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JDM Partners, Led by Jerry Colangleo, Acquire the
Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa Located in Phoenix

Phoenix, Ariz. (January 7, 2010) – The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa  has claimed its long-awaited stability under the new ownership of JDM Partners, one of the largest land owners of entitled land in greater Phoenix with over 100 years experience in real estate, sports and entertainment development and operations.

The legendary resort located in the West Valley of Phoenix joins a high-profile collection of JDM projects that have included the U.S. Airways Center and Chase Field, home to the Valley’s NBA and MLB sport teams, and Dodge Theater. Phoenix based JDM is led by Mel Shultz, David Eaton and Jerry Colangelo, the Chairman of the NBA Phoenix Suns. With a vested interest and commitment to the West Valley of Phoenix, Colangelo is also involved with the proposed development of the USA Basketball facility in the West Valley. 

Under its new ownership, the Wigwam joins JDM in re-energizing and strengthening sports relationships among just a few to mention in the West Valley of Phoenix. The Wigwam has been a longtime favorite destination for Major League Baseball spring training fans that flock to the greater Phoenix area each year.  Offering an authentic Arizona resort experience and close proximity to top spring training facilities, the Wigwam is located just minutes from the new Camelback Ranch and four other top ball parks. 

“Colangelo’s projects under JDM have seen such outstanding success and we look forward to welcoming that same prosperity and long-term stability at the Wigwam,” said Greg Miller, Vice President and Managing Director of the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa. “In addition to his JDM projects, Colangelo has been recognized for returning USA basketball to Olympic glory and claiming the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic games.  Needless to say, we are eager to see what lies ahead for the resort under his leadership, strength and vision.” 

A treasured Southwest landmark for more than 80 years, the Wigwam first opened to the public over eight decades ago in 1929. Situated in the West Valley of Phoenix, the Wigwam features 331 rooms including 72 suites set on over 400 acres of lush green grass, vibrant floral landscaping, over 8,000 rose bushes and fragrant citrus groves. Offering a truly unique experience that captivates every sense and takes you back to another time,  the Wigwam is home to the Southwest’s only 54 holes of championship golf, a signature Red Door Spa, a nine-court championship tennis facility and the coveted AAA Four Diamond-rated Red’s Steakhouse. 

Celebrated as Arizona’s most authentic desert retreat destination, the Wigwam blends the essence of the Old West with the latest in traditional amenities steeped with rich history, golf traditions and legacies. The Wigwam’s three golf courses are recognized internationally as top golf experiences in the Southwest, with the resort’s first 18 holes created by then golf pro V.O. “Red” Allen. In 1964, Allen worked closely with Robert Trent Jones, Sr. to build the resort’s second course. Today, a third generation of the Allen family continues to head golf at the Wigwam and its legacy. Acclaimed by top professionals as being built for the way golf was meant to be played, the Wigwam’s golf courses feature expansive, lush green fairways, cascading canals, streams and spectacular views.  Paying tribute to the Red Allen legacy at the Wigwam, in 2007 Red’s Steakhouse debuted at the resort and has since earned the coveted AAA Four Diamond rating, one of only two such steakhouses in the state. 

For more information on the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, visit or call (623) 935-3811.

About the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa
The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa recently celebrated its 80th anniversary as one of the Phoenix area’s first full-services resorts. The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa is an intimate retreat that blends casual elegance with the charm of authentic Arizona. A one-of-a-kind resort destination with a spirit all its own, the Wigwam features 331 guest casitas including 72 suites crafted from traditional territorial adobe architecture surrounded by lush landscaped walkways, fragrant citrus tree-lined enclaves and floral and rose gardens. Offering an unforgettable experience to reconnect and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, the Wigwam is home to the only 54 holes of golf in the Southwest, a signature Red Door Spa, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Red’s Steakhouse and the legendary Arizona Kitchen. The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa is located in Litchfield Park, Ariz. in the West Valley of greater Phoenix. For more information, visit or call (623) 935-3811.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest independent hospitality management companies in the country with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers.  DH&R has over 30 years in the Valley of the Sun operating two successful hospitality establishments which include Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in downtown Tempe, and most recently Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa. Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit


Jenna Ertl
Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa
(623) 856-1097,

Also See: Destination Hotels & Resorts to Manage Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, Phoenix, AZ: Receiver Douglas Wilson Companies Will Continue to Oversee Resort / May 2009

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