Harris Golf pays $249,000 for 9-hole course

Harris Golf has agreed to purchase the nine-hole Wilson Lake Country Club in Wilton, Maine, for $249,000 and will take over the operation of the club in March.
The Wilson Lake club, which will remain a semi-private venue under Harris, is the second financially distressed Maine property acquired by Harris Golf in the past 15 months, joining the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono  which Harris purchased in October 2007.

CNL signs new operators after Heritage Golf Group default

CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc. will reassign the lease agreements on two of its golf course properties, Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita, Calif., and Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, Fla., after being notified by previous leaseholder Heritage Golf Group that Heritage would no longer make scheduled lease payments to CNL for the properties.
Officials said that as of March 1, KemperSports will take over management of Valencia Country Club, while Arnold Palmer Golf Management/Century Golf Partners will operate Weston Hills.

U.S. rounds show biggest drop in six years

Golf rounds in the United States fell 1.8 percent in 2008 compared to the previous year, according to the year-end National Golf Rounds Played report.
The decline is the largest since 2002 – the year following the 9-11 tragedy – when rounds plummeted 3.0 percent.
Weak December play – with rounds plunging 6.8 percent for the month – ensured that the rounds total would drop for the second consecutive year. 
States with the largest dropoffs in play for the year were Iowa (down 8.6 percent) and

Casper takes over 7 Chicago properties

Billy Casper Golf has finalized a deal to add seven Chicago Park District golf facilities to its management portfolio, giving the company 22 properties in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Casper will direct all activities at the 18-hole Jackson Park Golf Course and five 9-hole facilities: Sydney R. Marovitz, South Shore, Robert A. Black, Columbus Park and Marquette Park. It also will operate the Diversey Driving Range.

Intrawest sells Colorado club for $5 million

Intrawest Golf Holdings has sold another of its courses, Raven at Three Peaks in Silverthorne, Colo.
The buyer was Escalante Golf Inc., which paid approximately $5 million for the semiprivate facility.
Designed in 2000 by Tom Lehman and Hurdzan/Fry Golf Course Design, this par-72 course spans 7,413 yards and plays host to approximately 17,500 rounds of golf each year. Greens fees range from $85 to $150.

New owner to open Alabama course to public play

Quail Walk Country Club in Wetumpka, Ala., has been purchased by a commercial real estate developer who plans to convert the private course into a public facility.
Earl Singleton paid $5 million for the property to an undisclosed sole proprietor.
Despite the planned conversion, Singleton still plans to offer a membership option with a $300 initiation fee and $110 monthly dues. He also plans to spend between $2 million and $3 million to remodel the clubhouse and upgrade various other aspects of the facility.

United States: Doak to design course in New Mexico

Tom Doak, principal designer of the Michigan-based firm Renaissance Golf Design, Inc., has been tabbed to design a new daily fee course at the Black Mesa Golf Club, located 30 miles north of Santa Fe in La Mesilla, N.M.
The new course will join the desert links-style layout designed by Baxter Spann in 2003, and represents the first step in a comprehensive plan to turn Black Mesa Golf Club into one of the nation’s premier golf resorts, according to Eddie Peck of Black Mesa Golf Club.

Romania: Italian developer to launch resort project

Plans are in place for the development of Butterfly Royal Golf Resort, a golf and residential community on a 365-hectare plot of land in the western Romanian city of Arad.

The project is under the direction of Italian developer Bellavista Golf Villas and Resort, and will feature an 18-hole golf course covering 52 hectares of land. 

Approximately 473 residential units will also be built along with a luxury hotel, a spa, fitness center, bowling alley, retail and restaurants.

The developer has not yet revealed how much the new community will cost to build.

Vietnam: Norman course planned at JW Marriott hotel development

A Greg Norman-designed golf course is one of the centerpieces of the first phase of a planned mixed-use development in Da Nang along the central coast of Vietnam.
A luxury hotel by Marriott International under the JW Marriott brand will also be built. Called the JW Marriott Da Nang Resort, the hotel is expected to open at some point in 2011. Marriott International is partnering with Vietnam-based asset management and financial services company VinaCapital Group on the project. 


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