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» Featured Columnists | By Scott Kauffman | January 13, 2011 12:09 PM ET

Billy Casper Golf to Manage Fernandina Beach Golf Club

(AMELIA ISLAND, FL) -- Billy Casper Golf (BCG) -- owner and operator of more than 120 golf courses, country clubs and resorts throughout America-- has been selected to manage Fernandina Beach Golf Club on this barrier island 25 miles north of Jacksonville, Fla.

The engagement increases Billy Casper's portfolio to 10 courses in Florida and 17 in the Southeast.

At Fernandina Beach Golf Club -- home to two of northeast Florida's most popular amateur golf tournaments, the June Invitational and Ace Reynolds Four Ball -- the firm will oversee all aspects of operations, marketing and public relations, staffing and training, merchandising, clubhouse food and beverage, financial management, golf instruction and special events.

"Billy Casper Golf is adept at managing all aspects of back-of-the-house and onsite operations," says Michael Czymbor, City Manager of Fernandina Beach. "Thanks to our new partner, area golfers will enjoy even better conditions on 27 wonderful holes, taking even greater pride in playing time and again."

"Paying keen attention to detail will ensure Fernandina Beach Golf Club is further recognized as a local favorite," says Peter Hill, Billy Casper chairman and chief executive officer. "Golfers will realize the Billy Casper Golf difference in the short-term."

BCG will enroll Fernandina Beach Golf Club in the Audubon International "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" program, ensuring high standards protecting the environment and preserving the natural heritage of golf. Results include efficiencies in maintenance, insurance premiums, energy, water, pesticides, fertilizer, equipment wear and labor.

Fernandina Beach Golf Club -- located in the second oldest city in the United States -- features 27 distinctive holes consisting of North, West and South nine-hole layouts of varied difficulty and design. At par-35 and 3,094 yards, the North nine is the oldest course on Amelia Island, opening in 1956. The championship-length West course's No. 2 hole is its signature, a par-5 monster measuring 607 yards from the tips. The South nine was the last to open in 1972 and is considered the most scenic. With generous fairways and native foliage outlining each hole, all three nines provide relaxing and enjoyable environments.

A comprehensive practice area with a grass driving range and putting green helps golfers hone their games. Group and individual lessons are available through PGA-certified golf instructors. Opened in 2000, the well-appointed clubhouse includes a fully-stocked pro shop, restaurant and banquet facilities for up to 200 guests.

Jumeirah to Manage Jumeirah Anguilla Resort

(ANGUILLA, BRITISH WEST INDIES) -- Jumeirah, the Dubai-based luxury hotel group and member of Dubai Holding, has signed a management agreement with Conch Bay Development Ltd, the development company owned by the Kentish and Lake families, to operate a luxury resort hotel and luxury resort residences here in the Caribbean. The project will be coordinated by PN Holdings LLC, an entity formed by companies affiliated with Robert A. Petrallia and golfer Jack Nicklaus.

On completion the Jumeirah Anguilla Resort project will consist of a 140-room Jumeirah luxury hotel with a spacious spa, conference facilities and beach clubs, as well as 460 residential units, which will also be managed by Jumeirah. Renowned golfer Jack Nicklaus has designed a championship 18-hole "Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course" for the Jumeirah Anguilla Resort. His Signature Course runs along a magnificent stretch of oceanfront property with several holes playing to or along the water. The course offers spectacular views across the sea to the beautiful peaks of St. Maarten.

Situated on 370 acres of beachfront and beach view on the south side of Anguilla, the Jumeirah Anguilla Resort has been designed to express Jumeirah's global brand promise to 'Stay Different' with imaginative architecture, exhilarating ocean views, thoughtful and generous service and a commitment to creating memorable, culturally relevant experiences for its guests. It is expected that the resort will open in the next three years.

Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Anguilla covers 91 kilometers and has a population of approximately 13,500.

Jumeirah Group operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including some of the best hotels in the world. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes the Burj Al Arab Dubai hotel, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Madinat Jumeirah hotel in Dubai. Additionally, the organization runs Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living, the spa brand Talise, Jumeirah Restaurants, Wild Wadi Waterpark and The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.

Conch Bay Development Ltd is an Anguillan Company that owns and manages the Conch Bay development project. The company is run by Joyce Kentish and George Lake, members of two prominent Anguillian families who have owned the property that forms the core of the project for over 100 years.

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