Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, a 228-room luxury resort in California wine country, less than an hour from San Francisco, has purchased the Sonoma Golf Club, which originally opened in 1927 as part of the Inn. The 18-hole championship course is now the centerpiece of the Sonoma Mission Inn Golf & Country Club.
The Sam Snead Golf Academy has opened at the The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Snead combined his secrets with those of the John Jacobs Golf Group to create the Academy, which will offer half-day and one-day programs and one-hour clinics. The 642-room resort has 30 meeting rooms that accommodate up to 2,000 people.
The Boulders Resort, Carefree, Ariz. (owned and operated by Grand Bay Hotels & Resorts), is working with architect Jay Moorish to renovate the property's two golf courses. As the desert has matured around the North Course and the South Course, the strategy of many holes has been affected, and architect Moorish will evaluate the courses hole by hole.
A new Tom Weiskopf-designed course will open this summer at Shanty Creek, a resort and conference center on 4,000 acres in Bellaire, Mich. The Cedar River Golf Club will join The Legend, Schuss Mountain Golf Club, and the Summit Golf Club to offer 72 holes of golf.
The 463-room Ritz-Carlton, Naples recently debuted Tiburon (Spanish for "shark"), 27 holes of Greg Norman-designed championship golf. Opening in conjunction with Tiburon is the Rick Smith Golf Academy. A 36,000-square-foot clubhouse will be completed at Tiburon by the end of the year, and the 295-room Ritz-Carlton, Naples Golf Lodge, located directly on the golf course, will open in late 2000.
Shangri-La's 330-room Rasa Ria Resort in Sabah, Malaysia, opened the Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club. Two rivers and three hills make up the boundaries for the course, and from the first tee there is a view of the South China Sea.
Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort, Galena, Ill., has announced a multimillion-dollar program to enhance its inn and four golf courses to be completed by the end of next year. Remodeling of the resort's four courses and refurbishing of the clubhouse have already been completed. The golf operation is managed by Troon Golf.
The Ken Venturi Golf Academy opened last summer at the newly renovated, 650-room Nevele Grande Resort & Spa in Ellenville, N.Y., in the Catskills. The resort's 27-hole Fazio/Robert Trent Jones golf course also was expanded to 36 holes.