News for the Hospitality Executive
Lansdowne Resort Selects Troon Golf to Manage Golf Club
Ryan Wilson Appointed Director
of Golf Club Operations
for The Golf Club at Lansdowne
September 2010 - Leesburg, Virginia – Lansdowne Resort is pleased to announce it has selected Troon Golf®, the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing, to manage The Golf Club at Lansdowne. The golf club is located at Lansdowne Resort, 30 minutes from Washington, DC and in the heart of Leesburg, Virginia. Troon Golf manages over 200 golf courses in 31 states and 26 countries. The Resort is owned by LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO) and will continue to be managed by Benchmark Hospitality International.
The Golf Club at Lansdowne, known as one of the most prestigious private clubs in the Mid-Atlantic region, provides members and Resort guests with an ideal environment for golf and leisure. The Club offers 45 holes of world-class golf, a 43,000 square-foot clubhouse featuring The Crooked Billet restaurant and Pub 46, a five-pool aquatic complex, indoor pool and fitness club, plus a full-service spa, Spa Minérale.
“Lansdowne Resort is excited to partner with Troon Golf on the management of our golf club,” said David Kohlasch, general manger of Lansdowne Resort. “Troon’s operating philosophy, commitment to excellence and industry knowledge is in alignment with Lansdowne Resort. We expect our partnership will provide members and guests with not only a great golf experience, but additional benefits that no other local club can offer. Lansdowne will be Troon’s East Coast flagship golf club,” concluded Kohlasch.
In addition, Lansdowne Resort is proud to announce Ryan Wilson, Director of Golf Club Operations for The Golf Club at Lansdowne. Ryan is responsible for the leadership for the entire golf operation and brings valued experience from a highly esteemed career in the golf industry that includes leadership positions at several reputable golf facilities and eight years of experience as a general manager with Troon Golf. Most recently, Ryan served as general manager of The Bridges Golf & Country Club in Montrose, CO, a semi-private club and past recipient of Golf Magazine’s “Top 10 New Courses” award. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to contribute to the long-standing reputation of The Golf Club at Lansdowne,” said Wilson. “Already considered one of the region’s top private golf courses, the challenge of improving upon a club that has already reached levels of high acclaim is something I am excited to accomplish.”
At The Golf Club at Lansdowne, world-renowned designers Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Greg Norman created three distinctly different courses for golfers of all playing abilities. The Jones Course delivers a memorable round with every outing, showcasing a master designer’s touch within the Virginia countryside. The course creatively incorporates fields, woodlands, natural stone outcroppings and century-old rock walls into its unique personality. The Norman Course, named after the legendary Greg Norman, utilizes the natural undulations of the Potomac River Valley, in which the Club is situated, and Norman’s “Least Disturbance approach” which incorporates the natural environment into a stunning championship layout. The course measures 7,300 yards and challenges the most skilled players. For more leisurely play, Lansdowne offers the Norman-designed, nine-hole Shark Bite Course, which, despite its name, presents a playable design ideal for quick practice rounds, junior golfers, beginners, or families looking for an enjoyable time together.
Superb golf courses are just part of the exceptional experience at The Golf Club at Lansdowne. Members enjoy an equally impressive 16-acre grass driving range, three large putting greens and an 80-yard short-game area. A full PGA staff and a host of other golf amenities, including bag storage, club cleaning, handicap service and a full tournament schedule, add to a truly unique golf club experience. All golf members have access to the resort’s fitness center and 5-pool aquatic complex in addition to discounted rates at the resort, including the restaurants, events and Spa Minérale. For information regarding membership at The Golf Club at Lansdowne, call 703 729-2118 or visit www.golfatlansdowne.com.
About Lansdowne Resort
Lansdowne Resort, a AAA Four Diamond Award recipient, is the capital region’s premier, full-service resort. Managed by Benchmark Hospitality International, the resort is set on more than 500 acres of secluded countryside. Lansdowne Resort features 296 guest rooms and 14 suites, a multi-pool aquatic complex, 45-holes of golf, a 45,000-square-foot conference center, six dining facilities and Spa Minérale, a full-service spa. See www.lansdowneresort.com for details. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Troon Golf
Headquartered in Scottsdale, AR, Troon Golf is the world’s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at properties located in 31 states and 26 countries. Additionally, 39 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy; Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif; Brookwater Golf Club, Queensland, Australia; Mazagan Beach Golf Resort, El Jadida, Morocco; La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Spain; and The Grove, London, England. See www.troongolf.com
About Benchmark Hospitality International Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™. The independent company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. The company’s northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhosspitality.com.
Denise Benoit, Director of Marketing
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