Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the highly respected and innovative manager of golf courses, country clubs and resorts – has been selected by the Spanish Wells Community Association (SWCA) to manage Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club (Spanish Wells Golf) in Bonita Springs, Fla.
The 1,353 residences – which comprise the SWCA – voted 81% in favor of purchasing Spanish Wells Golf as part of their endeavor to protect open space and increase home values. They were provided significant and welcome assistance in their purchase effort by senior officials of Wells Fargo Bank, which held the former property owners’ mortgage. SWCA secured a loan from Centennial Bank to purchase Spanish Wells Golf.
Following the club’s purchase, SWCA sought established golf management company support. The search led to a partnership with BCG, which owns and operates nearly 150 properties nationwide and more than 25 in Florida. Under the 10-year, license agreement, BCG will oversee course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse activities, golf instruction, merchandising, marketing and public relations, and special events. BCG will also assume financial management with 75% of net revenues being reinvested back into Spanish Wells Golf.
“The acquisition of Spanish Wells Golf by SWCA created the ultimate synergy between a golf course community and its club facilities, aligning community goals to increase both the experience and value for residents and guests,” says Joe Goodrich, BCG Executive Vice President. “We are excited about this opportunity as it represents a replicable model for how residents of golf course communities can assume control over the golf course in their backyard, and ultimately protect open space, community lifestyle and property values.”
Spanish Wells Golf operations will be locally-managed by a professional golf and agronomic team, and supported by a regional and national BCG team that provides expert guidance and direction in all facets of the business. Specific initial capital improvement plans have yet to be determined. BCG will work with SWCA to develop a long-range capital plan based on market opportunities and feedback from residents. Together, the BCG/SWCA partnership will plan and implement the best practices in golf course management, agronomic care and marketing.
“Billy Casper Golf’s impressive track record in situations like ours – and strong Florida presence – gave us confidence our club would thrive under their management,” says Bill Vandergrift, SWCA Board President.
In addition to 27 player-friendly holes, Spanish Wells Golf boasts a state-of-the-art practice facility featuring an aqua driving range, pitching and chipping area, separate practice area for sand play, and a large putting green. Its 32,000 square-foot clubhouse overlooks the beautiful golf facilities and iconic fountain. Panoramic views of the course combined with subtle luxuries create the perfect gathering place for family, friends and neighbors.
About Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club
Nestled in beautiful Bonita Springs, Fla., Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club is a magnificent oasis offering a variety of resident and non-resident memberships. Highlighted by play on 27 championship holes, membership amenities also include a tropical landscaped pool, diverse member dining, a state-of-the-art fitness center, Har Tru tennis courts and Har Tru Bocce Courts.
The golf course features three 18-hole combinations. Tropical palms, mature oak trees and diverse water features define the landscape of a course that embodies the natural beauty of Bonita Springs. Play ranges from 4,800 to 6,800 yards from multiple tee locations.
More information: http://www.spanishwellscountryclub.com, 239.992.5100
About Billy Casper Golf
Billy Casper Golf is one of the largest privately owned golf course management companies in the U.S., with nearly 150 properties in 29 states. Headquartered in Reston, Va. – with regional offices across America – BCG has more than 25 years of results-driven expertise. The company specializes in full-service course management as well as assistance in specific segments of the golf business, including course and property maintenance, staffing and training, career growth, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.
BCG continues to evolve the golf experience through customized solutions and innovative programs like the annual World’s Largest Golf Outing – a national golf fundraiser conceived by BCG Chairman and CEO Peter Hill. The company recently launched its newest management solution, Billy Casper Signature, as a boutique division focused on country club, resort and private club management.
More information: www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.761.1444