Drive Shack Closed for Business

Drive Shack is an entertainment business featuring "golf and a good time" where you can expect three levels of cutting-edge interactive golf, chef-inspired food options, multiple bar and lounge areas, a retro arcade, and space for big and small events, has announced it is closing due to an abundance of concern due to the coronavirus.

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – Drive Shack Inc., has temporarily closed each of its Drive Shack venues and the majority of its American Golf courses as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Over the past several weeks, we have been navigating the rapidly evolving situation related to the Covid-19 outbreak, keeping the health and safety of our associates, managers and guests top-of-mind. Like other venue operators across the country, we have been forced to take immediate action in the most difficult of ways,” said Hana Khouri, chief executive officer and president of Drive Shack.

Alongside the venue and course closures, Khouri said Drive Shack has furloughed “nearly all’’ venue level hourly associates and managers, along with a significant number of the corporate team, with the expectation that each will be able to return to their existing positions when operations resume.

The majority of the company’s golf courses – some owned by most managed by American Golf are located in California and New York, two of the states hardest hit by the virus.

Drive Shack employs more than 4,500 people in the U.S., most of whom are hourly-wage employees. The company reported a loss of $67 million in 2019. Its stock price hit a 52-week low of 86 cents per share this past March 19.

Topgolf – Drive Shack’s larger rival – also has closed venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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