McConnell Golf Continues Expansion in North Carolina

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Raleigh based McConnell Golf has expanded its footprint in North Carolina with the acquisition of The Country Club of Asheville, taking its portfolio to 10 private clubs in the Carolinas. This comes on the heels of its purchase of Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville near Sedgefield Country Club’s Ross and Dye courses.

The Brook Valley buy was the result of a collaboration between McConnell, the neighborhood homeowners association and the family of the late Clayton Taylor, who owned the club. President and CEO, John McConnell says “It’s a community effort to preserve this asset that was in potential danger of being lost.” Taylor, an original investor in Brook Valley, had purchased the club and merged it with Greenville Country Club. After GCC returned the property to Taylor’s family earlier this year, there was a question about whether it would continue operating or be sold for development. By saving Brook Valley from the bulldozer, McConnell will again pour money into the country club to bring its charm back.

Finally, McConnell has a ‘mountain course’ and the oldest private club in North Carolina. The 1894 Donald Ross designed Country Club of Asheville is about 7 minutes from the OMNI Grove Park Inn, which the Club owned at one time. McConnell’s stable of courses includes TPC at Wakefield Plantation, Old North State Club, Treyburn Country Club, also in North Carolina, and Musgrove Mill Golf Club and The Reserve Golf Club in South Carolina. They also manage the prestigious Grand Dunes Members Course and Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach.

McConnell Golf offers the best private club experience and value in the Carolinas. They offer numerous unique membership opportunities tailored to young families, avid golfers, corporate executives and culinary enthusiasts. When you purchase a membership at one club, you have the same privileges covered at the other 10 clubs. Go to www.McConnellGolf.com to learn more.

Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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