Course from Premier Golf International
|SANTA BARBARA, CA – July 15, 2005 - Today, local property
owner Ty Warner purchased Rancho San Marcos Golf Course from Premier Golf
International, a continued sign of Mr. Warner’s devotion to invest in properties
that define the community for the betterment of the region and its residents.
Rancho San Marcos has suffered financially in recent years. Mr. Warner seeks to improve the beauty and ecological-friendliness of the course through new advancements in environmental maintenance procedures, as well as enhance the golf experience for those who use the course.
“This is a course that adds tremendously to the tranquil, bucolic setting of the Santa Ynez Valley area,” states Ty Warner. “It is our goal to help the course fulfill its anticipated potential, create a better experience for golfers, while better protecting the natural environment and adhering to the needs and concerns of local residents.”
Ty Warner adds that also owning the Sandpiper Golf Course and the Montecito Country Club provides tremendous opportunity to make golf in Santa Barbara County dynamic and enjoyable. “As we look to the individual needs of each course we are also considering a more holistic vision that ensures our courses compliment each other and provide a wide range of recreational experiences for local and visiting golfers,” says Ty Warner.
Prior to selling the course, the previous owner filed an application with the County to expand the existing clubhouse, create a teaching facility, add locker rooms, and to obtain a permit to sell beer and wine. On June 14, 2005, the County released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for public comment. Ty Warner and his team are very interested on reviewing the comments received by both the public and the County Planning & Development department on the proposed improvements to the course.
“We are in a ‘getting to know you’ phase on several levels with this course,” stated Greg Rice, representative for Ty Warner Hotels and Resorts. “We are familiarizing our self with the proposed plan that was created by the previous owners, and we look forward to getting acquainted with what the County and the local community think about the plan and any ways they see to improve Rancho San Marcos.” Greg Rice adds that they are also exploring opportunities in creating a golf academy with facilities at both Sandpiper Golf Course and Rancho San Marcos.
Improved landscape and maintenance alone could lead to the much-needed increase in business. Ty Warner has already brought on the original golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones II to assess the course in its current condition. Trent Jones’ design firm considers Rancho San Marcos one of the best courses they’ve ever done, and their initial assessments concluded that mostly minor maintenance adjustments will foster immediate fixes to the course. Additionally, in the span of just a few years, there have been major advancements by way of more ecologically friendly ways to maintain the course. Ty Warner plans to implement these measures as well as a comprehensive Water Management plan that will reduce water waste as soon as possible.
Responding to the overall approach anticipated for Rancho San Marcos, Greg Rice states, “I think Ty Warner’s efforts with his other properties clearly shows that he is not interested in a quick turn on profit. He is not looking for more volume or bigger structures, but a better overall experience for those who use the property and those who surround it.”
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