“Golf with a Twist” Revitalizes Hunt Valley CC Near Baltimore

 

Hunt Valley Country Club,—an Arcis Golf property in the scenic Maryland countryside—has opened an innovative, three-in-one golf course designed to appeal to golfers, non-golfers, families, and anyone else with an imaginative new concept perfect for celebrations, events, and sporting activities of many kinds.

The newly renovated course, named “The Ridge 9,” offers nine holes of traditional golf along with 18 holes of two other games played on a golf course: Disc golf and Footgolf.  This three-in-one combination creates a family-friendly environment that make Hunt Valley much more than simply another golf club.

“This is the only place on the East Coast where you will find a country club with a championship golf course plus Disc and Footgolf courses,” said Jon Vodehnal, general manager of Hunt Valley Country Club. “The upgrades to The Valley, our 18-hole championship layout, have enhanced shot values and improved playability. On The Ridge 9 we’re offering fun experiences the whole family can enjoy, no matter how they like to play.”

The changes to The Ridge 9—now promoting a variety of “swing, sling, and kick” sports options—is part of a $2.5-million revitalization of the entire Hunt Valley CC.

“We can create all sorts of activities for our members,” Vodehnal said. “That could be anything from a tee shot accuracy contest or a dart game station, speed golf, and just about anything you can think of that applies to golfers, Disc golfer, and Footgolfers alike.”

The Ridge 9 also allows Hunt Valley County Club the ability to host different types of events, from kid’s birthday parties that are outdoors, active, and economical, to corporate outings and team building exercises.  Hunt Valley’s on-site experts are experienced in organizing charitable golf tournaments and with The Ridge 9’s flexibility, the staff can assist planners in creating a new, exciting twist on traditional events. The club will also be offering Disc golf leagues for those seeking some fun as part of a group.

Located 22 miles north of downtown Baltimore in a family-centric community once known for historic horse farms, Hunt Valley Country Club remains the region’s premier golf experience. The club’s 18-hole layout –The Valley—was redesigned in 2016 by Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design. Additionally, a new practice range features two elevated tiers with both grass and artificial turf hitting surfaces. The range also was extended to accommodate a full array of clubs, benefitting golfers warming up and practicing as well as the club’s staff of PGA golf professionals and their students.

The enhancements made to Hunt Valley Country Club are part of Arcis Golf’s commitment to allocating millions of dollars in major capital improvements to its portfolio of 68 public and private facilities nationwide, an indication of the dynamic direction the Dallas-based company is taking in the golf industry.

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About Arcis Golf

Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties tailor each element of the golf and country club experience to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Established in March 2013, Arcis Golf encompasses exclusive private club and destination resort properties, as well as private and daily-fee golf operations. The Arcis Golf portfolio is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLCthrough strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position in upscale golf and club experiences.

 

Medinah Country Club Dedicates “Golf For Life” Program

Medinah Country Club Dedicates “Golf For Life” Program
Seven tees, dedicated instruction, and special events make golf more fun for everyone

Medinah, Ill. (April 18, 2017) – When Medinah Country Club’s No. 2 Course reopens in June, it will not only show off a modernized look but feature a unique set-up specially designed to complement a system of encouragement and instruction meant to motivate golfers of all levels to hone their skills, play more rounds, and have more fun.

Called “Golf For Life,” the system gives golfers—from scratch players to virtual newbies—specific targets to work toward while allowing them to improve within the confines of their abilities. Key to the program is the modification of Medinah’s historic No. 2 Course to allow for placement of seven tee boxes on each hole, along with the introduction of special events with new and exciting formats to be tested.

Golf For Life, developed by Medinah Country Club’s director of golf Marty DeAngelo, is an adaptable program with many benefits. Each member meets with the golf professional staff for a game evaluation and then begins a structured system for improvement.

DeAngelo said the golf staff and teaching professionals will review all their students and assign each one of the seven tee boxes as a place to begin. “As students work on their games, recommendations for improvement to the next sets of tees will occur,” DeAngelo said.

Course No. 2 at Medinah Country Club, one of America’s most iconic golf venues, reopens in June following a year-long restoration program that keeps the layout relevant to the game as it is played today.

Without changing the routing or topography, the total area of fairways and approaches on Course No. 2 has increased by more than 50 percent, from 21 to 34 acres. Some of the widened corridors now connect on adjacent holes—a unique feature on modern courses but not uncommon during golf architecture’s “Golden Age” nearly 100 years ago.

