Escalante Golf Acquires Sonoma Golf Club

Escalante Golf — a boutique owner and operator firm based in Fort Worth, Texas —acquired the historic Sonoma Golf Club from Crescent Real Estate on May 16, 2014. This is the second California course for Escalante Golf, with properties located in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas.

“Sonoma Golf Club fits perfectly in our portfolio,” said David McDonald, President of Escalante Golf. “We have a wonderful collection of private clubs in a diverse geographic area and Northern California is the perfect location to expand our footprint. We are excited to meet and work together with members to build upon the success of a club with a rich and storied tradition.”

Acclaimed golf architect Sam Whiting first built Sonoma Golf Club in the 1920s. Crescent, a real estate investment firm, had purchased the 177-acre course in 1998.

Jeff Woolson, Managing Director of CBRE’s Golf and Resort Group, represented Crescent Real Estate in the transaction. 

“We interviewed a number of interested buyers, including the members themselves,” said Woolson. "After a lengthy process, Escalante emerged as the best buyer for the property.  Sonoma Golf Club is the perfect complement to its luxury club portfolio.”

Sonoma Golf Club marks Escalante Golf’s 17th property.

The club has approximately 300 members, who paid a $150,000 refundable initiation fee, according to the Press Democrat. Monthly dues are around $875. 

The initiation fee is only refundable when new members buy in. Currently there are 100 members looking to leave the club. Escalante plans to offer a $50,000 non-refundable initiation fee in addition to the $150,000 refundable fee. 

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