Darius Hatami is Managing Director of HVS Golf Services, based in Capitola, California. Darius is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has been involved in various aspects of golf and community development for over 20 years. In 1995, Darius founded Golf Catalyst after beginning his career with THK Associates. In 2004, Darius became part of the HVS family, and provided studies to hundreds of golf and resort community clients throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Asia and Europe. His expertise encompasses valuation and feasibility studies as well as strategic, financial, residential economic planning, membership planning as well as integrating golf with residential and resort aspects of master planned communities.
Darius worked with a variety of clients, including investment bankers, developers, exclusive private clubs and communities, resorts, as well as municipal and governmental entities. Specific clients have included international lenders and owners such as Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Club Corp, and CNL. Mr. Hatami has also provided litigation support, and testified as an expert in US Bankruptcy court. Properties appraised include Pinehurst, Peninsula Papagayo, The Yellowstone Club, Vilamoura, PGA West, PGA National TPC Sawgrass, La Quinta, Boca Raton CC, and Cordillera. He is a certified general appraiser in numerous states and has been a guest speaker on golf community and feasibility issues.
From 1998 until 2005, Darius served as Managing Partner of the Rio Grande Club, a high end resort/private golf club in South Fork, Colorado. This course was named as the 6th Best Upscale Public Course by Golf Digest in 2003. As Managing Partner, Darius has been involved in the day to day management of facility, as well as the integration of the golf club with the residential and resort aspects of the community. The range of responsibility included, defining the membership structure, assisting on management and personnel decisions and consulting on amenities and clubhouse design.