Irwin Golf Management, a partner company of Hale Irwin Golf Services, is now managing Andover’s Terradyne Country Club.
It is welcome news for the country club, which has about 300 members but has been struggling financially due to the economy and proximity of its competitors in the Wichita area.
Irwin Golf Management is based in Denver. It will oversee all aspects of Terradyne’s operations, including: member programs, golf course maintenance, sales, marketing, merchandising, financial management, tournaments and leasing.
Andover Mayor Ben Lawrence, who is a member at Terradyne, said he’s met with the Irwin group several times and is excited about the new management.
“I think it’s a positive step,” Lawrence said. “I’ve asked them what, if anything, the City of Andover could do to in assisting them in their endeavors. But they seem to be blazing their own path.”
Attracting new members is a priority. Among those Lawrence has talked to is Hale Irwin, a Kansas native who has won the U.S. Open three times and has 20 PGA Tour victories on his resume.
Terradyne’s owners are Duke Evans, Rob Patton, Don Marvin, Mark Wellemeyer, Chris Stevens, Jeff Bennett and two anonymous investors.
An 18-hole, Scottish style course, Terradyne was designed by architect Donald Sechrest. It has received a four-star rating from Golf Digest’s annual “Places to Play” survey as well as mention in Golfweek magazine’s list of “Best Courses You Can Play.”
“We have been impressed with Irwin Golf Management’s hands-on approach and expertise from the very beginning” said Craig Smith, Managing Partner of Terradyne Partnership. “They manage Terradyne as a business partner would, not just as an operator. Their approach has already had an immediate, positive impact on our golf and social experiences at the club.
“We look forward to working with Irwin Golf Management in 2012 and beyond.”
In addition to the 130-acre golf course, Terradyne also has a practice facility with a 360 degree driving range, short game range and separate three-hole practice course. Non golf amenities include a fitness facility, tennis courts, pool and the Hereford House restaurant.
Steve Irwin, Hale’s son, said the group is upgrading the golf course and clubhouse. Terradyne will also now be open to limited public play and outings.
“With Terradyne’s longstanding history, the club enjoys a solid membership base and strong name recognition in the region,” he said. “Our team has a focused, strategic vision for the club, including new membership classifications to align with market demographics and expanded member amenities within the clubhouse. … We are looking forward to delivering a great experience for the members and guests of this iconic property.”
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