The 86-year-old Sonoma Golf Club has been sold by its owner, Crescent Real Estate Equities, to Escalante Golf, Inc, a Fort Worth, Texas, golf course and real estate company. No sale price was announced and, as of Wednesday, a spokesperson for Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, which has an exclusive use agreement with the club, refused comment on the sale.
But a message to club members from Escalante President David McDonald confirmed the sale Thursday, and announced, “Our goal is to seamlessly carry forth Sonoma Golf Club’s welcoming and friendly atmosphere. We all have a deep appreciation for the history of the game and traditionally-designed courses. Sonoma Golf Club is one of those true classic clubs that has stood the test of time and we are honored to be a part of it going forward.”
The 177-acre private facility is open to new members by invitation only, and offers a 7,100-yard championship course, along with tennis courts, a swimming pool, clubhouse, steam rooms, a spa and workout room.
The club was host to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the season-ending tournament of the PGA Champions Tour, from 2003 to 2009. Professional winners at the club have included Jim Thorpe, Mark McNulty, Tom Watson, Andy Bean and John Cook.
Golf legend Sam Snead is said to have told a sports reporter that “the Sonoma Golf Course” was his favorite.
Escalante Golf has courses in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas. Their ownership includes the Crosby National in Rancho Santa Fe, The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Arizona, Pine Creek Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Spanish Wells Country Club in Florida and the Blackhorse Golf Club in Texas.
McDonald did not announce any changes planned for the facility, but informed members that an Escalante team will be at the club “over the next several weeks” to work out the transition.