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For the week of July 4 through July 11, 2000

Doral Golf to manage Elkhorn course

Blackacre Capital says

Blackacre Capital Group, owner of Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, plans to have Doral Golf continue improvements started at the Elkhorn resort golf course in 1999.

Doral Golf is the new manager of Elkhorn Golf Club. Doral was recently retained by Blackacre to manage the upscale resort golf course.

Blackacre Capital, headquartered in New York City, is a privately-held fund with investments in golf, hotels and other commercial properties.

Doral Golf is the golf course management division of MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, based in Washington, D.C.

Elkhorn Golf Course, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones and Robert Trent Jones Jr., is a semi-private, 7,100-yard, 18-hole championship course.

Blackacre Capital recently completed construction of a 7,500 square-foot clubhouse, which includes a 50-seat grill, pro shop and locker rooms.

A new driving range opened this spring, and a new practice putting green is scheduled for completion this summer.

"Doral plans to implement an enhanced full maintenance and improvement schedule for the course," said Howard Glatzer, Blackacre managing director.

He added, "The course already is in full operation after experiencing one of the earliest spring openings in years.

"Doral Golf and Elkhorn are committed to the continued improvement of this championship golf facility.

"Coastal Hotel Group will continue to manage the hotel, and we look forward to them working with Doral to provide an excellent, seamless guest experience."

A top-notch management team has been assembled to oversee daily operation of the golf course, Glatzer said.

It includes Brian Heywood, former superintendent at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis in Jackson Hole, Wyo. He joins David Hardison, Elkhorn’s director of golf since 1996.

Shane Galles from The Valley Club in Hailey has joined the Elkhorn staff as the new head professional. He will be aided by new assistant professional Evan Lillevand from San Francisco.

The Elkhorn Golf Club is part of The Elkhorn Resort, a comprehensive resort village located in Sun Valley that includes a resort hotel, shops, restaurants, condominiums, vacation ownership and single-family homes.

In addition to golf, other recreational amenities available at the resort village include skiing, tennis, swimming, a spa and numerous other year-round outdoor activities.

MeriStar Hotels & Resorts operates 236 hospitality and leisure properties with more than 46,000 rooms and 12 golf courses in 34 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Call the golf course at 622-6400 for more information.


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