DALLAS – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Flite Golf, LLC (“Flite”) and Century Golf Partners (“Century Golf”) today announced a strategic partnership to provide turnkey technology and management solutions for golf courses and golf entertainment events based on the mainstream The attraction of “off-course” golf experiences.
As part of the alliance, Ken May strengthens the team as Senior Advisor. Mr. May has decades of successful management experience in various industries, as he was CEO of FedEx Office, Topgolf and Drive Shack. While at Topgolf, Mr. May led the company through a period of tremendous growth with the opening of 24 new golf entertainment events and quadrupling the company’s workforce.
The partnership between Flite and Century Golf combines superior golf entertainment technology with decades of successful golfing activities. Leveraging its patented and proprietary technology platform, Flite offers a robust suite of technologies that support all aspects of a technology-enabled golf course. As the owner or operator of nearly 50 golf courses across the country, Century Golf provides exceptional golf and hospitality experiences. Together they offer comprehensive design, technology and operational solutions for traditional golf courses as well as modern golf entertainment events.
“We spent a lot of time evaluating the golf entertainment industry and we quickly realized that Flite’s technology was distinctive and exceptional. By working together, we are able to combine world-class design and technology implementation with comprehensive management services, ”said Jim Hinckley, Founding Partner and CEO of Century Golf. “We are excited to work with the Flite team to deliver an unparalleled guest experience and we expect Ken May’s extensive experience to help us maximize success for the owners.”
“As we looked at our rapid expansion with traditional driving ranges and with developers entering the golf entertainment space, we knew we needed an operating partner who would complement our technical capabilities to create an unprecedented proposition,” said John Vollbrecht, CEO and founder of Flite. “Century Golf’s experience and reputation are second to none.”
“Having worked in the golf entertainment and operations industry for many years, I know exactly what it takes to be successful in this industry. The combination of exceptional management from Century Golf and cutting edge technology from Flite really excites me and has the potential to change the future of golf entertainment, ”said Ken May, strategic advisor and former CEO of Topgolf.
About Flite Golf
Flite Golf is a global golf entertainment company headquartered in Dallas, TX. Flite develops, implements, and supports the innovative solutions needed to achieve technology-enabled reach, whether on green grass or in a multi-million dollar entertainment venue. With its innovative next-gen games, course play and guest management software, Flite offers a complete technology solution for existing range operators as well as completely new venues that want to offer a contemporary golf entertainment experience. Flite is a turnkey solution that drives golf entertainment forward. To learn more, please visit www.flitegolf.com.
About Century Golf
Century Golf is the most experienced management team in the club and golf industry and has operated over 500 golf courses, golf resorts, country clubs, city clubs, stadiums and sports clubs. Century Golf owns and / or operates clubs and golf courses throughout the United States, including PGA WEST and the Citrus Club in La Quinta, CA and Walt Disney World Golf in Orlando, FL. The company has set up a golf entertainment division under the direction of Brian Birckbichler, a seasoned operations manager who previously worked for Topgolf and Drive Shack, to expand its operations. For more information, please visit www.centurygolf.com.