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Escalante Golf Acquires The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain (Marana, Ariz.)

(Fort Worth, Tex.) – Escalante Golf, Inc. today announces the acquisition of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, home of the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship.

The acclaimed club opened in 2009 and has since hosted the only match play event on the PGA TOUR schedule. This unique event is one of the four World Golf Championships and includes the top 64 golfers from around the world.

The club will be renamed “The Golf Club at Dove Mountain,” and will continue its strong relationship with The Ritz-Carlton hotel, The Residences and the PGA TOUR. It is one of the few PGA TOUR venues with private membership and resort access through its hospitality partner, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

“We are honored to be a part of the exceptional Dove Mountain community and to be stewards of this world-class club,” says David McDonald, President of Escalante Golf, Inc. “We will continue to provide our members and guests the same high level of personalized service and attention to detail that is the standard at Dove Mountain.”

The Golf Club at Dove Mountain features 27 holes of championship golf designed by legendary Jack Nicklaus. The layout integrates strategy, variety and the beauty of the Tortolita Mountains to provide a true golfer’s experience. The 45,000 square foot clubhouse features a member’s locker room and grill, a pro shop, outdoor lounges and Cayton’s restaurant.

Nearly two decades of planning and commitment by the property’s owner, Tucson-based Cottonwood Properties, helped create the premier resort and residential golf community in the Southwest. A Tucson company with all of its interests exclusively in the Tucson area, Cottonwood Properties has developed residential communities, resorts, retail centers, office complexes and apartment communities in excess of $800 million.

In addition to its development of Dove Mountain, primary among them is the La Paloma resort community in the central foothills of Tucson; 800 acres of residential and commercial development surrounding the Westin La Paloma resort hotel.

“We acquired this land more than 20 years ago and carefully planned every aspect of the community,” says David Mehl, President of Cottonwood Properties. “The Ritz–Carlton, Dove Mountain is one of the most highly-regarded in the brand’s family of hotels and resorts and our residential program is one of the most successful in the entire region. Now, we are excited to bring in Escalante Golf. As owner and operator, Escalante is committed to the long-term success of Dove Mountain and will be the perfect partner for both the resort component as well as the ongoing residential sales effort.”

About Escalante Golf

Established in 1991, Escalante Golf is a boutique owner and operator of luxury golf properties nationwide, including California, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana and New Mexico. The Golf Club at Dove Mountain will be the third Jack Nicklaus Signature course under its ownership. Operating partners David McDonald, Elcio Silva, Robert Silva and David Matheson direct the Escalante team with offices in Fort Worth, Tex. The company’s portfolio now includes 16 properties, many of which are the most prestigious clubs in their respective markets.

For more information: www.escalantegolf.com, (817) 386-9721.

About Dove Mountain

Masterfully planned with an emphasis on low-density, Dove Mountain inspires a true sense of community with the utmost respect for the natural habitat and its habitants. Elevations soar from 2,700 to 4,300 feet. Long, spectacular views seem to go on forever in every direction. Almost a third of Dove Mountain’s nearly nine square miles is dedicated to open space. Importantly, the integrity of Dove Mountain’s perimeter is forever enhanced, with more than 10 miles of boundary against either formal preserves or Arizona State Trust owned mountains.

The WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship will be held at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain February 18 – 24, 2013, and will feature the top 64 players in the world. Hunter Mahan is the defending champion of this unique event.

The Residences, Dove Mountain features Ritz-Carlton branded residential homes and custom home lots adjoining The Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

For more information: www.dovemountain.com, (520) 572-8000.