A global firm with local market understanding

GGA has a strong and proven reputation for helping its clients maximize the performance of club and golf related assets in order to realize specific club lifestyle or investment objectives. The wide-ranging disciplines and expert training of our professionals enable us to provide valuable assistance in all aspects of golf, private club, real estate and resort-related businesses.


GGA began in 1992 as the specialist Golf Industry Practice at KPMG, a major international accounting and consulting firm, based in Toronto, Canada.

Founding partner Stephen Johnston coordinated the separation of the practice from KPMG in 2006, creating a boutique consulting firm known as Global Golf Advisors (GGA).


Since 1992, we have provided industry-leading advisory services to more than 3,000 clients worldwide including Private Clubs, Hotels and Resorts, Residential Golf Communities, Developers and Homebuilders, Government Agencies and Municipalities, Financial Institutions, Investors and Lenders, Fund and Asset Managers, and many other businesses and associations that serve the club and golf industries.


The success of our clients is paramount. Everything we do is client centric, satisfaction oriented and on-time.

GGA is built on the foundation of excellence in professional services, borne of the international accounting and consulting firm KPMG, one of the four largest and most successful accounting firms in the world. GGA will always strive for excellence and uphold the highest standards of professional service and integrity.

GGA is truly a global firm with local market understanding. Our global reach and experience allows GGA to share unique best practices and creative thinking with our clients. We help interpret and tweak these best practices and “out of the box” concepts for specific application to each client’s unique financial, market and operational circumstances.

Through our diverse portfolio and extensive research initiatives, GGA has accumulated highly valuable industry-specific data and key performance attributes related to the successful management of clubs throughout the world. Combined with experience, this knowledge consistently delivers value to our clients.



We help our clients solve their toughest problems by taking a 360-degree view of their businesses and developing a strategic plan that integrates best practices and establishes benchmarks for success.

The financial data we have collected for more than 3,000 golf courses around the globe has helped us create industry-specific benchmark information that we apply on our clients’ behalf. Supported by the latest technologies, our team members analyze this micro-economic financial data, develop accurate and meaningful comparable sets for each assignment and extrapolate valuable insights and key learnings with respect to best practices.


We help clients understand the consequences of any recommended course of action, intended or otherwise. To make certain that the strategy delivers the solutions that our clients expect, we stay involved. That way we help ensure ongoing success.