By Scott Kauffman
Integrity Golf Company, one of the leading golf course operators in the world, is now overseeing club operations at Capital City Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla., pursuant to a long-term arrangement with its members.
This deal, effective Dec. 29, represents Integrity Golf’s foray into the Florida Panhandle. It marks the Orlando-based company’s 21st Florida golf facility under management.
Nestled amongst beautiful rolling hills and covered in tall pines and large moss-draped oaks, Capital City Country Club is a picturesque 18-hole course designed by renowned architect A.W. Tillinghast. It is located less than two miles from the Florida State Capitol.
In addition to a championship course, this historic club also comprises a swimming pool, five tennis courts (three hard; two clay), dining and banquet facilities, fully equipped locker rooms and golf pro shop.
“It’s a privilege for our company to be associated with Capital City’s membership and this one-of-a-kind property,” says Integrity Golf chief executive officer Gene Garrote, whose private company is ranked among the “Top 25 Management Companies in the World” by Golf Inc. magazine. “We’re eager to help rejuvenate this historic golf and country club and turn it into Tallahassee’s most desirable golf and leisure destination.”
Capital City’s membership noted Integrity Golf’s future capital commitments and mutually shared club vision as the main reasons they were selected as the club’s new operators.
“I appreciate that Integrity saw the potential in our club and they were willing to invest in our infrastructure,” says club president Jim Pfeil. “The fact they are financially sound was important. There was an instant feeling that Integrity Golf saw things differently from others we talked to and they have a different business model.”
Capital City’s roots go back more than 100 years when Tallahassee Country Club was originally organized in 1908 as a small golf course and tennis courts on the grounds of a private estate known as The Grove. Before the end of the 1920s, Capital City grew to nine holes with and a new clubhouse was constructed on the north side of the present 13th hole.
In the mid-to-late 1930s, while under ownership of the City of Tallahassee, Tillinghast was hired to design a championship 18-hole layout. It remained a municipal course until May 1956, when the newly chartered Capital City Country Club, including many of the original Tallahassee Country Club members, assumed control of the club.
Based in Orlando, Fla., Integrity Golf Company owns and manages more than 30 private clubs, daily-fee facilities, municipal courses and resort properties throughout the United States. The private company’s portfolio of highly acclaimed properties is currently represented in Florida, New York, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Idaho. For additional news and information, visit www.IntegrityGolfco.com or connect on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IntegrityGolf