Southern Golf Properties, A Professional Golf Management Company

Southern Golf PropertiesThe combination of extensive golf knowledge, great contacts, innovative course management, and a sincere passion for the traditions of the game have lifted Southern Golf Properties to a leading role as one of the top golf management companies in Texas and the Southwest.

The Kerrville-based organization now operates five courses with tens of thousands of rounds of golf played each year and just as many satisfied customers.

Southern Golf Properties layouts are varied in size, popularity, challenge and clientele, but all share the same outstanding operations, agronomy, sales, marketing, food and beverage services honed by years of experience.

Preferred Players ClubAll offer membership in the exclusive Preferred Players Club with special privileges and access for members.

Their mission of making life easier and more productive for course owners has never been more attractive in today’s challenging golf industry. Working with financial institutions, municipalities and private ownership has contributed to the wide array of successful experiences of Southern Golf Properties group.

Southern Golf Properties courses include the headquarters at Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville, which they own and operate. Other courses operated under a management contract include Alsatian Golf Club in Castroville, Utopia Golf Club in Utopia, The Golf Club of Texas at Briggs Ranch in San Antonio and Casa Blanca in Laredo.

Richard Russell and John Junker discuss agronomy at Alsatian Golf Club.Southern Golf Properties is the byproduct of the golf expertise of longtime South Texas golf management expert John Junker along with Texas golf pro and Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Bryan Gathright and Riverhill General Manager Matt Fawkes.

“We were one of their first clients five years ago. It’s been a great comfort,” said Utopia’s Robert Sullivan. “They came along with the knowledge and the contacts and that’s what I needed. It’s made life so much easier for us.”

Junker said the team effort employed by Southern Golf Properties has allowed the company to prosper, grow and be ready for more golfing opportunities.

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“We know that good people are crucial to our industry and we feel very fortunate to have key team members like Matt Trevino, Kevin Bartholomew, Justin Epp, Jeff Bober and Rudy Gonzalez who all possess the skills necessary to make Southern Golf Properties the best it can be,” he said.

Together Junker, Gathright and Fawkes have more than 70 years of golf experience, working at bringing clubs to their full potential. Junker has taken under-performing clubs to new heights of prosperity in his long tenure. Gathright has used his teaching ability to win PGA of America honors and guide PGA Tour players. Fawkes, who specializes in club relations and food & beverage, has managed at such noted clubs as the Snake River Sporting Club in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Dewayne Anderson CFOThe company has national accounts for all types of golf equipment and material, using the power of bulk purchases that are then distributed to the various SGP clubs. If there is a need at an individual club, SGP can help fulfill and meet their needs.

Gathright, who learned from golf teaching legend Harvey Penick, said he uses the same teaching techniques that earned him Golf Magazine Top 100 status to train other Southern Golf Properties teachers.

Golfers who come to any of the SGP facilities are assumed of the same high standards of customer service and efficiency along with Gathright’s trusted teaching principles.

RIVERHILL’S RESTORED GLORY
The historic and scenic Byron Nelson and Joe Finger par-72 layout and majestic three-story Gus Shreiner Mansion, built in 1901, and clubhouse, have been restored to its former glory.

The final place where Nelson ever played golf and where he lived part-time, has been restored with new tee boxes and improved sight lines along with recently switching the nine holes routing.

But the Nelson influence is still strongly felt with his original locker still memorialized with his clubs, hat and other personal items. His portrait graces the Joe Finger’s Turning Point restaurant and there are Nelson and Finger remembrances near the first tee.

Riverhill Country ClubLongtime Riverhill members have also seen the transformation of their course with the Southern Golf Properties expert touch.

“Southern Golf Properties has shown me their commitment, respect and passion for Riverhill. It is that integrity that provides us with a club we are truly proud to call “home,” said Anne Hearn.

Riverhill is also the home of the Bryan Gathright School of Golf. “We view Riverhill as a fantastic golf facility for great golf, teaching and entertaining,” Gathright said. “We have only begun to expand its true potential.”

“It’s encouraging to constantly find others who appreciate Riverhill Country Club’s different amenities and the Southern Golf touches,” added general manager Fawkes. “That is why we have added so many new members over the last 18 months.”

CASA BLANCA BORDER BEAUTY
Along the Texas/Mexico border, Southern Golf Properties is doing some of its best work with the Casa Blanca Golf Club in Webb County, Laredo.

Casa Blanca Golf ClubThe public facility had fallen on tough times over the past several years, suffering from poor course conditions. After two years of Southern Golf Properties partnership, the commitment to a substantial renovation of the citizens of Webb County’s assets has yielded dramatic results at a modest investment.

“Southern Golf Properties experience and expertise in operating, renovating and upgrading existing facilities has been invaluable in our decision making process,” stated Webb County Judge Danny Valdez.

Among the most positive changes have been the installation of a new irrigation system and the increased grassing of the
fairways, which used to be bare in a number of spots, and more sand in the bunkers.

ALSATIAN: SOUTH TEXAS SURPRISE
Alsatian Golf ClubCastroville’s Alsatian golf course has been around for more than a decade, but its total makeover four years ago has made for a more welcoming and friendly layout. Alsatian is also working on a partnership with Southern Golf Properties’, Golf Club of Texas at Briggs Ranch, to take excess play from each other and a possible future membership plan for golfers at either club.

”I think we are really helped by Southern Golf Properties,” said owner Richard Russell. “They know a lot of people in the industry and have really helped us getting experience for various parts of the club.”

UTOPIA GC: PEACEFUL PASTTIME:
The scenic 9-hole links of Utopia Golf Club has received plenty of notice and play from those reading the best-selling book of the same name and soon to be released movie, but those who actually arrive at the course about an hour from San Antonio are always pleasantly surprised.

Utopia Golf Club“We’ve just taken our time getting it ready and getting it right. We have built a waterfall in the middle of the course; we opened the new clubhouse two years ago. We’re always thinking, ‘why won’t we do this or that,’” General Manager Sullivan said.

The course was first opened in 2001, but was purchased by Lou Waters in 2005, who asked his son-in-law Sullivan to help manage it.

GOLF CLUB OF TEXAS: REVINO TEXAS DESIGN
Dallas native Lee Trevino is one of the most historic figures in the Lone Star State, but one of his few golf architect designs lies in San Antonio at the Golf Club of Texas at Briggs Ranch.

GOLF CLUB OF TEXASJohn Junker said the par-72 publiclinks-style-designed layout is in the midst of continual upgrades that will only make it better for the golfing public.

Junker added, “Bar none, the Golf Club of Texas is the best outing and tournament course in the San Antonio area. The comfortable pace of play is a great attribute for golfers at Golf Club of Texas. We have a large clubhouse and banquets rooms, which is perfect for tournaments or weddings or just singles, friends and family having green grass good times.”

The same is true for all of Southern Golf Properties complexes. Restoring history from the past, comfort and pleasure for the present, and room to grow for an exciting future, Southern Golf Properties is a powerful golfing combination of management experience, passion, service and tradition.

 

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