O.B. Sports starts maintenance division

OB Sports Golf Management continues to expand as the company announced a new landscape division. The addition will focus on maintaining the greater master planned communities surrounding the company’s golf courses, and will also seek additional landscaping contracts. OB Sports manages courses from David McLay Kidd-designed Tetherow Golf Club in Bend, Oregon, to Greg Norman-designed Stone Canyon Golf Club in Kansas City, Missouri.

Luke Beardmore joins OB Sports as Vice President of Landscape and Turf Care alongside the new division. Prior to OB Sports, Beardmore built and managed a landscape maintenance company for BlueStar Resort and Golf that grew to over $4 million dollars in total revenue annually in just three short years.

Richard Mandell is in the schematic design for renovations at Jamestown Park Golf Course in Jamestown, North Carolina. Mandell plans to extend the course from 6,665 yards to 6,795. The city had not chosen a clubhouse architect by early March.

Mandell also wraps up construction on the renovated Ellis Maples-designed Orangeburg Country Club in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The 18-hole course that once stretched 6,702 yards for play now extends to 7,032 yards. The project pitched Orangeburg’s West Summers as the clubhouse architect while Zeus Inc. headed the development.

Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Kearney, Nebraska is moving forward. The Jim Engh-designed course will feature an indoor and outdoor golf academy that the University of Nebraska, Kearney, will sponsor. Premier homesites with views of the course will surround Awarii Dunes. The course hired Bauer Voss to sell market private club memberships.

The 18-hole semi-private course will resemble softer Irish links courses like Tom Simpson-designed County Louth and Castlerock Golf Club. Engh foresees minimal excavation of the area while avoiding damage to existing grasses and vegetation. Niebur Golf of Colorado Springs will handle the construction at Awarii Dunes.  Awarii Dnes is owned by Kent Freudenberg, an attorney based in Colorado Springs.

Cybex International continues to pick up high-end clients as the Olympic Club in San Francisco and the Pete Dye-designed Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic now feature the company’s fitness products. Casa de Campo features three Dye courses and the new David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Cybex will also come in handy for the Olympic Club as it will host the 2012 US Open championship.

Richland, Washington is looking for a management company to take over operation of its’ Columbia Point Golf Course, the city announced March 9.

The city’s current management agreement expires at the end of 2010, and it expects to issue an RFP by June. The City of Richland is located in southeast Washington State with a population of approximately 45,000 residents.  It is part of the rapidly growing Tri-Cities, which include Richland, Kennewick and West Richland located in Benton County, and Pasco located in Franklin County. With a population of 235,700, Tri-Cities is the fourth largest and fastest growing Metropolitan Statistical Area in Washington State.

Columbia Point Golf Course is an upscale, daily fee facility. It did 41,079 rounds in 2009 with total revenue of $1,512,636.

Interested companies should send contact information, website address, courses managed and courses owned by e-mail to ljordan@ci.richland.wa.usby April 2, 2010.    

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