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July 22, 2022

Indigo Golf Partners, the new management team of Bobby Jones Golf Club, plans to keep the historic course a daily-fee facility, according to Joe Goodrich, a company vice president.

Goodrich said there is possibility that Indigo will establish annual passes for Bobby Jones, but that is not in the immediate plans. The renovated course is projected to open in the spring of 2023.

According to Indigo’s agreement with the City of Sarasota, Indigo’s role in the design and construction of golf courses and vertical structures is defined by teamwork.

Collaboration and insights from in-house experts, regional support team, architects, contractors, and the City will produce a well-planned golf facility and, ultimately, fun and enjoyable experiences for guests and the City of Sarasota community at large.

Indigo’s perspective is steeped in sustainability and long-term viability. Its objective with new and renovated facilities is to bring life to the visions of our clients, and, by extension, golf course and clubhouse architects.

For the first time since even before Bobby Jones the golfer christened it with an exhibition round of 73 in 1927, Bobby Jones, the golf course, will not be managed by the city of Sarasota.

Recently, the Sarasota City Commission unanimously approved a management contract with Indigo Sports. The five-year agreement is worth approximately $123,697 a year.

Reston, Virginia-based Indigo, which was acquired in January 2021 by Troon of Scottsdale, Arizona, will provide on-site management of the facility and use its proprietary IT and marketing platforms for operations. Goodrich said a temporary clubhouse will follow the completion of the course. It will include a pro shop and concession and will be managed by Indigo.

Indigo will leverage Troon’s assets and experience of providing management services to more than 585 locations around the world, including 630-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses.

Indigo in Florida

Indigo Golf Partners manages golf courses and country clubs throughout Florida:

• Jacksonville: Bent Creek Golf Course, Blue Cypress Golf Club, Brentwood Golf Course
• Orange Park: Eagle Landing Golf Club
• St. Augustine: King & Bear*, Slammer & Squire*, St. Johns Golf & Country Club
• Palm Coast: The Club at Hammock Beach
*at World Golf Village Resort
• Tallahassee: Seminole Legacy Golf Club
• Ocala: Golf Club of Ocala
• Leesburg: Arlington Ridge Golf Club
• Orlando: Dubsdread Golf Course, Fairways Country Club
• Winter Haven: Willowbrook Golf Course
• Lakeland: The Club at Eaglebrook
• Sebring: Sun ’N Lake Golf Club
East Coast
• Mims: Indian River Preserve Golf Club
• Coral Gables: Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club
• Tamarac: Colony West Country Club
• Parkland: Parkland Golf & Country Club
• Boca Raton: Boca Grove
• Lake Worth: The Falls Club
• Palm Beach Gardens: Ballenisles Country Club
West Coast
• Tampa: The Claw at USF Golf Course
• Punta Gorda: Burnt Store Marina Country Club
• North Fort Myers: Del Tura Golf Club
• Cape Coral: Cape Royal Golf Club
• Fort Myers: Colonial Country Club
• Estero: West Bay Club, Villages at Country Creek
• Naples: Audubon Country Club, The Dunes of Naples, Tiburon Golf Club, Fiddler’s Creek
• Bonita Springs: Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club, Bonita National Golf & Country Club

Goodrich told the Sarasota City Commissioners the golf course should operate well in the black. “We would not have gotten involved if we didn’t think it would work,” he said by phone from Virginia. “For the operating pro forma on an annualized basis is for the asset, the cash positives are over $900,000 for a full year of operations,” Goodrich said.

“We have more to lose as an organization from a profit standpoint if we don’t do a good job,” Goodrich said. ”If for some reason the city of Sarasota is not happy with us, it’s going to impact our business much more than anything. … Our goal is to do a good job for our clients. We’ve been working for the last two months without being paid, sitting in on agronomic meetings and meetings with the architects to help them with clubhouse design with no incentive whatsoever.”

What is Indigo Golf Partners?
Formerly Billy Casper Golf, Indigo Golf Partners is one of the largest golf course management companies in the U.S. With more than 30 years of experience, it specializes in full-service property management as well as assistance in specific segments of the golf business, including golf and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing, public relations, technology, special events and financial management.

Shuttered for more than two years, the Bobby Jones Golf Course is expected to reopen in spring 2023 as the original 18-hole Donald Ross design. The facility had been expanded to 45 holes over the years, incorporating nine of the original holes in each of the two courses. The new facility will include a nine-hole “adjustable” par-3 course. The remainder of the property — 153 of the 261 acres — will be redeveloped as a public park and wetlands conservation area.

Funded by up to $20 million in city bonds, the entire project, including the golf course, park and wetlands work, is projected to cost $18.8 million. Budgeted for $12.5 million, the golf course redesign is overseen by Richard Mandell Golf Architecture of Pinehurst, North Carolina.