St. James Plantation Gets New GM

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Ken Kosak

To say that Troon Golf veteran Ken Kosak has been a world traveler would be bit of an understatement. In 14 years, his career has spanned three continents with stops along the way in Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Puerto Rico. Now he returns to the United States as the new General Manager of The Clubs at St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina which garnered Troon’s “Facility of the Year” in 2013.

Ken, Troon’s “General Manager of the Year” in 2010 will oversee 4 legendary golf courses at St. James: Members Club designed by Hale Irwin, Nicklaus Design Reserve Club, Founder’s Club created P.B. Dye and the Players Club by acclaimed local architect Tim Cate; 81 holes of magnificent golf in one of the country’s most awe-inspiring landscapes for the sport.

St. James Plantation is a beautiful community and offers members and their guests with an unsurpassed experience on the courses and off, ” said Kosack, who was also named “Ambassador of the Year” by Troon Golf in 2007. ” All of my years spent around the world were magnificent and helped me immeasurably to develop into the manager I am today.”

Designated in 2012 as a Platinum Club of America, St. James Plantation is recognized as one of the top 4% of the nation’s  private clubs. All four of the golf courses are certified “Audubon Certified Sanctuaries” while 3;  Founders, Players and Members clubs have been named ‘Best Places to Play’ by Golf Digest. The private Reserve Club was named ‘Best New Course’ by the North Carolina Golf Panel in 2006.

Prior to his new appointment, Ken was Group General Manager at the Els Club in Kuala Lampur,  Operations Manager at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, home of the HSBC Championship, GM for Pearl Valley Golf Estates in Cape Winelands, South Africa, and Director of Club Operations for El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico.

“We are very pleased to add another top flight Troon General Manager to lead the operations team at St. James Plantation. With Ken’s leadership experience and his proven track record, we expect a seamless transition for our associates and membership,” said Jay Atkinson, representing the owners of St. James. St. James Planation is the #1 selling community in Coastal Carolina, and with the Troon managed Clubs, an oceanfront beach club, and a full service Marina, it offers its residents lifestyle opportunities that are unmatched in the area. For more information visit

The Clubs at St. James Plantation are managed by the private club division, Troon Prive’. Members enjoy reciprocal play at more than 30 Prive’ clubs around the world as well as preferred rates at Troon Golf managed daily fee and resort properties. To learn more go to

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Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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