Police and firefighters responded to a blaze at the Durham, N.C., club on April 15, where the tennis building was engulfed in flames. Steven Watts, 18, was charged with arson of a commercial building, breaking and entering and larceny, according to police. Police have charged a man with setting a fire that engulfed the tennis…
McConnell Golf, which purchased the Charlotte, N.C. club in 2016, will present plans to the membership on January 11th. The course project will focus on bunkers, irrigation, transitioning greens to Champion Bermuda and creating new, dramatic looks from the fairways, In the clubhouse, dining areas will be improved, with the bar expanded and relocated to a larger back room.
Led by Executive Chef James R. Patterson III, the three-person team from the Greensboro, N.C., club finished second in the interactive culinary competition held across the Carolinas throughout the year. Guests and culinary professional judges voted on the winners without knowing whose food they tasted.
James R. Patterson III, originally from Wilmington, N.C., became Executive Chef of Sedgefield Country Club, a McConnell Golf property in Greensboro, N.C., in March 2014. Patterson has been with McConnell for more than ten years and his dishes feature local ingredients prepared with an upscale Southern flair. Before joining McConnell, Patterson’s resume featured restaurant experience…
Golf properties in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida are cleaning up after the storm, with most facilities now open after contending with downed trees, debris and flooding.
The Knoxville, Tenn., property held a soft opening for the new facility on July 23, offering raffles, a healthy lunch, and free group fitness classes. The club is also renovating a former dining room from the ground up, with new flooring, paint, lighting and equipment.
The management-firm pool continues to get broader and deeper, as more club, resort and golf properties decide they don’t want to face the post-recession world alone.
“We’re gaining scale and the industry has turned around,” John McConnell said in assessing the state of his 12-club portfolio.
The 16 new tee boxes, which will be built in early June and will range from 800 to 1,000 sq. ft., are part of the Myrtle Beach, S.C., club’s grow-the-game philosophy, providing a total measurement of 4,400 yards, or less than 250 yards per hole.
The 27-hole public facility is the second-oldest course in the Raleigh, N.C. area and becomes the first non-private operation in McConnell’s portfolio. Creation of a McConnell Golf Training Center is planned as part of the 10-year lease arrangement.
The purchase of the 27-year-old private club in Charlotte, N.C. brings the Raleigh, N.C.-based ownership company’s total portfolio to 12 properties in the Carolinas and Tennessee. McConnell says it plans $4 million in improvements at Providence, including new fitness and activity areas and upgrades to the clubhouse and golf course.
The 89-year-old club in Knoxville, Tenn., is the first property that the management firm will operate outside of the Carolinas, and the fourth in its 11-club portfolio with a Donald Ross-designed golf course.
The Raleigh, N.C.-based owner/operator of private golf clubs in the Carolinas is “still evaluating the club at this point.” The Charlotte, N.C., club’s golf course was redesigned in 2006 and the remainder of its facilities were renovated in 2014.
The group has requested a court order for a reappraisal of their shares, which they contend are worth tens of thousands of dollars more than the value assigned to them at the time of the club’s sale to McConnell Golf last fall.
McConnell Golf alone plans to spend close to $250,000 to repair damage at its 11 facilities. Bryan Park Golf Course, a public facility in Greensboro, N.C., was among the worst hit, and lost about 30 acres of turf across its two 18-hole layouts.