January 1, 2012

Golf Range Association of America Changes Hands

Great Golf Resorts of the World, Inc. (GGRW, Inc.) completes asset transaction with Big Idea Golf (B.I.G.) Inc. and Big Sport Investments, Inc.

GGRW, Inc. announced today that it acquired certain assets of B.I.G. including the name, brand and trademarks of the Golf Range Association of America and Golf Range Magazine.

GGRW, Inc. is the golf industry’s leading trade publication and marketing content company through exclusive industry relationships with The PGA of America and others. The company’s various marketing and publishing content platforms allow PGA Professionals and other industry leaders and manufacturers to achieve greater success at golf facilities around the world, in both on and off-course retail establishments, on-line and elsewhere. GGRW, Inc. publishes and manages PGA Magazine, PGA Membership & Golf Directory, PGA Merchandise Show Dailies, PGAmagazine.com, PGA Ambassador Programs, PGA Best Practices e-mails, PGA Merchandisers of the Year Conference, PGA Professionals of the Year Conference, PGA Magazine Clubfitting Conference, PGA Magazine Mentoring & Coaching Summit.

In addition, GGRW, Inc. is a co-owner and manager with Reed Exhibitions of the industry’s largest and most important outdoor trade demo day, Demo Day at the PGA Merchandise Show, and the publisher of the Metropolitan Golf Association’s consumer magazine: The Met Golfer.

“My team and I are very pleased to complete the asset purchase agreement with Steve DiCostanzo, President of B.I.G. We believe we are ideally positioned to build upon Steve’s 18 years of golf range leadership under the Golf Range Association of America and Golf Range Magazine banners,” said Richard K. Summers, Chairman of GGRW, Inc. “We look forward to hearing from and listening closely to the thousands of golf range industry owners, teachers and business leaders and learning from them – to allow us to design and implement enhanced programs and platforms that can lead to more golfers, having more fun, at more successful golf ranges across America.”

“I am excited to be able to hand off the brands that I have helped build to a company that understands so well the business side of golf at the grass roots level and the critical role that golf ranges play in introducing new players to the game.  Simply stated, the game of golf needs golf ranges,” said Steve Di Costanzo.  “Through the years, GGRW, Inc. has demonstrated time and again that it is both committed to the long term good of the game and to finding creative solutions to help its readers and customers become more successful at what they do.  I look forward to working with Rick and his team to make sure the transition is smooth and beneficial for all.”

Media Contact:
Patrick Cherry, General Manager