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International firm will manage Club at Cordillera

EDWARDS, Colorado - An international golf management company will run the Club at Cordillera, the club's CEO announced Thursday afternoon.

Troon Golf manages golf properties in 29 states and 29 countries in North and South America, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Add the Club at Cordillera to that list, said CEO Dan Fitchett in making the announcement.

Troon's hiring follows David Wilhelm and Wind Rose Properties, which he partially owns, winning the bankruptcy auction with a $14.2 million bid.

The Club at Cordillera fits right in with the rest of Troon, said Dana Garmany, Troon's chairman and chief executive officer.

"We are honored to have been selected to manage and market what is arguably one of the premier mountain golf club communities in America, and we fully expect that The Club at Cordillera will become one of the flagship properties in our private club collection," Garmany said.

Former Cordillera Club members resigned by the dozen and sued Wilhelm after he refused to open three of Cordillera's four golf courses after he promised in writing that he would.

Fitchett said Cordillera property owners and past members who rejoin will gain access at more than 30 private clubs through the Troon Prive Privilege program, as well as the Troon Advantage program, which provides preferred rates at more than 85 of Troon Golf's properties around the world.

The class action settlement requires former members to pay $3,500. Cordillera cannot raise the $12,500 annual dues for two years.

Jim McLaughlin, senior vice president of Troon Prive Operations, is leading the Club at Cordillera relaunch efforts.

"In our work, we draw from our collective, intellectual and physical resources to provide creative solutions to each club we manage," McLaughlin said.

Fitchett said it's time for Cordillera to move forward.

"This is my commitment to our members, and we've put the right people and structure in place to make that happen," Fitchett said.

Troon is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. It's one of the world's largest golf management companies and also specializes in property association management, private residence clubs, estate management and hospitality venues.

Forty-eight Troon facilities are ranked in the Top 100 by national or international publications.


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