BRASELTON, Ga. – Aug. 21, 2018 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century-styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills – has selected Troon® – the leader in golf management, development, and marketing – to manage the golf and clubhouse food and beverage operations at the Château Élan Golf Club.
Featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses and a 9-hole par 3 short course, Château Élan’s Golf Club is 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 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.
“With their level of expertise in golf management, the decision to partner with Troon came naturally,” said Ed Walls, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “This will continue to expand upon and elevate the exceptional offerings already provided here at Chateau Elan.”
Recently renovated by Blur Workshop – an Atlanta-based architectural firm – Château Élan Golf Club now includes a refreshed front porch and players’ lounge, a newly redesigned golf shop, expanded locker rooms with upgraded 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’s Bar & Grille” and now includes a large central bar, an open dining room, an entirely new 1,053 square-foot back porch for outdoor dining overlooking the 18th green, and “backyard” area with lounge seating and fire pits.
“Château Élan is a stunning property,” said Mitch Harrell, president, Troon. “We’re excited about the recent enhancements and improvements made around the club. Our golf and food and beverage 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. The golf clubhouse features a golf shop, locker rooms and restaurant and bar. In addition to outstanding golf, Château Élan also offers guests traveling for business or leisure a unique destination experience marked by its unmatched luxury, distinguished offerings and amenities. Home to the most awarded winery in the Southeast, seven delectable restaurants, 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and a destination spa, Château Élan invites guests of all preferences to explore and enjoy the property’s picturesque land and architecture.
Guests also have the option to choose an exclusive overnight ‘Stay & Play Experience,’ including a deluxe overnight room in the Inn at Château Élan, unlimited golf, cart access and range balls on the Troon branded Château course or Woodlands course. Tee times are recommended at the time of booking. “We are excited to have two industry leaders as our golf partners,” said Keith Manning, vice president of asset management for Wheelock Street Capital. “Troon and Dave Pelz Golf are both considered frontrunners in their respective fields.” To learn more about the Château Élan Golf Club, please visit chateauelan.com or call 678-425-6050 or to book a tee time, call 678-425-0900 extension 41.
Château Élan Winery & Resort
As North Georgia’s premier meeting, event and vacation destination, Château Élan Winery & Resort is located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. On the 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 sq. ft. European spa, 45 holes of championship golf, tennis center, seven delectable restaurants and more. The winery and resort is owned by an affiliate of Wheelock Street Capital and managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts, while Troon manages the golf experience.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 330 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.
Wheelock Street Capital (www.wheelockst.com) 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.