Troon has been selected to manage Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, a private club in Altoona, Wisconsin that was established in 1901 and features an 18-hole course designed by Tom Vardon and Charles Ramsdell.
“It took several months of due diligence, but it was clear to me and the rest of the Board that Troon was the best choice to lead the next phase of our Club’s evolution,” Eau Claire Golf & Country Club board president Eric Carlson said. “We’ve got an excellent golf course and look forward to utilizing Troon’s private club and hospitality expertise to provide exceptional leadership and an enhanced member experience both in the clubhouse and our seasonal amenities.”
The Vardon/Ramsdell course opened for play in 1929 — with an original construction cost of $22,360. In 1966, golf course architect Paul Coates re-routed a portion of the front nine, while holes 10, 11, 12 and 18 were also renovated. Today, the course plays to a par of 71, measures 6,728 yards from the championship tees, and enjoys a longstanding reputation of being one of the finest and more challenging golf courses in the upper Midwest. The course is spread over 250 acres of mature, wooded terrain, including sweeping hillsides and towering white pines. Golf course architect Kevin Norby is currently overseeing a bunker and tee renovation aimed at improving aesthetics, playability and maintenance.
“We are honored to be chosen by and to be working with the members and board of Eau Claire Golf & Country Club,” Troon Operations SVP Phillip Martin said. “The club, golf course and amenities are outstanding. Our Troon Privé team will now establish consistency in service and training, while enhancing member programming and refining the member experience.”
Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, will manage golf and club operations, food and beverage, golf course agronomy, and membership marketing and programming. With the addition of Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, Troon, and its affiliated brands, manage eight courses throughout the state of Wisconsin, including three private clubs.