The Lewisville, Texas golf club is becoming fully private as of May 1, 2014, capping a rise in the club’s fortune after reopening in September 2011 as a semi-private club. The change coincides with the opening of a new 4,000-sq. ft. fitness center, in addition to this year’s unveiling of tennis courts, a resort-style pool, and upgraded indoor and outdoor dining.
The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville, Texas, is becoming fully private as of May 1, 2014.
The announcement, made at an annual gala member tribute event at the golf club’s clubhouse, caps a rise in the club’s fortunes after reopening in September 2011 as a semi-private club.
The club will continue to welcome new members as the May date approaches before transitioning to a member-only country club. The change coincides with the opening of a new 4,000-sq. ft. fitness center further enhancing the club’s amenities in addition to this year’s additions of tennis courts, resort-style pool, and upgraded indoor and outdoor dining to complement the renovated Jay Morrish-designed golf course.
“Taking the organization private has been part of our plan for The Lakes since Bright Realty assumed ownership in 2010 and management in 2011,” said Chris Bright, Chief Executive Officer of Bright Realty. “The significant course renovations and recent addition of club amenities have been extremely well-received. The clubhouse will also undergo a major renovation bringing The Lakes to the next chapter of being an exclusive private club.”
PGA Professional Chris Martinez, who serves as the club’s General Manager, said announcement of the club’s transition to fully private brought an excitement to our staff as much as it has to the membership.
“Bright Realty’s long term plan for the club continues to unfold in the scripted direction and the past two years are a great testament of that,” Martinez said. “It’s a huge milestone for us and our many members and something we are quite proud of.”
The course was originally opened in 1999 as the Golf Club at Castle Hills. It was closed in May 2011 for extensive renovation and opened that September as The Lakes at Castle Hills.
Currently there is water on 17 of the 18 holes as well as Arkansas crushed quartz bunker sand and premium Mini Verde greens. The 245 acres were originally Bright family farmland.
The Lakes continues to receive extremely favorable reviews from members, their guests and golf patrons. The facility was awarded Renovation of the Year by Avid Golfer magazine and a finalist in the Renovation of the Year by Golf Inc. magazine.
“Taking the club private will only add to the overall experience. It will allow us to continue providing this kind of environment, as well as an outstanding level of personal service, which I hear from members is unmatched from experiences they’ve had at other clubs,” Bright said. “They appreciate being greeted by name at the valet and that the bartender knows their preferred drink.”
Over the last two years, the course has hosted premier golf events including The Bright Realty Texas State Open along with the PGA Tour qualifying events including Web.com PGA Tour 1st Stage Qualifying and HP Byron Nelson Championship Pre-Qualifying and Monday Qualifying Tournaments, which continue in 2014.
“Not many courses are transitioning from semi-private to fully private, offering the type of customer service experience, quality course conditions and high quality club amenities that we do. We’re certainly proud of the progress our organization has accomplished to date and we look forward to achieving the many positive milestones we have set forth for our staff and member experience,” Martinez said.