ANKENY, Iowa, and INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Golf Partners (GGP), one of the nation's leading golf course management and development companies, has signed a lease agreement with Briarwood Club of Ankeny to assume operating management of the golf course and all aspects of the club. The five-year lease agreement is effective December 1, 2015. Voyager will maintain its ownership of Briarwood Club of Ankeny.
"We are incredibly excited for the Club, our membership and employees and the greater Ankeny community by the extensive expertise, new capabilities and significant resources that Green Golf Partners brings to Briarwood Club of Ankeny," said Brad Cook, CEO of Voyager. "We are confident that this new relationship will ensure that Briarwood Club achieves all of its promise."
Briarwood Club of Ankeny is a 7,000-yard, 18-hole, private championship course designed in 1995 by Gordon Cunningham that features bent grass fairways and four sets of tees. Considered one of the top golf courses in the Midwest, it's known for a layout that is both challenging and enjoyable for golfers of all abilities. It has hosted several prestigious tournaments, including the Iowa Open and the U.S. Amateur Regional Qualifying tournament.
"Our company is honored to be part of Briarwood Club of Ankeny, one of the most promising private golf and social clubs in the greater Des Moines area as well as all of Iowa," said Matt McIntee, CEO of Green Golf Partners. "We look forward to working with Voyager to promote the continued growth and success of the club over the next several years."
McIntee said that GGP already is at work on plans for 2016, beginning with a "Meet and Greet Open House" and a comprehensive membership survey, both scheduled for January. Additionally, a comprehensive turf program that maximizes turf health and minimizes turf disease is scheduled to be implemented next year.
GGP Regional Vice President Zack Vervaecke will lead the team responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the club. Vervaecke, a professional golfer, participated in the 2015 John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. Eric Stairs continues as Briarwood Club's general manager. No significant changes in membership dues or fees are anticipated for 2016. The 2016 pre-payment discount plan will be honored.
Briarwood Club of Ankeny offers its members and guests a variety of cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Matt Bingham and his staff. It also is home to a club youth swimming team that practices at its aquatic center, which was completed in 2009 and boasts a six-lane, 25-yard pool.
About Green Golf Partners
Green Golf Partners is one of the fastest growing golf course management companies in the United States. The senior management team, with over 100 years of experience combined, is considered to be some of the leading golf course management experts in the game of golf in the world. The entire Green Golf Partners team believes that celebrating the game and emphasizing fun are critical to the long-term success at the projects which they develop.
The Green Golf Partners portfolio features courses in six states across the country, including such notable properties as Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill. (recently awarded the 2018 LPGA Championship), Belleview Biltmore Golf Club in Belleair, Fla. and Jester Park Golf Club in Granger, Ia. For more information on Green Golf Partners, go to www.greengolfpartners.com. For additional information about Briarwood Club of Ankeny, call 515-964-4653 or visit www.briarwoodclubofankeny.com.
SOURCE Green Golf Partners