Troon has been selected to manage Red Hawk Golf and Resort, a semi-private facility located in Sparks, Nevada just outside of Reno. Troon Golf, the resort and daily-fee operations division of Troon, will oversee Red Hawk’s golf operations, agronomy, lodging, sales and marketing, as well as the property’s food and beverage operations.
Red Hawk Golf and Resort features two 18-hole golf courses — The Lakes Course, which opened in 1997, and The Hills Course, which opened for play in 2005. The Lakes Course is a 7,410-yard Robert Trent Jones Jr. design that winds through natural lakes and mature cottonwood trees. Meanwhile, the par-71, 7,106-yard Hills Course is a Hale Irwin design known for its small greens, dramatic elevation changes and big sky views.
Through Red Hawk’s semi-private designation, the club is open to full golf members, daily-fee play, annual pass holders, group events and resort guests. The Villas at Red Hawk, a collection of nine suites of varying sizes, provides a luxurious lodging alternative to Reno’s casinos, while allowing guests effortless access to the property’s golf, event, banquet, food and beverage, and fitness facilities.
“Red Hawk Golf and Resort selected Troon Golf to manage our golf resort and to take Red Hawk to the ‘next level’ of pure golf and exclusive private club membership, opening up the world of Troon for our members,” Red Hawk Golf and Resort owner Albert D. Seeno Jr. said. “Soon there will be no question that Red Hawk Golf and Resort is truly the best semi-private golf club in Northern Nevada.”
“Red Hawk is a fantastic property that we welcome the opportunity to manage and improve upon,” Troon Golf president Mitch Harrell said. “We will be deploying many of our resources to further elevate the Red Hawk Golf and Resort brand and the overall experience.”
The Refuge Golf Course, a daily-fee/resort course located in Flowood, Mississippi, has picked Honours Golf, to manage the club. The Refuge is currently in the final phase of a three-year renovation and development project and is expected to reopen for play this fall. Honours Golf is a division of Troon.
The Refuge originally opened for play in 1998 and quickly gained acclaim as one of the top public golf courses in the state. The golf course was closed for a complete renovation in 2018 and has remained closed since that time. Work on the new Sheraton at The Refuge resort and conference center and a new golf operations building is expected to be completed this fall.
Roy Case designed the original 6,400-yard layout in 1998, while golf course architect Nathan Crace, ASGCA oversaw the recent 18-hole course renovation, which included three new holes to create returning nines, new greens and bunkers, the installation of the Longleaf Tee System to allow the course to play anywhere between 4,000 and 7,000-plus yards, a new irrigation system, tree removal to widen playing corridors, new cart paths, and re-grassing. In 2019, The Refuge was awarded an “Environmental Excellence Award” for the renovation work and is nominated in Golf Digest’s “Best New” category for 2021. The golf course is routed through stands of towering pines and centuries-old oaks, while preserving the natural habitat and wildlife found throughout the property.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the No. 1 golf course management company and utilize their expertise in agronomy, course management and marketing,” Flowood mayor Gary Rhoads said. “The newly renovated golf course and beautiful resort will be outstanding amenities for residents and visitors to our city.”
“The Refuge is an exciting operation for our Honours Golf team,” Honours Golf president Matt Hurley said. “Our agronomy experts are already in place prepping the golf course for its opening, while associates charged with golf operations, merchandising and marketing are all eager to get started.”