"We will look for requests for proposals from municipalities in densely populated areas," said Mark Friedman, senior vice president and general counsel. "Our sweet spot is in the private club market as well as in the municipal golf market where we can operate clubs."

American Golf remains one of the largest golf course owners and operators in the country, even after the sale of nearly 25 percent of its courses. Courses sold were located throughout the country, with most located in Ohio, the Chicago area and Arizona. The properties changed hands as American Golf owners Goldman Sachs & Co. and Starwood Capital Group were considering the sale of the entire company.

"They are four years into their investment and elected to maintain ownership in the company, but trim the portfolio and exit non-core markets," said Friedman.

Play Ball

The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the World Series champion Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game before the start of next year's baseball season. However, the players on the field aren't the only people the Dodgers are bringing from Boston.

The team hired Dr. Charles Steinberg as its chief marketing officer. He served in that position for the Red Sox for the past six years before taking the position with the Dodgers. Steinberg worked for the Baltimore Orioles for 19 seasons and the San Diego Padres for seven seasons before joining the Red Sox organization.

The move comes as the team signed Dennis Mannion as chief operating officer, a position vacated by Marty Greenspun. Greenspun, who worked with the Yankees prior to joining the Dodgers in 2004, announced his resignation on the same day that the team hired former Yankees manager Joe Torre.

Staff reporter David Nusbaum can be reached at (323) 549-5225, ext. 236, or at dnusbaum@labusinessjournal.com.


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