Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey, United States: Rudy Anderson, a 42-year veteran of the international golf and private club industry, has announced his departure from Pacific Links International.
As Chief Executive Officer of its global activities outside of China, Anderson has led the development of the Pacific Links International since 2016.
From his initial appointment to the company in 2011 to this year, Anderson has continually advanced the global partnerships, resources and initiatives focused on creating world’s largest reciprocal golf network.
“Overall, it’s been a fantastic experience with countless memories that are among the best in my life,” said Anderson, reflecting on his tenure at Pacific Links. “I’m especially grateful for the multi-national team we created and the incredible support they provided over the years, the mentorship of Du Sha (Founder and Chairman of Pacific Links), and all the golf industry contacts I’ve
had the pleasure of engaging in all corners of the world. These friendships are my greatest accomplishment.”
Until the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pacific Links International had been successful as a membership-based service organisation, which connects golf members in China with golf clubs in partnership with Pacific Links through organised outbound travel.
Pacific Links’ network of affiliated and reciprocal golf courses grew to over 500 properties located in 52 countries, with many located in gateway cities and resort destinations with its membership count in China exceeding 20,000.
A former Vice-President of the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF), Anderson’s plans for the future include remaining engaged in the industry while also enjoying some leisure time.
Anderson’s career has also included 23 years with ClubCorp where his responsibilities while living in Asia, Europe and the United States included corporate oversight of club acquisitions, regional operations and direct management of world-class clubs and resorts.
Over the course of his career, he has transacted more than US$700 million in golf course assets. Golf Inc. Magazine ranked him in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as one of the ‘25 Most Powerful People in Golf’.
His accomplishments and impact were regular subject material for industry publications. He has been a regular speaker and contributor at industry conferences around the world.
As well as his links with the AGIF, Anderson has been active in the Society of International Business Fellows, the Club Management Association of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association.
Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Rudy has made an enormous contribution to the Asian golf industry over many years. We thank him, in particular, for his support during his time as a Board member and Vice-President of the Federation.”