Chris Charnas specializes in the brokerage of golf courses, golf resorts and golf course communities. His experience includes sales, development, financing, feasibility, valuation and consulting on public, private and municipal golf courses. He has substantial experience working on distressed deals both public and private. Mr. Charnas founded Links Capital Advisors in March of 2008 prior to that he was a Director with Cushman & Wakefield’s Golf Group which he started in September 2000. He has closed on golf courses with an aggregate value in excess of $200 million.
In 2006, Mr. Charnas completed the sale of a 6 golf course portfolio for Crown Golf Properties. Among the projects he has brokered the sale of are the prestigious Valencia Country Club, site of the 1998 Nissan Open, and Kemper Lakes Golf Course, home of the 1989 PGA Championship. The Kemper Lakes transaction represented the highest sales price of any exclusively listed golf course in the United States in 2002. In March 2008, Golf Inc. magazine recognized Charnas as one of the top golf course brokers in the golf business.
His career in the golf business began with Crown Golf Properties where he was a Director in the acquisitions and development department. During his tenure with Crown Golf, the company increased the size of its golf course portfolio from 17 to 23 golf courses. Mr. Charnas was a key team member in the development of River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, Colorado and South Mountain Golf Club in Draper, Utah. Previous to that Chris was a commercial broker for Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois.
Mr. Charnas graduated with honors from Tufts University with a BA in history. He has an MS in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the National Golf Foundation, the Chicago District Golf Association and a supporter of the Western Golf Association. Mr. Charnas has spoken at various conferences about golf course investment and development He has given expert testimony on behalf of clients involved in golf course litigation.
He is a past president of The Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association – Chicago Chapter. He previously served on the Board of Trustees for the North Shore Country Day School where he was President of the Alumni Association. For the past 19 years, he has been an active volunteer at the Chicago History Museum. Mr. Charnas also is a supporter and volunteer for St. Baldrick’s, the National Childhood Cancer Foundation’s charitable event. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois.
Areas of expertise:Sales & Marketing