Landscapes Management adds 8th facility this year

Landscapes Management Company, a division of Landscapes Unlimited, added Larkin Golf Club, in Statesville, N.C., to its third-party management portfolio. It is the company’s eighth addition in 2018.  

The 18-hole public facility is located in the Charlotte suburbs and opened in 1996 as Fox Den County Club, a Clyde Johnston design. In 2014, the property was purchased as part of a foreclosure action and renamed Larkin Golf Club. 

In 2017, David Cuthbertson, CEO of Monroe, N.C.-based builder True Homes, purchased the development along with Stonebridge Golf Club, a public facility also located in Monroe. Cuthbertson gifted both facilities to Wingate University, which is based in Charlotte. Larkin Golf Club was valued at $20 million and Stonebridge at $8 million. The university hired Landscapes Management to manage both facilities. 

“While these are both excellent facilities, we nevertheless plan to increase programing, leverage economies of scale and engage in several important agronomic initiatives,” said Tom Everett, president of Landscapes Management. “Landscapes is obviously growing quickly in this market, which is good news for our clients there — the more properties we manage in a region, the more robust those economies of scale become.”

Landscapes Management added Fredericksburg Country Club, in Virginia, on a limited management agreement. Landscapes Select allows courses and clubs to choose from management services on an a la carte basis.

“The Board in Fredericksburg was initially interested in assistance on the accounting side,” Everett said. “They were moving away from the on-site comptroller model and Select gives them the opportunity to leverage our centralized accounting services here in Lincoln.”

Other new contracts in 2018 include three municipal facilities owned by the city of Sioux Falls, S.D. — Prairie Green Golf Course, Kuehn Park GC and Elmwood GC. 

An hour north of Sioux Falls, the private Brookings (S.D.) Country Club reached a management agreement with Landscapes in March. 

“That was pure word of mouth — the folks in Brookings were impressed by the presentation made to the City of Sioux Falls and thought perhaps we could be of help at their club as well. They signed on as a Select client in the spring,” Everett said. “Initially, Brookings brought us in to provide food & beverage consulting, but the club soon opted for our corporate-buying service, as well. We’re now talking about expanding the relationship further.”

In April, Dodge Riverside Golf Course, an 18-hole municipal facility in Council Bluffs, Iowa, signed a 5-year, comprehensive management contract with Landscapes.


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