Medinah’s other two championship venues – Course No. 1 and Course No. 3 – were previously modernized and updated significantly through the years, with the latest work on Course No. 2 furthering the ongoing improvement of the club’s infrastructure. For the past decade, Medinah Country Club has allocated a major investment to the modernization of its greens, tees, fairways, and bunkers, as well as enhancing draining and storage capabilities and the overall growing environment.

Medinah Country Club Course No. 2 Renovation To Be Revealed In June

Medinah Country Club Course No. 2 Renovation To Be Revealed In June
Medinah Country Club Course No. 2 Renovation To Be Revealed In June

Medinah Country Club Course No. 2 Renovation To Be Revealed In June
Classic 1925 course restored to original look and strategy; fitted with seven tee boxes to suit every level of golfer

Medinah, Ill. (March 7, 2017) – One of America’s most iconic golf venues, Medinah Country Club, will unveil its venerable Course No. 2 early this summer following a year-long restoration program. The most significant features of Course No. 2 now can remain relevant to the game as it is played today.

Host of four U.S. Open Championships, two PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup Matches during its 93-year history, Medinah Country Club has embraced its rich history with the redesign of Course No. 2. The renovation also addresses the future of the game by tailoring seven tees on each hole to accommodate any skill level in Medinah’s passionate golfing community. The club’s “Golf Fore Life” program will place the club at the forefront in golf-development programs for players of all levels while expanding the club’s already significant junior golf initiatives.

Under the supervision of Medinah Director of Golf Course Operations Curtis Tyrrell, CGCS, MG – working with golf course architect Rees Jones and his associate Steve Weisser – most of the renovation focused on green complexes and bunkers, relying on aerial photographs from 1938 to replicate their original sizes, shapes, and locations.

Their primary focus of the Course No. 2 project was to restore it – as applicable to the modern game – to the original Tom Bendelow design that debuted 1925. While there is no major routing change or notable manipulation of topography, the total area of fairways and approaches on Course No. 2 has increased by more than 50 percent, from 21 to 34 acres. Some of the widened corridors are now connecting on adjacent holes – a unique feature for the modern game, but not uncommon during golf architecture’s “Golden Age” nearly 100 years ago.

With the 80-year-old photographs as their ultimate guide – the restoration team removed some bunkers and bunker complexes, while others have been reintroduced. Green complexes are all restored to feature Bendelow’s original contouring, again accentuating generally longer, deeper, taller and more pronounced putting surfaces.

Medinah Country Club’s restored Course No. 2 is to be officially christened in June.

Medinah’s other two championship venues – Course No. 1 and Course No. 3, also originally designed by Bendelow – were previously modernized and updated significantly through the years, with the latest work on Course No. 2 furthering the ongoing improvement of the club’s infrastructure.

For the past decade, Medinah Country Club has allocated a major investment to the modernization of its greens, tees, fairways, and bunkers, as well as enhancing draining and storage capabilities and the overall growing environment.

  • Greens on all three courses were rebuilt to USGA specifications, and are equipped for sub-surface vacuuming and gas-exchange capabilit
  • Tees were rebuilt on a sand mix that allows for internal drainage
  • Fairways were rototilled, graded, and reseeded.
  • Bunkers were installed with subsurface draining, erosion liners, and all feature the use the same sand
  • Greens, tees, and fairways were replanted with the same Creeping bentgrass; the rough with Kentucky Bluegrass.

For additional information, visit www.medinahcc.org.

Thistle Golf Club Ranked 14th Best Course in U.S. By GolfAdvisor.com

Thistle Golf Club Ranked 14th Best Course in U.S. By GolfAdvisor.com

Golf Channel’s Travel Portal Ranked Courses Based on 10,000+ Reviews

Sunset Beach, N.C. – Using more than 10,000 user-submitted reviews, Golf Advisor compiled its list of the Top 50 Courses in the United States in 2016, and Thistle Golf Club, one of the Myrtle Beach area’s best layouts, was ranked 14th.
“We work every day to make Thistle a premier golf experience,” said Jamie Roderick, the course’s general manager. “The greatest endorsement you can receive comes from the players who play your course, which is what makes this ranking so gratifying for our entire team. We are thrilled with the honor and will work tirelessly to exceed the expectations of golfers in 2017.”

Golf Advisor is the travel portal for Golf Channel, the game’s leading media outlet.

