Troon Golf to manage Sequoyah National Golf Club

Troon Golf has added the fifth Native American-owned golf and casino resort property to its portfolio with a contract to manage Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee, N.C.
The luxury property, owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and developed in concert with PGA Tour player Notah Begay’s NB3 Consulting organization, features a Robert Trent Jones II-designed 18-hole course and the 600-room Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel & Casino.
The Sequoyah National course is scheduled to open in September of this year. The hotel is currently in the middle of a major expansion that will increase the room count to 1,300 by 2011.
Other Native American-owned properties managed by Troon include Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass and Talking Stick Golf Club in Arizona, Yocha-De-He Golf Club at Cache Creek Casino Resort in California and Lake of Isles in Connecticut. 


Just played this brand new Trent Jones (Sequoyah National in Cherokee, NC) course and found the most striking thing about the course was not the fairways, not the white sand traps or the gorgeous undulating greens....all of which where picturesque, but were lost in the distance from the elevated tee boxes. If you like a Mountain Climbers "Cart Path Only" course then this is the place for you. Even the driving range sports a 1000 foot drop to the back pin which I gather converts to a 200 plus yard drive....unless you have the Pin Seeker range finder with elevation calculations built'll never know. There's nothing I can comment on that isn't over shadowed by the elevation of the tee boxes or the cart paths or the greens. The course is literally cut out of the Smokies and in some cases simply jumps from one peak to another. The 3 or 4 flat holes are still in need of some growth time to fill in the cliff sides and ravines that gash across the landscape. This is a Hiking Mans course...bring ropes and climbing gear or be dam good at cart path golf. Oh and by the way bring lots of balls....the rough tends to fall off sharply. Bring sustenance with thee as well, as the 9th hole only leads to the 10th so your going to be "Out there for some time". We were looking at a 7 hour round as there were two groups of 6 in front of us. Yes 6, we were lucky, one of them played some golf...the others seemed to be playing crocket! We opted to go around both groups as we just couldn't take it any more. We even skipped #3 after watching in disbelief for almost half an hour as they foot wedged their way along....thank god it was all down hill, otherwise we'd still be out there. The staff were extremely nice and even apologetic and did what they could under the circumstances. The course is a novelty and attracts the curious. One group was asked if they could speed things up and offered to play only every second hole as they were just out to take an $80 look around the place. Yep they paid $80 each to flounder around a pretty golf course.....or scarier yet...maybe the Casino gave them passes to play around, in which case....golfers need not apply :-( jh

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