The owners of the American Canyon, Calif., club considered building lodging on-site, but instead opted to buy the nearby hotel for $10 million. The club plans to invest $1 million in the facility to enlarge the breakfast room, three conference rooms, and offer full dining options through the club’s catering services.
Eagle Vines Golf Club has purchased the Holiday Inn Express in American Canyon, Calif., in an effort to provide lodging close by, the Napa, Calif., Napa Valley Register reported.
The golf club does not have its own hotel on site. Eagle Vines had considered building one, but decided the better option was to buy the Holiday Inn Express for approximately $10 million, the Register reported.
“My owners’ dream is to set up hotel accommodations here on site,” said Nobu Mizuhara, General Manager and vice president.
The golf course is owned by Yoichi and Keiko Erikawa, founders of Koei Co. Ltd., a video game developer in Japan that merged to become Koei Tecmo Holdings Co. Developing their own lodging at Eagle Vines would have taken longer and involved getting more water from the city of American Canyon, which provides the golf course with its water, the Register reported.
“We found a nice accommodation there” at the Holiday Inn Express, said Mizuhara. The golf course is only five minutes away by car or shuttle, which Eagle Vines plans to start providing. Eagle Vines also intends to offer golf and lodging packages in the near future, the Register reported.
The company already hosts weddings that overlook the golfing greens. The availability of a nearby hotel is expected to help boost this part of their business, according to Mizuhara. Changes are already being made at the Holiday Inn Express since the sale became official on June 23, the Register reported.
The hotel has a new general manager, Kenta Kamohara, who spent the past 10 years managing hotels in Southern California. Kamohara will oversee a $1 million investment at the Holiday Inn Express aimed at expanding accommodations, the Register reported.
There are plans to remodel and enlarge the breakfast room as well as the hotel’s three conference rooms. To entice more corporate meetings, the hotel intends to offer full dining options through Eagle Vines’ catering services. The Holiday Inn Express does not have a full-size kitchen to prepare meals, the Register reported.