A 27-hole facility, Thistle is a 4.5-star layout, according to Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play guide. The Tim Cate design is home to three distinct nines – the Cameron, MacKay and Stewart – and greens that are among the smoothest and fastest in the region.

The 15,600-square-foot clubhouse is home to memorabilia from the original Thistle, a nod to the facility’s heritage, that is on display in the clubhouse and it sets the tone for a day that features the best of the game’s past and present. On spring weekends, Thistle even brings in a bagpiper to fill the air with the instrument’s melodic sounds as golfers prepare to play.
The three nines at Thistle each offer a different, yet equally rewarding experience. The Cameron is the most open of the three nines, encouraging players to swing away with the driver but with just enough water to keep them from getting to comfortable. The MacKay nine is a more traditional, Carolina pine tree-lined layout, highlighted by the 526-yard (from the white tees) seventh hole. The Stewart has a true, links feel with rolling fairways framed by mounding and stacked sod bunkers surrounding the greens.

Located just across state line in Sunset Beach, N.C., Thistle is just minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach.
For more information, go to www.ThistleGolf.com.

Presidio Golf & Concordia Club’s Major Renovations Usher in Post-merger Era

Presidio Golf & Concordia Club’s Major Renovations Usher in Post-merger Era

(San Francisco, CA) January 11, 2017 – Presidio Golf & Concordia Club is pleased to announce the commencement of major renovations following the historic merger of two of the area’s most venerable clubs—the Presidio Golf Club and the Concordia-Argonaut Club. The $8.5 million dollar renovation will expand on the historic clubs’ exclusive attractions and social atmosphere and will establish modern amenities on its storied grounds adjacent to the Presidio of San Francisco in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area.

“It’s a social club with a rich golfing tradition,” says Co-President Patricia Rosenberg. “These exciting new improvements will foster a welcoming environment for members and their families, and our renovations will provide facilities and events to preserve our standing as one of California’s premier clubs.”

The renovation will bring a new fitness facility, complete with a spinning studio, state-of-the-art workout equipment and modern spa-like locker rooms that offer luxuries such as sports massages and yoga alongside a sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi. The club’s common areas will be completely redecorated and refurnished all while maintaining the building’s architectural integrity and renowned design. These changes, along with updates to the meeting and event areas, will offer refreshed, modern spaces amidst the traditional atmosphere of the rest of the club.

“It’s vital that we respect and preserve the rich history of both clubs while we work diligently to create a refreshing atmosphere for dining, social gatherings, and luxury while remaining true to our roots as a golfing institution,” says Co-President Scott Thomason. The Presidio Golf Club was founded in 1895 as the San Francisco Golf Club after the US Army gave a group of civilians permission to build a nine-hole golf course on the grounds. It was one of the earliest courses on the West Coast, and its original Tudor-style clubhouse—built in 1898—still stands today.

The Concordia-Argonaut Club was founded—as the Concordia Club—by Levi Strauss and a group of his San Francisco friends in 1864. One of the premier private clubs in the United States, it was one of the first clubs for Jewish members in San Francisco. Both clubs overwhelmingly agreed to merge effective 2016 as Presidio Golf & Concordia Club.

The club continues to enjoy and honor the traditions of memberships for both clubs, and it offers both golf and social memberships. Located in the Presidio, one of the most majestic locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and the city itself, the Presidio Golf & Concordia Club offers unlimited golf on the 18-hole course amidst grounds and facilities that are steeped in history. Nearing completion of its state-of-the-art amenities, it remains at the forefront of club choices for San Francisco’s social and business communities.

For more information, contact Andrea Burnett PR, andrea@andreaburnett.com, 650.207.0917.

BROKEN SOUND CLUB TOPS 2017 ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS IN GOLF HONORS FOR BEST OVERALL AND NATIONAL PRIVATE GOLF COURSE(S) IN THE COUNTRY

BOCA RATON, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2017) — Broken Sound Club (BSC) in Boca Raton, Fla., a 5-Star Platinum Club of America, has been chosen as the Overall and National Private recipient of the 2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA), which are presented annually by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird’s Golf Division. The private, gated golf and country club community that is home to the PGA Champions Tour’s season opener – the Allianz Championship for 10 consecutive years – ranks as the only Florida or Southeastern U.S.-based ELGA winner at the national or international leader level.

