The site in Fort Myers, Fla. was previously owned by the Worthington Group (a partnership comprised of three families), which developed this prestigious, low-density gated community in 2003 with 386 homesites on more than 500 acres. The club has an 18-hole championship golf course, a 36,000-sq.-ft. Mediterranean clubhouse, spa & fitness club, and an 18-hole, Par 3 course woven into the layout of the larger course. “It was vitally important to me that we identified the right cultural fit for the club and community, and that’s what we found in Concert Golf,” says Brian Rigsby, co-owner of Renaissance.
The Club at Renaissance in Fort Myers, Fla. has been acquired by Concert Golf Partners from the Worthington Group (a partnership comprised of three families), which developed this prestigious, low-density gated community in 2003 with 386 homesites on more than 500 acres.
The Club at Renaissance is the 27th club acquired by Concert Golf Partners.
Arthur Hills was hired to design the 18-hole championship golf course, which GolfWeek named as one of its Top 40 New Courses in 2005. The 36,000-sq.-ft. Mediterranean clubhouse and spa & fitness club complex was designed by David Humphrey, the Naples architect who designed Grey Oaks, Bears Paw, Quail West, and numerous other top clubhouses.
Renaissance has garnered accolades for its architecture and design, along with its unique 18-hole, par 3 short course (dubbed “The 54”) woven throughout the existing par-72 layout. “We sought to develop a club with an exceptional experience and club culture compelling to each member of the family,” said Brian Rigsby, co-owner of Renaissance. He continued, “…as I’ll remain intimately involved in the community by retaining our real estate operation, it was vitally important to me that we identified the right cultural fit for the club and community, and that’s what we found in Concert Golf.”
The Club at Renaissance has been thriving and debt-free for most of its 20+ year existence, anchoring a successful residential community that is nearly sold out. The past few years have set records for club membership and revenues, while the developer group has sought to maintain its exclusive feel and to continue investing in the amenities of the club. In 2020, Worthington unveiled “Renaissance 2.0,” a club-wide capital investment plan, which included a new pool bar and outdoor dining patio, golf performance academy, fire pit, bocce ball, pickleball courts, and more.
“As we contemplated the forthcoming capital investments, coupled with the fact that we were approaching sell out of the real estate – we re-engaged with the team at Concert Golf after having been introduced a few years earlier by a private club consultant,” said Jeff Darragh, founder and partner.
The Worthington partnership sought liquidity on their investment, while preserving their strong reputation as they refocused their time and energy on their core business of real estate development. “We are an ideal solution for successful developer groups like Worthington,” said Concert Golf CEO Peter Nanula. “Each partner achieved their financial goals, and they were all able to leave their beloved Club at Renaissance in the hands of a boutique club hospitality firm with the resources and commitment to preserve what is special about Renaissance.”
Rodney Poole, the managing partner of Renaissance, continued, “We worked exclusively with Concert Golf to craft a transaction and a transition for our club and community that would ensure a long-term future for Renaissance in keeping with our vision.”
An official with Concert Golf said they are happy to join another market in Florida.
“We are excited to enter the greater Fort Myers/Naples market, one of the fastest growing population centers in the country. The time we spent with the owners listening to their concerns and hopes for the Club’s future and collaborating on how to execute a seamless transition proved to be invaluable,” said Matthew Hobbins, Vice President at Concert Golf. “Brian and Rodney spent a considerable amount of time visiting other clubs in our portfolio, and by engaging with our members and staff, they came away reassured that we were the right partner for Renaissance. This is not a decision that club owners take lightly; this often represents years, sometimes decades of persistence and dedication that they are entrusting to another.”
This acquisition continues the recent trend from Concert Golf of partnering with developers and private owners to acquire highly successful clubs and ensure that the club will thrive for years to come.
Susan Dunnavant, COO of Concert Golf added, “Renaissance fits nicely within our growing portfolio, and we look forward to joining forces with the existing staff who will now have greater opportunities for professional development, access to best-in-class training, and increased responsibilities for those who seek them. The existing staff are always a key ingredient to our success, as they know the membership best and are often champions of the special culture we are seeking to preserve.”