The United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC) has purchased Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Rocklin, California, for $3.95 million, states a tribal press release.
“This was a great opportunity for us to acquire and preserve one of the finest golf courses in the region,” David Keyser, chairman of UAIC, said in a statement. “The UAIC is committed to working with the stable workforce at Whitney Oaks’ and continue to provide unparalleled service to our valued customers.”
Located just 6.3 miles away from its Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California, the golf course will be an added lure for out-of-town guests to the casino, reported The Sacramento Bee. The gaming destination currently offers a spa, pool, AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel, and entertainment including a summer concert series at its outdoor amphitheater.
“Whitney Oaks rounds out the resort aspect of Thunder Valley,” Doug Elmets, spokesman for the tribe and casino, told the Bee.
The UAIC has plans to immediately upgrade Whitney Oaks’ golf carts and purchase new equipment to improve course maintenance. A private design firm will also hep UAIC implement some minor remodeling to create a fresh feel, while staying true to “the traditional, refined golf atmosphere that customers have come to appreciate and expect,” the release states.
“Anyone who has been to Thunder Valley knows the tribe only does things first class,” Elmets told the Bee.
The newspaper reported Whitney Oaks stands to greatly benefit from the deal, as the previous owner, the Carlsbad-based Bright Star Golf Group, has neglected the course in recent moths. Elmets said the course fees should remain consistent and the tribe plans to hire most of the current staff. The semi-private Whitney Oaks employs 68 full-time team members and as many as 75 during peak season, the release states.