Cleveland Golf began as a company known for producing exquisite replicas of classic golf clubs. Today, Cleveland Golf is a leader in wedges highly regarded for creating innovative equipment with advanced technology.
Roger Cleveland founded the company, which was first called Cleveland Classics, in 1979. Persimmon woods like the TC15 became very popular on Tour, as did many Cleveland wedges. The most played wedge was the brand’s fifth design released in 1988 – the 588. To this day, the 588 wedge is one of the best selling golf clubs of all time.
In 1990, ski equipment manufacturer Rossignol purchased the company, and the name was changed to Cleveland Golf. Sales continued to grow with clubs such as VAS woods and irons, which featured advanced technology and progressive design. Later in the decade, Tour Action irons and QuadPro woods were introduced with more classic designs and enhanced playability for golfers of all skill levels.
As a leading equipment brand, Cleveland Golf began to sponsor world-class Tour players.
Quiksilver, Inc., a leading surf brand, purchased the assets of Rossignol in 2005 and operated Cleveland Golf until December 2007. At that point, Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd. purchased Cleveland Golf. Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd. owns and operates several brands around the world which combine to make it the No. 1 golf club brand and No. 2 golf ball brand in Japan and have a major presence in Europe and North America. In addition to its North America headquarters in Huntington Beach, California, Cleveland Golf has three international affiliates located in Japan, Europe and Canada, as well as 26 worldwide distributors.
Cleveland Golf has a proud heritage of being at the cutting edge of innovation, helping golfers of all abilities have more fun and hit the ball longer, straighter and closer to the hole. The company was the first to market wedges with multiple bounce options on the sole and individually mill grooves into wedge faces. Cleveland has also set the pace in woods, being the first major manufacturer to produce a 460cc driver – the Launcher 460, in 2003 – and a geometrically shaped driver – the HiBore, in 2006.
In 2013, Cleveland Golf remains committed to providing Tour-proven, premium equipment to passionate golfers at value-driven prices. The company continues to enjoy a strong presence on professional tours worldwide, with a staff that includes major champions Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell and David Toms.
YEAR FOUNDED: 1979
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Over 350
PARENT COMPANY: Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.