The Club, its two Audubon Sanctuary and GEO Certified golf courses and Golf Course Maintenance Director and Environmental Consultant Shannon Easter will be recognized Feb. 7 during the Opening Session at the 2017 Golf Industry Show and featured in upcoming issues of Golf Digest and GCSAA’s magazine Golf Course Management. Awardees are selected by an independent panel of judges representing national environmental groups, turfgrass experts, university researchers and valued members of the golf industry to recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices. Such practices include areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication and outreach and leadership. In addition to the national winners, 19 chapter and nine merit winners were chosen from GCSAA’s 98 affiliated chapters.

“The ELGA winners are not only stewards for the environment, but excellent examples of the focus our industry keeps on sustainable efforts,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. “They are on the frontline of how superintendents are making great playing conditions and environmental management practices work in tandem.”

According to GCSAA, BSC’s sustainability mission and efforts through the on-course stewardship of its Maintenance Director and Environmental Consultant Shannon Easter have led to using no chemical inputs for the past three years over the 36-hole facilities — the BSC’s Club Course and The Old Course — while leading the Club’s efforts to create a welcome habitat for native wildlife, including several endangered species.

“This great honor recognizes the high standard our board leadership, membership and golf course maintenance team set for ourselves every single day ‘on and off’ our golf courses,” notes BSC GM and COO John Crean, CCE. “Our sustainability mandate combined with hospitality is the Club DNA that drives us, encouraging other communities, clubs and courses to follow suit.”

BSC began its sustainability efforts on the greens with reclaiming water and adding birdhouses, a butterfly garden and true native areas. Looking internally at club operations, BSC moved to paperless accounting, cardboard and paper recycling and installing of water reduction toilets, shower heads, motion sensor lighting systems with LED fixtures and bulbs and replacing Styrofoam cups with biodegradable products made of corn starch before its large investment in on-site composting. Most recently, BSC became the first club community to install a Tesla charging station and employ a beekeeper to install/maintain 22 beehives on its golf courses where one million bees produce 1,000 lbs. of pure honey per year for members.

The Club’s 2013 transformational design and build of its Moonstone Spa and Fitness Center earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). BSC has received honors from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for its impressive 95% recycling rate that is consistently three times the statewide recycling rate for the commercial sector and was a Green Corporate Citizen award finalist at the department’s 2012 Corporate Recycling and Waste Conference. The Club was the second golf facility in the U.S. and 14th in the world to be GEO Certified, the sustainability assurance of the Golf Environment Organization, an international non-profit dedicated to supporting sustainability in the sport of golf.

“Having created the first industrial composting project in Florida, BSC continues to ‘naturally’ save lives and dollars while improving the quality of life and healthfulness of those who live, work and play within its community,” noted Shannon Easter about BSC that holds a “Healthiest Club Designation’ from Prevo Health Solutions. “We save countless birds and other wildlife on our golf courses, while responsibly reducing landfill disposal and minimizing the adverse effects fertilizer and other chemicals have on golfers and residents.”

Broken Sound Club is located at 2401 Willow Springs Drive, Boca Raton, FL. For Club membership, contact Membership Director Maureen Schreiber at (561) 241-6800 or visit www.brokensoundclub.org.

About Broken Sound Club:

Whatever one’s passion or interest…their active enviable home life, business life, sporting life, and social life complement each other perfectly at BSC. Known as the “friendly” club for its signature blend of warmth, elegance and genuine hospitality, this award-winning private gated golf and country club community offers a choice of 27 lushly landscaped intimate residential villages, each with its own character. All are just minutes away from its main clubhouse with indoor/outdoor dining, two signature Audubon Sanctuary and GEO Certified golf courses, a two-acre $6 million poolscape with bistro, a $7 million 35,000-square-foot spa and fitness center and 23 tennis courts. Close to two international airports and private Boca Raton Executive Airport, BSC is a few miles from pristine beaches, Boca’s burgeoning Class A office parks, a vibrant Downtown, A-rated public and award-winning private schools, two universities, FAU Stadium, world-class shopping, dining, culture, sports, recreation and nightlife.

