The Dayton Valley Golf Course, less than an hour south of Reno, Nevada, has been sold to Tour Specs Golf Management by Duncan Golf Management, in a deal that was finalized this week.
Tour Specs Golf Management principal owner Jim Kepler will also serve as course general manager. Kepler is a PGA professional.
“The timing and environment seemed right to purchase the course,” Kepler said in a news release. “Lyon County is growing rapidly and we look forward to providing both golfers and non-golfers an opportunity to enjoy our facility.”
The purchase price was not disclosed.
Dayton Valley opened in 1991 and is an Arnold Palmer-designed course. It hosts the longest-standing PGA Tour Qualifying tournament in the country.
The course is known for its water features, lush fairways and fast greens.
Kepler said improvements are planned for both the golf course and clubhouse.
“We will be making substantial infrastructure upgrades, including a new irrigation system, tree replacements and bunker improvements to return the course to its original premier condition,” he said in a news release.
Additional plans include creating a state-of-the-art training facility, launching a First Tee program, and adding pickleball courts.
Kepler said he hopes to have many of the improvements complete by the course’s 30th anniversary in May.
“We believe the course is already a strong community asset and we are looking forward to building upon that. We are excited to launch an aggressive new membership program this spring, that when combined with the course and clubhouse improvements, will be extremely attractive to golfers in Northern Nevada,” he said.
Kepler has more than 40 years of experience as a golf professional. He previously served as director of the Northern California PGA for 20 years, was general manager of Dayton Valley Golf Course from 1998-2006, and was general manager and director of golf at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Carson City from 2007-17.
He was also Northern California PGA Pro of the Year in 2009.
The Dayton Valley Golf Course is located at 101 Palmer Drive, in Dayton.
Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RGJPreps.
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