Stephen Johnston
Chartered Accountant

Global Golf Advisors

Professional Qualifications

  • Chartered Accountant

Credentials to Serve the Golf Industry

  • Stephen is President/Principal of Global Golf
    Advisors Inc. (formerly National Director
    KPMG’s Golf Industry Practice).
  • Assignments have included United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Slovakia, Panama.
  • Collects operational data for all aspects of the golfing industry
    across North America (Golf Diagnostic Study).
  • Has completed numerous member surveys and long range strategic plans for private golf clubs across North America.
  • Has completed numerous golf course feasibility studies and business plans for provincial governments and municipalities pertaining to the golf industry.
  • Has prepared prospectuses for equity and other not-for-profit clubs.
  • Through years of experience, has successfully implemented an expanded range of services to assist the North American Golf Industry and beyond.
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  • Past President, Beacon Hall Golf Club -Involved with the project from the beginning, i.e. member of executive board of directors, involved with contract negotiations regarding road infrastructure, design and building of golf course, clubhouse and condominium development.
  • Scratch golfer former golf professional
  • 49 holes in one (number one in Canada)
  • #5 of the National Post’s “Top 25 Powerbrokers in Canadian Golf”
  • BoardRoom Magazine’s Best Strategic Plan Firm Award – 2004

Hospitality and Real Estate Practice

  • Stephen has written numerous articles on golf operations and prepared business plans for hotel golf resorts.


  • He currently is Editor of our Annual Newsletter "FORE“.

Lectured at:

  • International Hospitality Conference
  • Club Managers Association of America Conference
  • Canadian Society of General Managers Conference
  • National Golf Owners Association (US and Canada) Conferences
  • NGCOA Mid-West Owners Conferences
  • NGCOA Ohio Golf Summit
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Conferences
  • Ontario Golf Association
  • Canadian Golf Foundation
  • Urban Land Institute Conferences
  • Crittenden Golf Inc. Conferences
  • Canadian International Turfgrass Conference
  • Participated in inaugural Play Golf Summit & Strategy Conference

Quoted in the following publications:

  • PGA Magazine
  • McLeans Magazine
  • Globe & Mail
  • Toronto Star
  • Score Magazine
  • Golf Business Canada Magazine
  • Golf Business U.S. Magazine
  • Montreal Gazette
  • Golfing Magazine
  • Golf Digest Magazine
  • CA Magazine
  • Guest appearances Acura World of Golf
  • Guest on Garth Turner’s Investment TV

Ranker of golf courses for various golf magazines

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