ClubCorp acquires Hartefeld National; Western Golf adds three properties; Desert Mountain opens $1.6m practice facility

ClubCorp’s buying mode continued this past week with the acquisition of Hartefeld National Golf Club in Avondale, Pennsylvania. It’s the fifth acquisition in less than a year for the largest owner in the U.S. Most of those additions have been in the Northeast, where the Dallas-based company previously had no prescence.

Hartefeld is a private country club that features one of the Northeast’s most honored golf courses, a Tom Fazio-designed championship course that has served as the site of both a PGA TOUR and Senior PGA Tour event.

ClubCorp plans to spend more than $1 million in capital improvements to Hartefeld, which is located in the Brandywine Valley. Steve Ekovich, Director of the National Golf & Resort Group, represented the seller, a financial institution.

Western Golf adds three, including one in New York
Western Golf Properties added three new courses to its portfolio — Sierra Golf Club in Lancaster, California, Shenandoah Springs Country Club in Thousand Palms, California and The Club at Silver Lake in Perry, New York, Rancho.

The Southern California-based company now has 14 properties, eight of which are in California. In addition to the Club at Silver Lake, it has only one other course west of the Mississippi — Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Va.

“The opportunity to expand our presence in Southern California and broaden our portfolio into the upstate New York region is an exciting venture for Western Golf Properties,” aid Bobby Heath, CEO of Western Golf Properties.

Desert Mountain opens $1.6m instructional facility
Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. opened what it calls “the most technologically-advanced instructional facility in the country.”  The $1.6 million Golf Performance Center is the first major amenity to be built at the six-course private club since its turnover to the members in January 2011. That $73.5 million deal was the largest private club conversion in history.

Desert Mountain’s new center is designed to make the game more fun for existing players, attract new golfers to the game, help members play the game longer and create the best learning environment at the junior level. The center supports the PGA’s Play It Forward and Golf 2.0 programs.

appliedgolf assumes ownership of Hickory Ridge

appliedgolf Course Management, headquartered in Millstone Township, New Jersey, took ownership of Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst, Mass. on April 18th, and immediately reopened the course. appliedgolf plans to improve course conditions and introduce value oriented rates.

"We are really excited to be the new owners here at Hickory Ridge" said Dave Wasenda, President of appliedgolf.” Our first step is to provide a great experience to our loyal golfers and second is to attract new customers.” 

Harradine asked to re-design unbuilt Tunisian project

Harradine Golf has been asked to re-design a planned 18-hole layout in Tunis, Tunisia. The firm was first commissioned in 2006 to design the course near lake Tunis. But it faced several obstacles, including a major road dividing the land. The entire plan was placed on hold due to the economy and political unrest, and is now being re-envisioned as a 9-hole course.

The 3,502 yard track will now be floodlit and will meander through existing trees, ecological evaporation ponds and two beautiful lakes. Due to the sensitive ecological and environmental concerns provided by the high water table, the course has been designed to minimize run-off and the use of nutrients which will enhance and encourage existing and new fauna and flora.

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