After completing Phase One last year to create a new resort-style pool area, the project’s Phase Two renovated and expanded the clubhouse originally built in 1950. In addition to the new Health & Wellness Center, a new Youth Room and Grille Room were created and the Golf Shop was renovated.
Six of the seven head golf professionals in the Linville, N.C. club’s history were honored at a reception as part of the Founders Cup, a weekend-long tournament that pays tribute to the club’s history. “We’ve always tried to make sure the history of Grandfather is told,” said tournament chairman Barry Cook, “[and] the great thing…
Jean Breitenbucher, who was born ten years after the club was founded, became its Office Manager in 1975. In the next 41 years, she saw it transform from a place where ladies dressed in gloves, long dresses and heels for Friday night dinner dances to one where she herself will now be an honorary member.
The 183-room resort in Paradise Valley, Ariz., will feature an 18-hole golf course, Hearth ’61 restaurant, Rusty’s patio and lounge, two 75-foot swimming pools with cabanas, and a pool bar. The opening will bring an end to more than a decade of uncertainty over the property, which was the site of the former Marriott Mountain Shadows that closed in 2004.
The former CEO of Kohler Co. took the home-products and design company into the golf business during his 43 years with the company, building four courses at Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits and buying resort hotel properties in St Andrews, Scotland. He will receive the award named after St Andrews’ long-time superintendent at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego next February.
PGA TOUR Event in La Quinta, Calif., will also have new four-day format, reducing number of courses in rotation to three. Winner will receive a new Bob Hope Trophy.