Walters Golf sells Desert Pines Golf Club

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

LAS VEGAS -- Desert Pines Golf Club, one of Las Vegas' historic golf courses, has a new owner, Arcis Equity Partners, based out of Dallas.

18 Holes | Public | Par: 71 | 6222 yards
Desert Pines golf course
Desert Pines Golf Club, one of Las Vegas' most popular courses, has a new owner, Arcis Equity Partners.
Desert Pines golf courseDesert Pines Golf Club - 18th hole

Desert Pines, formerly owned by Walters Golf, is known for its Carolina-based theme design. The course is a tight layout with thousands of mature trees lining rolling fairways.

Eagle Golf Management will oversee operations of the course. With about 30 courses on its resume -- including layouts in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska and Missouri -- the company brings a wealth of golf knowledge to the Las Vegas scene.

As of Aug. 1, 2014, add Desert Pines to that list.

"Our sustained success if the direct result of a deep understanding of the golf industry and a constant eye on the future of the game," said Joe Munsch, CEO of Eagle Golf Management CEO, which has managed courses since 1984. "Our track record speaks for itself. The facilities we manage are consistently recognized as the best in their market for course conditions, available amenities and customer service."

And they are going to put their money where their mouth is. Arcis plans to implement a multi-million-dollar capital improvement initiative over the next 18 months.

Opened in 1997 and located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, Desert Pines was one of three courses in the Walters Golf family, along with Bali Hai Golf Club and Royal Links Golf Club. Both are also themed golf courses with Bali Hai, treating players to a South Pacific flair, and Royal Links, a course that replicates holes of courses in the British Open rotation.

Desert Pines, which was opened and operated by Walters Golf since Day 1, has been a Golf Digest Top 50 Resort Course and with good reason. The par-71 layout plays to 6,810 yards from the tips. Excellent bunkering, with more than 60 on the course, deep-blue water features, with four ponds and streams bringing water into play on nine of the holes, add beauty to the challenge.

Mike Luce, president of Walters Golf, said Desert Pines will be in good hands heading into the future.

"Though we no longer own the course, we're proud of the legacy we're leaving behind. We couldn't be happier with the new owners, and we're confident the new management, Eagle Golf, will continue to elevate the quality of golf in Las Vegas," he said.

Bill BowmanBill Bowman, Contributor

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 16-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas and has teed it up for magazine profiles with celebrities including comedian Bill Engvall, actor Jeffrey Donovan (USA's Burn Notice), ESPN personality Colin Cowherd, NASCAR's Kurt Busch, Collective Soul's Ed Roland, the Baltimore Ravens' Jonathan Ogden and many others.

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