Visit BSC at www.brokensoundclub.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About GCSAA and the EIFG:

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter. The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Renaissance Club Celebrates 10 years with Plan to Become Member Owned and Governed

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Renaissance Club Celebrates 10 years with Plan to Become Member Owned and Governed

Dirleton, Scotland – The Renaissance Club announced today the closing of a transaction that paves the way for The Club to become member owned and governed. A small group of major member stakeholders increased their investment in order to retire the 1/3 ownership interest of Archerfield Estates Limited (AEL), an entity which will remain supportive of the club as its landlord. This 1/3 ownership interest is being offered to members only and a Board of Directors representative of the membership is being incorporated into The Club’s structure. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

“This is an exciting time for The Renaissance Club as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary of the partnership and the Club. We believe this change of ownership structure allowing our members to become equity participants in the partnership will set the Club on a long term path to create a world class golf club” commented Jerry Sarvadi, the Club’s founder and CEO. Invest Archerfield LLC, a US based Limited Liability Company also founded by Sarvadi and his 5 brothers will continue its ownership participation and support. “The Sarvadi family commitment to this club has been and will remain far more than just an investment but rather a testimony of our dedication to the great game of golf and our love for the home of golf, East Lothian Scotland. We are very thankful for the ten year partnership with AEL which formed and established the Renaissance Club through some difficult economic times” stated Paul Sarvadi.

“We have agreed to extend the original lease with the Renaissance Club, back to the original 99 year time period, 10 years into the partnership,” Elly Douglas Hamilton, Chairman AEL Ltd commented. “This is a new beginning for the club & we look forward to supporting them”. 

Nestled in the heart of Scotland’s Golf Coast, The Renaissance Club’s beautifully manicured greens and fairways have played host to elite golfers from all over the world, as well as a steady stream of dedicated golfers each of whom has a special passion for the sport. The course is everything at The Renaissance Club. Designed by world renowned golf course architect Tom Doak, The Renaissance Club is recognised as a modern masterpiece of golf course design that many aficionados and golf media insiders consider the future of links golf and a worthy descendant of its illustrious neighbours, Muirfield & North Berwick West Links. With a recently acquired triangular piece of land which Doak fashioned into three new holes and the club’s recently completed three-storey clubhouse with accommodation the showpiece is finally complete creating a tournament quality venue and world class golfing experience which is attracting worldwide attention.

Doak has harnessed the rugged elegance of East Lothian’s sweeping dunes and tall pines into a truly phenomenal golfing challenge, perfectly suited to host any professional tournament and is a challenging test from start to finish. The exceptional facilities of the club include a magnificent practise area, children’s golfing camps, regular ladies’ mornings and one on one lesson options. Some of the world’s finest golfers including Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker and Vijay Singh have walked away from the course mesmerised. The same dedication to quality and excellence is reflected in the facilities at the clubhouse which was completed in June 2013. Members’ lodging and dining options at the club are simply sublime. Magnificent cuisine is prepared by chefs trained in Michelin-starred restaurants, while the accommodation delivers everything a member could possibly require, whether they need to conduct business or unwind in the epitome of luxury and refinement. Complete with spa, gymnasium and treatment areas, perfectly appointed locker rooms, beautiful bar, a fabulous dining experience and 24 luxurious lodging rooms, members are presented with a golfing experience guaranteed to last a lifetime.

The Renaissance Club continues to build upon its excellent relationship with The R&A, who announced last week, that the club is one of the four new Final Qualifying Venues for The 147th Open in 2018, alongside Notts (Hollinwell) in Nottinghamshire, Prince’s Golf Club in Kent and St Annes Old Links in Lancashire.

The Renaissance Club also looks forward to co-hosting its first championship this year welcoming the world’s leading boy golfers, for the Boys Amateur Championship in August 2016, alongside neighbouring venue, Muirfield.

For further information about Membership, please contact Stephen Walker or Jordan Whyte on 01620 850 901 or email membership@trcaa.com.

NEW FINAL QUALIFYING VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 147TH OPEN IN 2018

24 February 2016, St Andrews, Scotland:

Four of the UK’s finest golf courses will become Final Qualifying venues for The 147TH Open in 2018.

Qualifying for golf’s oldest and most international Major Championship will take place at Notts (Hollinwell) in Nottinghamshire, Prince’s Golf Club in Kent, The Renaissance Club in East Lothian, and St Annes Old Links in Lancashire from 2018 until 2021.

