Troon®, the leader in providing golf and club-related leisure and hospitality services, has been appointed by Highgate, the new operator of Salgados in Portugal, to manage Salgados Golf Club in Albufeira, Algarve. Troon International will oversee golf operations, agronomy and marketing for the course set along Portugal’s Atlantic Ocean coastline.
Salgados Golf Club is an 18-hole par-72 layout originally designed by Pedro Vasconcelos in 1994 and renovated by renowned landscape architect Álvaro Mano in 2012. Set against the stunning natural backdrop of the Algarve Coast and located near Salgados Beach and Salgados Lagoon Nature Reserve, golf holes are flanked by multiple water features, making accuracy key for golfers. With multiple surrounding hotel partners including Salgados Palace, Salgados Dunas Suites and Salgados Palm Village, Salgados Golf Club is a popular choice for local golfers and tourists. The course is also globally recognized as the first golf course – and one of the few in Portugal – to use recycled water for 100 percent of its irrigation needs.
Spearheading the transition of Salgados joining the Troon family is Troon Senior Vice President, Ricardo Catarino. Catarino, a Portuguese native, brings 30-plus years of expertise from Troon’s Florida office. He has been instrumental in securing this exciting partnership between Highgate and Troon.
“Troon is delighted to be back in Portugal,” said Catarino. “Salgados is an extremely busy facility and we look forward to working with the existing team to enhance all areas, leveraging Troon’s expertise for the benefit of Salgados, its guests, associates, and ultimately to achieve the goals of our owner-partners.”
In January 2023, Highgate, a leading hotel management, investment, and development company, announced the launch of HG Portugal, a portfolio of 18 hotels spanning Algarve, Lisbon, Porto, and several other markets throughout the country. Highgate brings to the Portugal market global experience as an owner/operator in leisure destination markets as well as in branded, lifestyle, and city-center hotels, and adds distinct value to its managed hotels through a platform designed to optimize operational efficiencies, distribution, and hotel concept development.
On the appointment of Troon, Alexandre Solleiro, CEO Highgate Portugal shared, “At Salgados, we’re creating an unparalleled resort destination – comprised of three hotels and a world-class conference center. With the addition of Salgados Golf Club, in partnership Troon, we look forward to expanding the potential of these assets.”
DJ Flanders, Senior Vice President of Troon International, commented, “We are delighted to be entrusted by Highgate to bringing this club to new levels through enhanced course conditions, operational service excellence, and Troon’s sales and marketing resources to aid financial performance.”
Troon has been organically expanding on the Iberian Peninsula over the past couple of years, with Salgados joining Las Colinas Golf & Country Club in Alicante, Spain; Aloha Golf Club in Marbella, Málaga, Spain; and Finca Cortesin in Casares, Málaga, Spain.
Highgate is a leading global real estate investment and hospitality management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in major U.S. gateway cities including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu, with a growing footprint in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The hospitality forward company provides expert guidance through all stages of the property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition. Highgate has a proven record of developing its diverse portfolio of bespoke lifestyle hotel brands, legacy brands, and independent hotels and resorts with contemporary programming and digital acumen. The company utilizes industry-leading revenue management tools that efficiently identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, Waikiki, London and Lisbon. www.highgate.com
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 820-plus locations, including 840-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com, TroonMagazine.com or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, and via The Turn Podcast.