Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon®, the leader in providing golf and club-related leisure and hospitality services, is pleased to announce it has been selected by the State of Delaware to manage Deerfield Golf Club in Newark and Garrisons Lake Golf Club in Smyrna, Delaware. Indigo Sports, a Troon company, officially assumed the 15-year contract agreements and full management of the two clubs on January 1, 2024.
In August 2023, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) announced the selection of Troon to manage the two state-owned properties. The agreement with DNREC and the State of Delaware expires at the end of 2038 and may be extended for an additional 10 years. The contract includes management of operations for the golf courses, pro shops, conference facilities, banquet rooms, restaurants and bars. Both clubs will be part of the industry-leading Troon Rewards and Troon Card programs.
“We are thrilled about this new partnership with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and we’re very much looking forward to the future of Deerfield Golf Club and Garrisons Lake Golf Club,” said Troon Vice President of Operations Justin Smith. “The transition for members, guests, and associates has been seamless and we look forward to providing exceptional experiences for all guests and members for years to come.”
Deerfield Golf Club features an 18-hole William Gordon-designed golf course that opened for play in 1955. The 6,323-yard, par 70 course borders White Clay Creek State Park and has dramatic elevation changes. The facility features a driving range, a large practice green, a teaching academy and two heated pickleball courts. Deerfield’s stately clubhouse includes a Pub & Grille with indoor/outdoor dining options and a golf shop, while the event center is a popular choice for weddings and parties with capacity for up to 600 guests. Delaware native and golf industry veteran, Mary Leneweaver was recently named Deerfield Golf Club’s new general manager, bringing a wealth of knowledge in golf operations as well as food and beverage and event management. Leneweaver has seven-plus years of experience working at Troon-managed facilities across the state, including roles at Delcastle, Rock Manor and Ed Oliver golf courses.
Garrisons Lake Golf Club includes an 18-hole, 7,000-yard par-72 course with tree-lined fairways set on 160-acres. The course originally opened as a 9-hole private club in 1962, before a second nine was added in 1963. Improvements are currently underway at Garrisons Lake on a new cart barn and a 4,300-square-foot clubhouse. The clubhouse will feature a pro shop, restrooms, pub and grill, and indoor/outdoor dining. Steve Farrell remains as Garrisons Lake’s general manager, a position he has held since 2020, and will continue to provide outstanding customer service to guests.
Collectively Troon, and its operating brands Troon Golf, Troon Privé and Indigo Sports, now manage 11 facilities in Delaware. Troon-affiliated golf clubs in Delaware include:
· Deerfield Golf Club in Newark
· Garrisons Lake Golf Club in Smyrna
· Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville
· Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club in Ocean View
· Delcastle Golf Club in Wilmington
· Ed Oliver Golf Club in Wilmington
· Rock Manor Golf Course in Wilmington
· Heritage Shores Golf Club in Bridgeville
· Fieldstone Golf Club in Greenville
· Plantation Lakes Golf & Country Club in Millsboro
· The Peninsula Golf & Country Club in Millsboro
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company, providing services at 850-plus locations, including operational responsibility for 575-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 35-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf, ICON Management and Eventive Sports. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.