Nationality: American You may not know him but… you have almost certainly played on a course run by his company. Club Corp is the world’s biggest owner of golf courses. He has been the CEO of the company and a director since 2006. No stranger to lists: In 2010, 2014 and 2015, Eric was named the most powerful person in golf by Golf Inc. magazine.
A lean operation: Affeldt, a former financier, brings a ruthlessly efficient approach to the world of golf club management, using the company’s considerable buying power to drive down supplier costs. Given the decline in rounds played in the US and the number of clubs going bust each year, Club Corp’s approach is unromantic but certainly effective.