News



June 2017

A private equity investor with private country club holdings has retained MG&H to advise them on asset valuation and sale negotiation.

April 2017


Morningstar has been retained by the City of Palm Coast, Florida to oversee management transition and comprehensive business planning for the Palm Harbor Golf Course as well as the city's tennis center.

In addition, Morningstar has been hired by The Concession Golf Club located in Bradenton, FL to provide operational and strategic planning services to this award-winning exclusive private club.

February 2017


Morningstar has been retained by a private lender to provide an operational audit and analysis of a high quality private country club.

November 2016

Morningstar's turn-around of The Wanderers Club is named among "Most Improved Golf Courses" by GolfInc. Magazine.  Click HERE

October 2016

Morningstar was selected by Forbes Magazine to provide golf course and country club valuation services in support of its annual Forbes 400 edition, evaluating the US golf holdings of Donald Trump.

Mornigstar is pleased to announce the hiring of Ms. Kelley Nigra to serve as Food and Beverage Manager at Bensalem Township CC.  Kelley boasts an accomplished carrer in hospitality management, including most recently F&B Manager at Tallamore CC.  At Bensalem CC Kelley will lead the team in growing the business volume as well as elevating service levels at this facility under MG&H's management.

August 2016

MG&H was selected by the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club located in Saratoga Springs, NY to provide advisory services in the area of membership research and planning.

June 2016

MG&H was selected by the Township of Bensalem, PA to manage the food and beverage facilities at the Bensalem Country Club under a muti-year agreement to implement marketing and operational strategies developed by the Morningstar team.

April 2016

Two multi-year management contract projects with the objective of improving the clubs' net income in preparation for eventual sale by the client were sold for a combined gross selling price in excess of $78 million.

February 2016

Congratulations to our own Golden Oaks GC for being named in the Top 25 in the USA for off-course amenities by Golf Advisor.  Read more at: http://www.golfadvisor.com/articles/top-25-off-course-amenities-2015-15655.htm

February 2016

MG&H was selected by the Township of Bensalem, PA to conduct an operational business audit and analysis of Bensalem Golf Club to identify revenue growth and expense management opportunities.

January 2016

MG&H was selected by a private real estate investment fund to provide acquisitions due diligence in connection with their acquisition of a multi-state portfolio of public golf courses and country clubs.


November 2015

Toll Brothers, Inc., the nation's leader in high-end residential production housing, unveiled its marketing program for The Enclave at Shackamaxon.  The housing project, situated within the A.W. Tillinghast-designed Shackamaxon CountryClub, is an age restricted community of 56 townhomes.  MG&H's Matthew Galvin was instumental in negotiating the required governmental approvals, sale and development of this parcel to greatly enhance the value of the country club.  More information on the project can be found at:  https://www.tollbrothers.com/luxury-homes-for-sale/New-Jersey/Enclave-at-Shackamaxon


August 2015

MG&H was selected by the city of East Orange, NJ to provide assistance with the issuance of a Request For Proposals for the city's golf course located in Short Hills, NJ.  The golf course is undergoing a complete renovation and will reopen in 2016.  MG&H's services focus on emilinating financial and operating risks to taxpayers by outsourcing food service and pro shop operations.


July 2015

MG&H was selected by the ownership of Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood, PA to oversee all aspects of the semi-private club's operations under a multi-year management contract.  MG&H joint ventured certain aspects of this project with Raspberry Golf Management, based in Leesburg, VA as part of a multi-property investment and management initiative between the two firms.  LaMott Smith, a principal of RGM and MG&H's Matthew Galvin have collaborated on projects for more than 20 years and look forward to adding Golden Oaks to their list of success stories. 


April 2015

MG&H was selected by the member-ownership of Yardley Country Club to oversee the club's transition from third-party management to self-management, under the operational guidance from MG&H's staff.


December 2014

MG&H was selected by the ownership of Paramount Country Club to provide due diligence and business planning services in connection with their purchase of Edgewood Country Club located in Rivervale, New Jersey.


July 2014

MG&H was retained by a leading multi-course owner / operator to provide strategic planning services in connection with the placement and structuring of a multi-million dollar debt and equity investment. 


May 2014

Morningstar Golf & Hospitality was selected by the City of Brigantine Beach, New Jersey to provide advisory services in connection with the development and offering of a request for proposals to lease and operate the Links at Brigantine Beach Golf Course.  The principals of MG&H have provided similar services to state and local governments seeking to privatize their golf courses and protect taxpayers from the financial risks associated with operating golf facilities.


May 2014

MG&H's Matthew Galvin met with members of New Jersey's delegation to Congress as part of National Golf Day.  Along with a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners, including Jack Nicklaus, Galvin visited Capitol Hill for the seventh annual National Golf Day to showcase golf’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact, environmental value to local communities and fitness benefits.

Golf’s leaders met with Members of Congress throughout the day to share stories about the game’s almost 15,000 diverse, small businesses, which employ more than two million people and provide $55.6 billion in annual wage income. In addition, industry executives discussed golf courses’ positive influences on ecology, tax revenues and tourism. They even explained how walking 18 holes can burn 2,000 calories.

Organizations participating included the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America (PGA), PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.

National Golf Day featured a day-long exhibit in the Cannon Caucus Room with live lessons for Members of Congress and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel, and LPGA Professional Dana Rader. Special exhibits and activities included a “Closest to the Pin” contest utilizing an aboutGolf simulator; state-of-the-art swing analysis from GolfTEC; Birdie Ball, the latest at-home training technology; and a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge.”

National Golf Day 2014 - Group Photo


March 2014

Morningstar Golf & Hospitality was selected by Forbes magazine to provide expert analysis of golf related assets held by candidates for the 2014 Forbes 400 list.  Our evaluations covered private country clubs, daily fee golf courses and resort golf courses from Scotland to five US states from New York to California.  This was the fourth year in which Morningstar or its principals provided Forbes with golf asset analysis for the annual article.


February 2014

Matthew Galvin is elected president of the National Golf Course Owner's Association.  Full story via the following link:  http://www.golfbusiness.com/article.aspx?id=2853&bq=6yfv%5Eg433$

 

Matthew Galvin will be presenting: "Getting Unstuck: How to Reboot Your Course and Your Finances - ways to restructure your existing debt and membership structure" at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida.  Joining him will be Jerry Hinckley of Leisure Financial Group and Van Tengberg, Esq. of Foley & Lardner, LLP.  http://www.ngcoa.org/ac2014/