Golf News for Friday, August 24, 2012 | Real Estate

Escalante Golf unveils masterplan for Florida's Black Diamond

LECANTO, Fla. -- Escalante Golf, owner / operator of Black Diamond, has unveiled a multi-million dollar masterplan for the iconic golf community and home of Tom Fazio's famed Quarry Course 75 miles north of Tampa.

In concert with Black Diamond's 25th anniversary, the masterplan features a major clubhouse redesign; numerous golf course enhancements including bunker renovations, course lengthening and amenity upgrades; and new residential products and memberships.

"Our goal is to build on Black Diamond's world-class reputation to ensure the club's long-term sustainability and exclusivity," says David McDonald, president of Escalante Golf. "The comprehensive masterplan demonstrates a continuing commitment to our existing members, and is a point of pride and emphasis in attracting new members and residents who share our vision and values."

Phase one begins this month with extensive clubhouse renovations. The new interior design was crafted by nationally recognized, Club Design Associates and features upgrades to the dining facilities, boardrooms, outdoor patios, flooring, furniture and mechanical systems. The second phase will focus on the golf shop, retail environment and locker rooms.

To further elevate the pure golf experience, award-winning golf course architect David Whelchel will work closely with Escalante and Black Diamond to identify opportunities to lengthen and modernize the golf courses. The course improvements begin with the redesign and reconstruction of all 208 bunkers throughout the courses and practice facilities using the state-of-the-art Better Billy Bunker Method.

Additionally this quarter, Black Diamond Real Estate will begin construction of its first "show" home, The Augusta, overlooking the fourth hole on the Highlands Course. Architecturally appealing and energy efficient, it marks a new era of home building inside the gates.

A boutique owner/operator based in Fort Worth, Texas, Escalante purchased Black Diamond from original owner Stan Olsen in March 2011. It immediately charted a course to breath energy and vitality back into the exclusive Citrus County golf club. This effort began with re-establishing the Quarry Course as one of the premier golf experiences in the U.S.

For more information:, (800) 328-8099.

About Black Diamond
Featuring three Tom Fazio-designed courses -- The Quarry, The Ranch and The Highlands -- Black Diamond has established itself as Florida's No. 1 residential golf community since 1987.

The Quarry Course, set amid limestone cliffs, live oak trees, dogwoods, myrtles and magnolias, has been ranked one of "America's 100 Greatest Courses" by Golf Digest and among the "Top 100 Courses in the U.S." by GOLF Magazine. Black Diamond has earned a place on LINKS Magazine's list of "America's 100 Premier Properties," and is perennially featured on Golfweek's "Best U.S. Residential Golf Courses" list.

Completed in 1997, Black Diamond's Ranch Course was carefully crafted to gently blend into its natural surroundings. Reminiscent of Pine Valley, The Ranch Course sports rolling fairways and dramatic elevation changes of over 100 feet. With stunning hilltop views of up to 25 miles, the nine-hole Highlands Course (completed in 1999), is a magnificent mix of lush, rippling fairways, stands of oak and pine, pristine water features and mesmerizing natural beauty.

Located in bucolic Citrus County, Black Diamond is a 1.5 hour drive from Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO), both of which feature direct service from markets in the U.S. and abroad.

About Escalante Golf
Established in 1991, Escalante Golf is a boutique owner and operator of luxury golf properties nationwide, including California, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and New Mexico. Operating partners David McDonald, Elcio Silva, Robert Silva and David Matheson direct the Escalante team with offices in Fort Worth, Texas.

For more information:, (407) 739-8729.

Shane Sharp
Buffalo Communications

Jane Milbrandt
Buffalo Communications