FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 6, 2000JAY COLLIATIE, PROJECT DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT LOST CANYONS GOLF CLUB, HAS GRAND PLANS FOR NEW COURSES Public Will Experience Plush Country Club Ambience and ServiceWhen High-End Daily Fee Courses Open Later This Year Contact: Toby Zwikel/Fred Robledo Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc., (818) 344-6195, Ext. 104/107 SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Jay Colliatie, project director and director of golf at Lost Canyons Golf Club, has enough experience at some of the finest private and public courses in the world to know about the service and treatment golfers expect from plush country clubs. Colliatie spent nine years at PGA West, where he supervised all of the golf and related amenities for club members of private and resort courses. He also served in a similar capacity for seven years at Pelican Hills in Newport Beach. After 16 years of directing activities at desert and ocean courses, Colliatie is looking forward to a new experience at what is shaping up to be two of the finest mountain courses in the United States-the Pete Dye-designed (PGA Tour pro Fred Couples is course consultant) Sky and Shadow courses at Lost Canyons Golf Club. Landmark National has provided the land, located on a portion of the historic Big Sky Ranch in the hills of the Santa Susana mountains in Simi Valley, Calif., and the two 18-hole high-end public golf courses are scheduled to open in October and December of this year. “This is going to be a special place,” Colliatie said. “Our goal is to provide people with the same service and treatment one would get as a member of a quality golf club. That means the golf course will be maintained at a high level and the service, from the time they enter the property until the time they leave, will be first class.” Both courses will measure about 7,000 yards from the back tees and the daily fees will be from $115 to $135 with special rates for juniors and seniors. Included in the fee will be a forecaddie, who greets the foursome on arrival and provides them with information that includes strategy from any of the five tees, direction and club selection. Tee times will be set at 10-minute intervals and Colliatie says he expects to limit play to around 40,000 rounds per year on each course. “We realize that by limiting the number of players, there could be waiting lists to play the courses, but we believe it is vitally important to keep the playability and the condition of the course at a high level,” Colliatie said. Even the quality of grass and range balls at the practice facility will be special at Lost Canyons Golf Club. “We want our guests to have a premium experience at the practice facility, too,” Colliatie said. “He or she will be hitting quality golf balls from a natural grass surface, and we will have several target greens on the driving range.” Colliatie says Lost Canyons Golf Club also will feature an in-house golf school headed by a yet-to-be-named prominent golf instructor. At the end of the day, players can spend time in the 11,000-square foot ranch-style clubhouse which will have an intimate bar, executive conference rooms and a fully-stocked golf shop as well as men’s and ladies’ locker rooms. “This is going to be one of the finest high-end public courses in the country,” Colliatie said. “We know there are many who for whatever reason choose not to join a private club, but who want the experience of golf on an immaculately-maintained and challenging golf course, and access to a fine dining experience. They clearly want to be treated special. That is the type of treatment they can expect when they come to Lost Canyons. We are certain they will return many times.” Also included in the master plan for Lost Canyons is an elegant lodge and estate home sites. Landmark National, a consortium of interests specializing in real estate investment, development and management, is developing Lost Canyons. Landmark National has developed more than 25 golf courses, including the famed PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, Calif., and Kiawah Island, S.C. Lost Canyons represents Landmark National’s debut in Los Angeles. Landmark National currently has golf course properties under development in Houston and Padre Island, Texas, Maryland, Mississippi and Ireland. Hillwood (www.hillwood.com), another member of the consortium, is one step ahead of a changing world, using technology and innovation to create better places to live, work, learn and play. Among Hillwood’s other projects are the dynamic 75-acre Victory project that includes American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas, Circle T Ranch in Westlake, Texas; Heritage in north Fort Worth; prestigious golf courses in Houston, Los Angeles and Westlake, Texas; and residential communities in Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii.
News Article | 6/6/2000