Individual Memberships in:
The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)
The Appraisal Institute (MAI)
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)
The Society of Golf Appraisers (SGA)
Urban Land Institute (ULI)
National Golf Foundation (NGF)
USGA Green Section
National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA)
Donald Ross Society
Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA)
Larry Hirsh, CRE, MAI, SGA, FRICS
Founder and President
Golf Property Analysts was established in 1988 by founder and president Laurence A. Hirsh. A member of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) and the Appraisal Institute (MAI) as well as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Mr. Hirsh has distinguished himself and his firm as a leading provider of high quality consulting and appraisal services to the golf course industry. He is a graduate of Penn State University and has served as past president of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and the Society of Golf Appraisers (SGA).
Mr. Hirsh has amassed considerable experience in the valuation and analysis of a wide variety of income and special use properties as well as having been active as a principal in the development of office, recreational and retail properties and as a broker on selected occasions. He holds general appraisal certification in 11 states and real estate brokerage licenses in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Delaware, Virginia and Florida. Hirsh has provided appraisal, consulting and brokerage services across the United States and Canada, has lectured at seminars and universities and has frequently served as an expert witness or litigation support consultant in several golf property related matters. He is also a widely published author on the topic of golf property valuation and economic matters in both professional and industry publications.
A lifelong golfer who maintains a single-digit handicap, Hirsh has visited and played many of the world's great golf courses, been involved in development and brokerage of golf course properties and has competed in many local, state and regional championships. He is also a Golfweek Magazine Course Rating Panelist.
The father of three children, Hirsh is also active in his community having served on several charitable organization boards and participating in many fundraising activities. A licensed commercial pilot and certified flight instructor, he also often donates his time to fly "Angelflight" missions in the northeastern US.
Rachel B. Thompson
Rachel joined Golf Property Analysts in 1999 as the office manager. Rachel has been an assistant appraiser with the firm since 2005 and is working towards her appraisal state certification. In addition, Rachel also assists with marketing efforts for the firm.
Prior to joining GPA, Rachel worked with a golf investment group based in Baltimore, MD that owned daily fee, semi-private and private golf courses in the Baltimore-DC metropolitan area. Rachel was intimately involved in the construction of the golf course and membership marketing efforts for a new private club, as well as various marketing efforts for both the daily fee and semi-private courses.
Rachel is the mother of three young boys and enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Ms. Acker has over 20 years experience in human resources and office administration. In 2009, she became employed with Golf Property Analysts as our research assistant.
Prior to joining Golf Property Analysts, Ms. Acker was Operations Manager for Wells Fargo Insurance Services.
Outside of the office, Ms. Acker enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering within her local community. Ms. Acker plays competitive golf and maintains a single digit handicap.
Evan J. Prostovich
Evan joined Golf Property Analysts in 2011. He is a state certified Appraisal Trainee in Pennsylvania working towards his state certification as a General Appraiser. Following his certification he intends to pursue an MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute.
Evan earned a B.S. degree from Lehigh University in 2004, majoring in finance. Prior to joining GPA he worked as the Director of Operations for a real estate investment and management firm which specialized in collegiate student housing.
Evan is an avid golfer and enjoys anything competitive. He is married to his childhood friend and college sweetheart Tristin, who just had their first child in June.