The new venues cover the north-west, central and southern regions of England and Scotland to make the qualifying events as accessible as possible for players. They will replace the current venues – Woburn, Royal Cinque Ports, Gailes Links and Hillside – where this year there will be twelve places in total available from these venues with a starting field of 288 players

At Final Qualifying in 2015, among those who secured their places in The 144TH Open at St Andrews were two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen, Irishman Paul Dunne, who went on to lead the Championship after the third round and played in the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team, and his fellow Walker Cup player American Jordan Niebrugge, who went on to finish tied sixth and win the Silver Medal as the leading amateur.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “Final Qualifying is a hugely important part of The Open and provides a gripping spectacle as leading Tour players compete with club professionals and elite amateurs for places in the Championship. The success that Jordan and Paul enjoyed last year shows just what is possible for those who qualify and gives players a huge incentive to follow in their footsteps.

“We very much appreciate the support we have received at the current Final Qualifying venues and look forward to moving on to four outstanding new venues in 2018.”

Notts Hollinwell has hosted professional Tour events, including the Dunlop Masters, and was the venue for the Brabazon Trophy in 2015. Matthew Fitzpatrick won the Boys Amateur Championship there in 2012.

Gene Sarazen became the Champion Golfer of the Year at Prince’s, when it hosted The Open in 1932. The course has also been joint host of The Amateur Championship on two occasions, the Curtis Cup in 1956 and the 2006 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.  It will also host the St Andrews Trophy (20 and 21 July) and the Jacques Leglise Trophy (26 and 27 August) this year.

The Renaissance Club opened in 2004 and, along with neighbouring Muirfield, will host the Boys Amateur Championship this year.

St Annes Old Links was a qualifying venue for The Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012 and has held a number of elite amateur events including the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship last year.

Stephen Walker appointed as Director of Marketing & Hospitality at exclusive Renaissance Club

renaissance clubStephen Walker appointed as Director of Marketing & Hospitality at exclusive Renaissance Club

The Board of The Renaissance Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Walker as its new Director of Marketing & Hospitality, with immediate effect.

Prior to this appointment, Stephen was Director of Sales and Marketing at Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, an icon in the world of golf where he led the sales team with responsibility for all marketing, sales and events. Earlier in his career he was International Sales Manager for Scandic Hotels based in London and opened The Dalmahoy Golf & Country back in the early nineties.

With extensive experience in many global markets having worked in this field for over 25 years Stephen has been brought into The Renaissance Club to continue to find new revenue generating sources and to market membership. Following the success of The Renaissance Club’s “One Time Experience”, which offers the opportunity for non-members to experience what this exclusive club has to offer during the golfing season, the club will look for more opportunities to market & distribute this unique programme under Stephen’s stewardship.

Stephen Walker
Stephen Walker

Stephen’s extensive experience in management and leadership with global companies including Starwood Hotels & Resorts; made him the unanimous choice by the Board of The Renaissance Club to develop membership and revenue generation strategies at the club as well as positioning the clubs hospitality at the 5 star peak of private member experiences in Scotland.

Jerry Sarvadi, Managing Director of The Renaissance Club commented: “I am delighted to welcome Stephen Walker to The Renaissance Club as our new Director of Marketing & Hospitality. Stephen’s proven track record, extensive experience and outstanding leadership skills in this industry will be invaluable as we continue to further develop our business strategy and commercial opportunities.

“It was clear that Stephen has an unwavering passion for golf, hospitality and events as well as a strong grasp of the challenges and opportunities facing Private Members Golf Clubs. He understands these factors and will help prove that proactive clubs, especially ones that develop flexible membership schemes, continue to recruit new members. He understands this industry and I have no doubt he will bring an innovative approach to the development of The Renaissance Club on a global stage.”

Stephen Walker said: “I am very honoured to be joining The Renaissance Club as its new Director of Marketing & Hospitality at an exciting stage in the clubs development. The Club already has a highly regarded reputation and I look forward to building on this using my previous experience in both marketing & operations to elevate the club further in the digital age. We will be exploring an array of commercial opportunities, which are fitting with private club membership policies, and following global trends, creating new partnerships and exposing the club to new & exciting target audiences with the sole of objective of revenue growth and ultimately more membership sales.”

Nestled in the heart of Scotland’s Golf Coast, The Renaissance Club’s exquisitely manicured greens and fairways have played host to elite golfers from all over the world, as well as a steady stream of millionaires – and billionaires – with a passion for the sport. Stephen will oversee the management of the club, which will co-host its first tournament this year when the club welcomes the world’s leading boy golfers, for the Boys Amateur Championship in August 2016, alongside neighbouring Championship course, Muirfield. The club also boasts 24 luxurious lodging rooms, complete with spa, gymnasium and treatment areas and has perfectly appointed locker rooms, bar and fabulous dining experiences.

