WGC-Accentue Match Play venue now called The Golf Club at Dove Mountain
Some interesting golf news near Tucson, Ariz. The club that hosts the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship has been sold, while the facility that used to host it has a new management company.
We’re talking about the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain being the current host. As you might recall, the Jack Nicklaus-designed course has undergone a little player criticism and tweaks the past few years, but I believe it has served well as a match play course, which is exactly how Jack Nicklaus designed it.
The other news is that The Gallery, which is just a couple of miles away, also in Marana, Ariz., has selected Troon golf to manage its operation. Like the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, it, too, is set in the Tortolita Mountains and is stunning as well.
The exclusively private North Course was designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman. The South Course, featuring subtle elevation changes among thousands of towering saguaros, is also designed by Fought and previously hosted the WGC Accenture in 2007 and 2008 before it moved to the Ritz-Carlton.
“The Gallery rivals some of the best golf communities in the country,” said John Easterbrook, Troon’s executive vice president, operations. “We are honored to have been selected by them and are confident that our management practices will contribute positively to the experience of the members and guests.”
Meanwhile, it was Escalante Golf out of Fort Worth, Texas, that bought the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. So, as you might expect, there is a name change.
The club will be renamed “The Golf Club at Dove Mountain,” and will continue its strong relationship with The Ritz-Carlton hotel, The Residences and the PGA Tour. It is one of the few PGA Tour venues with private membership and resort access through its hospitality partner, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.
Said David McDonald, president of Escalante Golf, Inc., “We will continue to provide our members and guests the same high level of personalized service and attention to detail that is the standard at Dove Mountain.”
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain features 27 holes of championship golf designed by legendary Jack Nicklaus. The layout integrates strategy, variety and the beauty of the mountains to provide a true golfer’s experience. The 45,000 square foot clubhouse features a member’s locker room and grill, a pro shop, outdoor lounges and Cayton’s restaurant.
Established in 1991, Escalante Golf is a boutique owner and operator of luxury golf properties nationwide, including California, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana and New Mexico. The Golf Club at Dove Mountain will be the third Jack Nicklaus Signature course under its ownership. The company’s portfolio now includes 16 properties, many of which are the most prestigious clubs in their respective markets.
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