OB Sports Appointed To Manage The Raven Golf Club At South Mountain

Scottsdale-based management company to oversee operations, as well as direct new course and clubhouse enhancement projects

obsports.jpegScottsdale-based OB Sports Golf Management has been appointed to manage the Raven Golf Club at South Mountain. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the Raven at South Mountain features an award winning layout designed by Gary Panks and two-time major champion, David Graham. OB Sports will manage all aspects of the facility including golf operations, agronomy, food and beverage, instruction and marketing.

In addition to managing the ongoing operation at the Raven at South Mountain, OB Sports will be overseeing a wide range of owner-funded improvement projects that are designed to enhance the golf, dining and special event experiences at this popular Phoenix golf course. These projects will include a comprehensive renovation of the bunkers, landscape improvements and specialized tree management designed to improve the health of the many pine trees that frame the unique golf experience at the Raven at South Mountain.

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Other agronomic practices are being implemented with a focus on improving the present turf conditions and playability, and establishing a long-term plan that will ensure that The Raven is consistently one of Phoenix’s very best golf experiences. In addition, during the fall overseed closure period, the club will complete improvements to the clubhouse that include interior and exterior painting, new interi or design elements, kitchen upgrades, restaurant rebranding and additional landscaping.

“We are delighted to have OB Sports managing the Raven at South Mountain,” stated Gary Rosmarin, Vice President, Asset Management of CNL Lifestyle Advisor Corp. “Not only does OB Sports bring tremendous expertise to the table, but with its headquarters being nearby, the facility has access to a wealth of knowledge and support from the entire OB Sports corporate team.”

The Raven at South Mountain adds to OB Sports’ growing presence of managed properties in Arizona. OB Sports manages ten premier facilities in Arizona and has affiliate marketing agreements with four others – bringing the total OB Sports-affiliated course count in the Grand Canyon State to fourteen golf facilities. Other OB Sports managed facilities in Arizona include The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Talking Rock, Sedona Golf Resort, Palm Valley Golf Club, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, ASU Karsten Golf Course and Longbow Golf Club, to name a few.

“It goes without saying that we are extremely honored to add the Raven at South Mountain to our collection of clubs in Arizona,” stated Mike Conner, Senior Vice President of OB Sports Golf Management. “We are all excited to lead the charge with re-establishing the Raven at South Mountain as one of the preeminent resort golf and event venues in the Phoenix/Scottsdale market. We have already started rolling up our sleeves and have gotten to work on a number of projects that are already getting great reviews from golfers whom frequent the Raven. They are taking notice of the improvements we have done and some of the ‘new look’ and ‘new vibe’ we are creating at the course,” added Conner.

All of the enhancements are being done with little if any disturbance to the current operations. “Play levels continue to build as more golfers are getting wind of the improvements and upgrades we have already completed and those yet to come,” stated Conner. All of the work on the golf course will be completed by OB Sports over the next few months.

For tee times and more information on the Raven at South Mountain, call (602) 243-3636 or visit www.theravensouthmountain.com.

About The Raven at South Mountain
Just minutes from Sky Harbor Airport and downtown Phoenix, the Raven at South Mountain designed by David Graham and Gary Panks, provides a unique golf experiences in the desert. With 6,000 Georgia pine trees that line the meandering fairways, intriguing green complexes and shimmering water features, the Raven playing experience cannot be duplicated in Arizona. Through the years the facility has earned numerous well-recognized awards including being honored as one of the “Top 50 Public Courses in the Country” by Golf World’s 2009 Reader Choice Awards and being honored with 4.5 Star (out of five) rating from Golf Digest. The Raven at South Mountain is also a premier special event venue and is a popular destination for weddings, banquets and other special gatherings. The club’s banquet facilities include a full service rest aurant and grill as well as an expansive special event pavilion that is the perfect venue for a wedding reception or post tournament awards banquet. For more information on The Raven at South Mountain, call (602)243-3636 or visit www.theravensouthmountain.com 

The Raven at South Mountain is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry. OB Sports currently manages 42 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management, visit www.obsports.com, call (480) 948-1300, become a Fan of OB Sports on Facebook at www.facebook.com/obsports, follow OB Sports on Twitter: www.twitter.com/OBSportsGolf, or visit the OB Sports You Tube channel at www.youtube.com/obsportsgolf.


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