Golf News for Friday, April 25, 2014 | Business

Billy Casper Golf to manage Seven Oaks Golf Course in New York

VIENNA, Va. -- Colgate University has selected Billy Casper Golf (BCG) - the largest domestic owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts - to manage its Seven Oaks Golf Course (Hamilton, NY), the first design by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

BCG will provide turnkey management of Seven Oaks golf operations, including marketing and sales, staffing and training, merchandising and special events.

Located less than one hour southeast of Syracuse, NY, the 6,915-yard, par 72 Seven Oaks is open to the public with memberships available. Popular among students, faculty, alumni, the general public and area residents, BCG is expanding an events calendar and other programming with special attention to residents, junior, women and senior golfers.

Seven Oaks is in good company with other Trent Jones, Sr. designs which have hosted PGA Tour and major tournaments, including Hazeltine (Minneapolis), Spyglass Hills (Monterey), Firestone (Akron, OH) and Royal Kaanapali (Hawaii), and re-designs at Congressional Country Club (Washington, DC), Olympic Club (San Francisco) and Baltursol (New Jersey).

"To be selected by the prestigious Colgate University is an honor," says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. "The beautiful, parkland-style layout of Seven Oaks has withstood the test of time, and Billy Casper Golf is excited to enhance course offerings to guests and members."

Seven Oaks has hosted many brand-name golf outings and tournaments, including the U.S. Senior Open Championship Qualifier, USGA Men's Amateur Qualifier and NCAA Division I Golf Championship. It has also been named among the "Best Public Golf Courses in New York" by GOLF Magazine and Golfweek.

Situated on the Colgate University campus, Seven Oaks is named for the village in the English County of Kent, where the Colgate family lived before emigrating to the U.S. in the late 18th century. The first nine holes were designed by Trent Jones, Sr. in 1934, they opened in 1956 following the Great Depression and World War II; the second nine was completed in 1965. Trent Jones, Sr. attended nearby Cornell University - like Colgate, in upstate New York - and his love for the area's scenic countryside led him to hold special admiration for Seven Oaks.

Characteristic of famous Trent Jones, Sr. courses, Seven Oaks is known for its strategic placement of water hazards as well as extensive tee areas and large, expansive greens. Complementing the championship 18 holes is the Perkin-Sumption Practice area that opened in 2005 and The Seven Oaks Clubhouse, the full-service restaurant and caterer located at the golf course.

For more information: www.seveoaksgolf.com, 315.824.1432.

About Billy Casper Golf
Founded more than 20 years ago in cooperation with golf legend Billy Casper, the company is the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. with more than 150 properties in 28 states. Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia with regional offices across America, Billy Casper Golf directs all aspects of course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food-and-beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

Billy Casper Golf divisions:
• Buffalo Communications is the leading global golf-lifestyle public relations, branding, marketing-communications and creative services firm representing top brands in and related to golf.

• Buffalo Turf & Landscape Company provides golf course maintenance-only programs with a new fee-for-service structure that allows property owners unfettered visibility into actual activities and costs.

• Women on Course is the nation's premier golf-networking organization, further solidifying Billy Casper Golf's commitment to grow participation in the golf lifestyle.
More information: www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.761.1444.

About Colgate University
Colgate University is a highly selective liberal arts institution distinguished by the dedication of its 272 full-time faculty-scholars, and its commitment to undergraduate research, globalization, technology in teaching, sustainable practices, and residential education. Colgate offers 52 majors to a diverse student body of 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university's 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andy DeKeuster
Billy Casper Golf / Buffalo Communications
703.891.3324
adekeuster@billycaspergolf.com