McConnell Golf, the new management team at Members has announced to terminate the practice of public playing at the Members Club. The management company has been endowed with management responsibilities of the club by Lstar that purchased the club last December.
Members Club initially started with the idea of being a private club when it was opened in 2005. But housing slump & recession hit ambience in the late 2000s had the club struggling to gain members. Thus, since 2011, Members Club started the facility of private playing to attract better number of members. The club accepted public play from the resort guests, select hotels & golf-package providers. Infusion of the revenue led to a solid boost in membership.
“Our plan at present is the restoration of the club according to its original intent to stay true to the vision of its founders Burroughs and Chapin”, commented Christian Anastasiadis, the McConnell Golf COO. “I feel it would be better to get private in the current market which seems overwhelmed with the public courses.”
The Grande Dunes golf course is the 1st among the ten courses operated by McConnell Golf & not owned by the management company. The company is into a 2 year contract which would be renewed automatically post the initial termination of the contract.
According to the report from Brian Vest, the Members Club chief- member, guest & public play at the club amounted to around 18,000 rounds last year. Under the new management declaration, Members Club would have to cancel all the golf package tours which were reserved in advance for 2014 spring.
Vest stressed that the Grande Dunes club has got more than 180 golf members along with 180 social golf members. The club had lesser to 125 members when it first started outside play in 2011.