Patterson, Calif. – Troon Golf, the world’s largest golf course management company, announced Jan. 12 it will take over management of Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club in Patterson, Calif..
The 36-hole San Francisco Bay Area golf facility is set in the historic ranchlands of western Stanislaus County, which features rolling hills, native wildlife, stands of oak trees, creeks, and vineyards.
Uniquely settled above the Northern California fog line, Diablo Grande is a 30,000-acre residential and golf resort community, located in California’s Central Valley. Offering stunning views and sunny days throughout the year, the historic ranch is 80 miles east of San Francisco and 25 miles west of Modesto. With more than 500 homes built and sold, future plans include a five-star, amenity driven resort and spa and a convention center as the development’s anchor. The low-density community will have Spanish colonial villas and a variety of single-family residences, equestrian center, riding trails and a Napa Valley style vineyard with a warm and inviting tasting room.
A specialty shopping village with a grocery store, dining alternatives, banking services, café and office suites will serve the community as well. Currently, development plans encompass the entire acreage with Phase I development, featuring 2,100 lots and the two tournament-caliber courses. Seeking inspiration from the surrounding beauty and its California heritage, the vision for the continued development is a resort-style life with casual elegance and an emphasis on wellness.
“Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club is a wonderful addition to our portfolio,” said John Easterbrook, Troon’s executive vice president of operations. “We’re confident our management services will be a great complement to the facility’s unique character and renowned golf courses.”
The 7,100-yard Legends Course, appropriately designed by golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Gene Sarazen, meanders through the natural terrain and surrounding vineyards and has been recognized as one of the best golf courses in the state of California by Golf Digest. The Ranch Course at Diablo Grande, measuring 7,200 yards, was designed by award-winning course architect Denis Griffiths. Characterized by long and narrow fairways, The Ranch Course demands distance and accuracy off the tee. Majestic oak trees, rolling terrain, bunkers and ponds create an array of challenges on all 36 holes at Diablo Grande.
New to Diablo Grande is Chad Pettingill, a 12-year veteran of Troon Golf who has been appointed as the club’s general manager. Pettingill brings several years of valued experience to the club after serving Troon Golf at five different facilities, primarily in the southwest. Pettingill has also been a member of the PGA of America since 1995 and played golf on the collegiate level at the University of Utah.
“The property has received a breath of fresh air, and is now ideally poised for Troon Golf’s operational team to come in,” said Andres Szita of Laurus Corporation. “We are pleased with the agreement, and are excited to have Troon on board in this next phase of Diablo Grande’s growth.”
Troon Golf oversees golf properties located in 31 states and 26 countries. Among Troon’s higher profile properties are Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., The Golf Club at Equinox in Manchester Village, Vt., One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island, Bahamas, and The Grove in London, England.