For details about The Renaissance Club, membership, or for further information, please contact Stephen Walker on 01620 850 901 or email membership@trcaa.com.

Island Resort And Casino Unveils New Golf Course Plans

Island Resort and Casino Unveils New Golf Course Plans
(HARRIS, Michigan) – Hannahville Indian Community is building a new golf course here in the Upper Peninsula as an amenity to its Island Resort and Casino, a complementary second course to award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club.

If Sweetgrass is indicative of what’s to come, the currently unnamed new course will be highly regarded; it is scheduled to debut in 2017. Sweetgrass has been named a top course in the state by both Golfweek and GOLF Magazine since opening in 2008 and annually hosts the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship.“One golf course is a course, two is a destination,” said Tony Mancilla, Island Resort & Casino general manager. “We believe the new course and new spa we’re building – combined with our existing resort amenities and established golf-visitor appeal – will draw more people who stay longer and spend more.”

Paul Albanese, of the golf course architecture firm Albanese & Lutzke, was chosen to author the new course, which will be dramatically different than Sweetgrass. Ground was recently broken in open spaces but the majority of tree removal for fairways will take place this winter.

“The land is very hilly; a lot of vistas where you can see 20 miles,” said Mancilla. “The land is so good that we’re expecting the new course to be first class.”

Like with Sweetgrass, the Hannahville Indian Community directed Albanese & Lutzke to create a design that respects the land, making it fit the terrain as naturally as possible.

Golf industry veteran Albanese, who designed Sweetgrass, describes the main feature of the property as a “drumlin,” a long, sloping ridge that’s an outcome of past glacier movement in the region. He said it runs through the heart of the property and is prominent.

“The drumlin climbs 100 to 120 feet in some areas,” said Albanese, an East Coast native and Harvard grad. “The goal is to allow golfers to experience the drumlin throughout the entire course. It comes into play several times, in different directions; up, down, over and through. We are very happy with how the routing came out. We are really excited; I can’t see how it won’t be one of the top courses in Michigan.”

The new course, about six miles from the resort on adjacent Hannahville land, will be played roughly two-thirds through trees, with rugged features like non-manicured bunker edging. There will be a sprinkler system installed down the middle of each fairway but the intent is to allow the grass to brown out toward the fescue edges. Mancilla said there will be a drivable par 4 on each nine, and a good mix of long and short par threes and fours.

Regarding the overall look, Albanese said: “Think Royal County Down – lots of earth tones, browns and tans – it’s what the landscape calls for.”

Additional information:  http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com/  or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

About Sweetgrass and the Island Resort & Casino

Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi Nation, Sweetgrass Golf Club and the Island Resort & Casino are located in the unspoiled beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Designed by Paul Albanese, the 18-hole championship course is renowned for its historic, rescued bridges and its greens, including a Redan, a Biarritz, an Island and a shared green.

The resort’s highly popular golf package, the Perfect Foursome, starts at just $230 per person after Sept. 21 and includes a two-night stay and rounds of golf at Sweetgrass and nearby TimberStone and Greywalls, also ranked on Golfweek’s top-15 in the state. Various other package combinations – as short as one-night stay/one round of golf and as long as four-night stay/three rounds of golf – are also available.

Sweetgrass provides a dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP Room where groups enjoy comfortable living room-style seating, private dinners, gaming tables, beverage service, televisions and direct access to the golf course, pro shop and open fire pit.

Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino (www.islandresortandcasino.com) offers slot machines, craps, Blackjack, Spanish 21, Three-Card Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette, Bingo and more. The resort’s award-winning poker room features live action as well as a full tournament schedule.

The Island hosts top musical headliners from a variety of genres in the intimate, 1,327-seat Island Showroom. Lodging options at the resort include finely appointed guest rooms, 14 elegant suites and a 53-site RV Park, open until Nov. 30.

In addition to Five Bridges Pub and Five Bridges Steak and Seafood House, other on-site resort dining options are Firekeeper’s Restaurant, which specializes in casual dining, Coral Reef Grille and the new T. McC’s Sports Bar, with a menu that ranges from classic appetizers to burgers and specialty wraps.

The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette and is also an easy and scenic four-hour drive from Milwaukee and two hours north of Green Bay.

For more information, see http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com or http://www.islandresortandcasino.com/.