Omni Barton Creek Resort set to reopen after 18-month, $150 million renovation

The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas — which includes four full-length golf courses — is re-opening in early May after undergoing a $150 million renovation. Included in the revamp are significant improvements to three of the courses.

Originally opened in 1987, the resort’s renovation added a second hotel tower with an additional 180 rooms, a new fitness center, and a 13,000 square foot spa with an adults-only pool.

Troon adds private Kentucky club to portfolio

Troon will manage daily operations at Hunting Creek Country Club just east of Louisville, Ky., the world’s largest golf management company recently announced.

Troon Privé, the private-club operations wing of Troon, will manage the club and help oversee a recently approved multi-million dollar upgrade to the 25,000 square foot clubhouse and surrounding grounds.

Troon manages more than 430 courses around the world with its acquisition of OB Sports earlier this month.

Chambers Bay re-opens with renovated greens

Chambers Bay Golf Course

Chambers Bay Golf Course has finally changed its greens, five years after PGA players complained bitterly at the U.S. Open. The fescue greens had also resulted in negative feedback fromregular customers who complained about uneven surfaces.

The $230,000 project to add pao annua grass required closure of the publicly owned course for seven months.

KemperSports adds Joliet course to its portfolio

Roc Inc., a real estate investment firm, has selected KemperSports to guide the Joliet Country Club through its transition to a public track for the 2019 season — including its rebranding as the Joliet Golf Club.

Formerly a membership equity club, Roc Inc. took ownership of the course in 2016 by acquiring the note. 

This is KemperSports’ 13th golf facility in the state of Illinois, where the company is based. It is the fifth-largest golf management firm in the world, with 135 courses, and was founded in 1978. Its headquarters are in Northbook, Ill., outside of Chicago.

Brown Golf adds 28th course

The owner of Royal Manchester Golf Links has contracted with Brown Golf to run the course, Brown announced in early April. Royal Manchester is the fourth course Brown has added to its portfolio in the last 15 months, bringing to 28 the number of courses the firm now operates.

John Brown, CEO of Brown Golf, said the firm will immediately upgrade the course’s booking technology to allow for text-based and webchat booking, as well as interactive voice booking.

Billy Casper Golf to run Texas muni

Billy Casper Golf was selected to operate the city-owned Stonetree Golf Club in Killeen, Texas, on March 26. It is only the second Texas course for the Virginia-based company.

The five-year deal will see the city pay Billy Casper Golf $90,000 per year to run daily operations at the 7,200 yard par 72 course, with additional bonuses offered for meeting certain performance thresholds.

Troon acquires OB Sports

Troon, the world’s largest golf management company, added to its heft by acquiring OB Sports, the ninth largest management company, it announced April 1. 

OB Sports, which manages more than 70 golf courses and private clubs, will continue to operate under the OB Sports brand with the same business relationship with its existing clients. Phil Green, chief operating officer of OB Sports, and CA Roberts, president, will remain in their roles. Both were previously principals of the company along with Orrin Vincent, who founded OB Sports in 1972. 

Bergin-designed 12-hole course to anchor Tennessee housing development

Smithbilt Homes is building new golf course and housing development in East Tennessee

Smithbilt Homes is developing a housing community in Oak Ridge, Tenn., built around a 12-hole short course. Bill Bergin, the golf course architect who has been the main person behind the ASGCA’s push to make courses more player friendly, is designing the course. 

The community will have approximately 160 new homes by the end of the year. This is the first golf course for the developer, which claims to be the number one homebuilder in East Tennessee. The family-run business focuses on affordable homes between 1,200 and 2,100 square feet, starting at $100,000.

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