experiencing new cultures along the way. Members also set foot on the fairways in Germany and Austria for the first time, whilst others visited Augusta National in Georgia for the 2018 Masters Tournament.
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