Troon Signs on Five More Clubs to its Golf Management Portfolio

  • Hole 4 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club Troon Golf Management
    Hole 4 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club Troon Golf Management

By Hil Anderson

Troon has added five more clubs to its golf management portfolio in the past two months, including a trio of properties in Southern California owned by Japan’s Sanyo Foods International.

The deals place Troon in charge of a wide range of managerial duties, including membership marketing, food-and-beverage and course agronomy and maintenance.

The latest pact, which was announced May 11, placed Troon at the helm of the Forest Ridge Golf Club outside Tulsa, Okla. The semi-private course, which opened in 1989, is part of a planned residential community. The Troon Golf division of Troon will oversee golf operations plus a wide range of duties, including agronomy, membership marketing and food-and-beverage service.

“Forest Ridge is a beautiful community and the club facilities are excellent,” said Mitch Harrell, president of Troon Golf. “Our Troon Golf team will now look to further advance the club’s service levels, course standards and overall club operations.”

The deal with Forest Ridge follows a pair of signings in April involving the trio of Sanyo properties and the Esplanade Golf & Country Club in Naples, Fla.

Esplanade is the centerpiece of a 1,798-acre planned development currently under construction that will eventually include around 1,184 homes. The 18-hole course covers 6,983 yards and was designed by Michigan golf architect Chris Wilczynski. It was named one of the “Best New Courses in America” by Golf Digest in 2014. The development also features three dining options, a fitness club, spa services as well as an active tennis and pickleball program.

“Esplanade Golf & Country Club is a spectacular community,” said Ricardo Catarino, vice president of operations at Troon. “We are thrilled to be working with the board as we look to further elevate the entire operation.

Esplanade will be under the purview of Troon Privé, the division of Troon that manages private clubs. Troon Privé will also oversee two of the three California courses included in the new contract with Sanyo: the private Yorba Linda Country Club in Orange County and the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club north of San Diego. The public Tustin Ranch Golf Club in Orange County will be operated by the Troon Golf division.

“We are thrilled to be working with Sanyo Foods and with three well-regarded facilities,” said Jim Richerson, senior vice president of operations at Troon. “Our agronomy teams are eager to improve conditions at each course, while our operations teams will elevate service standards and the member experiences.”

Sanyo, which has built an empire base on its venerable dried instant Raman noodles, has its North American headquarters in Garden Grove, Calif., and acquired the courses in the 1990s.

The trio includes:

•        Tustin Golf Ranch is part of the Tustin Ranch residential development built in the late 1980s and is open to the public. The fee-based course features a restaurant, lounge and multiple event spaces, which feature panoramic views of the fee-based 6,842-yard course, which was designed by Ted Robinson.

•        Yorba Linda Country Club opened in the hills of northern Orange County in 1957 and includes a 6,834-yard layout by Harold Rainville along with a formal dining room, junior Olympic-sized pool and eight tennis courts.

•        Lomas Santa Fe in Solana Beach features a William Bell-designed course offering ocean views. Its non-golf offerings include 14 tennis courts and four pickleball courts. It also has spaces for weddings and corporate meetings.

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