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Troon to Manage Château Élan Golf Club in Braselton, Georgia

7 Jan, 2019


Troon®, the leader in golf management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage the golf operations and clubhouse food and beverage operations at Château Élan Golf Club in Braselton, Georgia. Owned by an affiliate of Wheelock Street Capital, the 45-hole club is located approximately 40 minutes northeast of Atlanta and is part of the beautiful Château Élan Winery & Resort.  

Château Élan recently completed an extensive clubhouse renovation and expansion. Designed by Blur Workshop, an Atlanta-based architectural firm, the golf clubhouse now includes a new front porch and players’ lounge, a newly redesigned golf shop, expanded locker rooms with new finishes and fixtures as well as a new roof, paint and landscaping around the exterior. The club’s restaurant has been rebranded as “The Sarazen Bar & Grille” and now includes a large central bar, an open dining room layout, an entirely new 1,053 square-foot back porch for outdoor dining and a new “backyard” area with lounge seating and fire pits for before or after dinner enjoyment. 

Château Élan Golf Club features two 18-hole championship golf courses and a 9-hole par 3 Short Course – all three courses are open to resort and daily-fee play. The Club’s Château Course opened in 1989 and was designed by Denis Griffiths. The 7,030-yard, par-71 course winds along three lakes and two creeks with water coming into play on 10 of the 18 holes. The Woodlands Course, also a Denis Griffith’s design, opened for play in 1996. The rolling hills and tree-lined fairways of this stun­ning 6,735-yard, par-72 course, provide spectacular views on nearly every hole. The Club’s Short Course is located behind the Inn at Château Élan and features beautifully landscaped holes varying in length from 100 yards to more than 200 yards.

“Château Élan is a stunning property,” said Mitch Harrell, president, Troon Golf. “We’re excited about the recent clubhouse enhancements and improvements made around the club. Our golf and F&B teams will now look to enhance the entire guest experience at the Château Élan Golf Club.”

Château Élan’s “Wee Links” short game practice facility offers a place for guests to practice putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play. To assist guests in further improving their short-games, Château Élan is now home to a Dave Pelz Golf School, with one-day clinics as well as two and three-day schools available throughout the year. In addition to outstanding golf, Château Élan also features an award-winning winery, resort, conference center, eight restaurants, a spa, tennis center and an equestrian center.

“We are excited to have two industry leaders as our golf partners,” said Keith Manning, VP of Asset Management for Wheelock Street Capital. “Troon and Dave Pelz Golf are both considered frontrunners in their respective fields.”

For more information on Château Élan Golf Club, visit www.chateauelan.com or call (678) 425-6050.

About Château Élan Winery & Resort: The Winery, with its 32 acres of vines, is located at 100 Tour De France in Braselton, Georgia just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. Château Élan Winery & Resort is North Georgia’s premier meeting, event and vacation destination. On the 3,500-acre estate sits a 16th century-styled French château with a full service winery and tasting bar, a AAA Four Diamond Inn and conference center, a 35,000-square foot European spa mansion, championship golf, tennis center, multiple dining outlets and more. For more information call 678-425-0900 or visit www.chateauelan.com.

About Wheelock Street Capital: Wheelock Street Capital was formed in 2008 by Rick Kleeman and Jonathan Paul, two veteran real estate private equity investors, each with over 25 years of broad real estate transaction experience across all major asset classes. Wheelock has since raised over $2 billion in capital commitments and is currently investing its fifth fund comprising $725 million of commitments from leading pension funds, endowments and foundations. Wheelock will invest in a broad range of real estate assets throughout the United States. The fund may invest directly or with high quality joint venture partners through a variety of capital structures and transaction types, including acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations. Learn more at wheelockst.com.

About Troon: Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 360 locations around the globe, including 280 golf courses at 246 facilities. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 35 states and 30 countries, divisions of Troon include Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon), Troon International and Cliff Drysdale Management. There are currently 60 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 80 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville, Delaware; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Lofoten Links in Norway; and Mollymook Golf Club in Australia. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Blog, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Golf & Travel.

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