On August 23, 2022, the Asheville City Council voted unanimously to approve Commonwealth Golf Partners II – Asheville LLC (CGP) as the new operator of the historic municipal golf course designed by Donald Ross in 1927 in Asheville. CGP will assume operations of the course from October 1, 2022 replacing the current operator, Pope Golf LLC, whose contract expires on September 30, 2022.

CGP is a partnership between Peter Dejak and Michael Bennett. Peter has over 20 years of experience building, renovating and managing golf courses in the Mid-Atlantic. Peter is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and is based in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Michael is a Master PGA Professional and President of the National Golf Course Owners Association Middle Atlantic. Prior to forming CGP, Michael was Vice President of a large golf management company with 25 properties on the East Coast. His experience working in tourism-oriented golf markets like Myrtle Beach and Williamsburg, Va., will benefit Asheville, as approximately 55% of Muni’s players come from outside the market.

The course will soon see significant capital investments, executed on behalf of the City of Asheville by CGP. The City has committed over $1 million and is currently seeking grants from several sources. Improvements to storm water, greens, bunkers and fairways are expected to begin in the coming months.

Discover the new operator

The public will have the opportunity to meet the new operator at a community meeting scheduled for September 1. Discussion topics will include rates, transitioning employees between companies, capital improvement intentions and general topics of interest to golfers. PMC representatives will be present and available to answer questions. City officials will also be on hand to answer questions.

September 1, 2022

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Community Center

285 Livingston Street

Background

The Asheville Municipal Golf Course is owned by the City of Asheville and is affectionately known to its patrons as “Muni”. It is one of the oldest golf courses in western North Carolina, having opened in 1927. A Donald Ross layout, it measures 6,379 yards from the championship tees and plays a par 72 The course is well played, with an average of 41,600 tee times. per calendar year, of which 20% are initiated by holders of an annual subscription. The front nine is flat and wide open, while the back nine is tree lined, with narrow, very hilly fairways and demands precision with every shot. The front nine and back nine are completely different, providing golfers with a wide variety of shot opportunities over their 18 holes of play. The course was the first integrated golf course in the Southeast.

In 2020, a local filmmaker documented a brief history of the course, including the story of its prestigious annual Skyview tournament. The documentary aired on PBS and the Golf Channel and can be viewed here.

For more information on the Asheville Municipal Golf Course, visit https://www.ashevillegc.com/

Community and regional entertainment facilities

The Department of Community and Regional Entertainment Facilities manages a unique collection of sports and entertainment facilities and operations. Over 1.5 million people participate in programs or attend events at facilities including Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville, ExploreAsheville.com Arena, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, WNC Nature Center, McCormick Field, Aston Park Tennis Center, John B Lewis Soccer Complex and events licensed by the City’s Office of Outdoor Special Events.

Commonwealth Golf Partners

Commonwealth Golf Partners is a full-service operator based in Williamsburg, Virginia, and currently has properties in West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia.