Troon Partnership Acquires NorthRiver Yacht Club in Alabama

Troon, the leader in golf course management, led a partnership to acquire NorthRiver Yacht Club, a private club located on the banks of Lake Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa. Honours Golf, a division of Troon, has managed NorthRiver since 2012. The Yacht Club will now serve as a training and education center for college students as Troon & Honours Golf work closely with the University of Alabama’s Restaurant, Hotel and Meetings Management Program to develop future golf and hospitality industry leaders.

“NorthRiver is a tremendous multi-amenity facility that will allow us to develop and train students from the University of Alabama’s hospitality program in a variety of disciplines,” said Dana Garmany, Chairman & CEO, Troon. “Members and guests of NorthRiver will continue to experience the same incredible service, playing conditions and amenities that they have all along.”

“The Hospitality Management program at Alabama welcomes the opportunity to partner with Troon’s CEO Dana Garmany, a University of Alabama program graduate, and NorthRiver Yacht Club,” said Dr. Milla Boschung, Dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences. “Being nationally recognized, the hospitality program will work closely with Troon and NorthRiver to place students for internships in club management operations and provide professional support to continue to make NorthRiver a premiere club, golf destination and launching pad for many future golf and hospitality careers.”

NorthRiver Yacht Club’s 18 hole, par 72 golf course was originally designed by Gary Player in 1979 and redone by Bob Cupp in 1999. In 2015 Cupp oversaw the complete redesign and renovation of North River, which maintains the area’s best practice facility, two practice greens, a ‘wee-links’ mini course, and a first class short game area as well as a state-of-the-art teaching center.

“We continue to see tremendous global growth in the club and hospitality industry,” said Bob Barrett, CEO of Honours Golf. “With its location just down the road from the University of Alabama, NorthRiver presents an excellent training ground to grow well-qualified individuals to work at facilities Troon manages around the world.”

The NorthRiver Tennis Center boasts 11 tennis courts, including four hydro-clay, four har-tru, two hard and one red clay for a variety of play. The club’s thriving tennis program offers instruction and competition to members of all skill levels and interest.

In addition to an incredible golf course and a unique tennis complex, NorthRiver Yacht Club members also enjoy a variety of club amenities, including:

  • A state-of-the-art Fitness Center with a message therapist, an indoor/outdoor heated pool, and a 50 meter Olympic-size pool with full cabana service.
  • A 76-slip marina on Lake Tuscaloosa
  • Lakeside dining and Special event area at “The Captain’s Cabin”
  • NorthRiver clubhouse offers members a choice of fine dining overlooking the 18th hole or casual dining in The Grille at NorthRiver
  • A fully stocked golf pro shop, plus men’s and women’s locker rooms
  • The two story Yacht Club building is one of the most sought after wedding venues in the area

For more information visit or call 205-343-4581.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon is the world’s largest golf management company with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. It also specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Prive’ and Troon International in 36 states and 31 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. For additional information visit golf

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