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Omni Hotels acquires five KSL resorts including Barton Creek, La Costa


Peter Jacobsen reacts to his shot on the 13th fairway during the PGA TOUR’s Wendy’s Championship Skins Game, February 6, 2006 at the Wailea Golf Club in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.Photo by Marco Garcia/

Five of golf’s top luxury resorts are changing hands, reports the Associated Press. KSL has sold five of their properties to Texas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts. The properties are Barton Creek Resort in Austin, La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, The Homestead in Virginia, Grove Park Inn in Asheville (home to a 100-year-old Donald Ross-designed golf course) and Las Palmas Resort & Spa in the Palm Springs area.

Omni already has a modest footprint in golf. They own 36-hole Omni Tucson National, former host of a PGA Tour event. Others include Omni Championsgate in Orlando, Omni Amelia Island Plantation (which recently underwent an $85 million facelift) and Omni Interlocken Resort & Golf Club, located between Denver and Boulder.

The San Diego area’s La Costa, a former host of the WGC Match Play Championships is in the middle of a major renovation project. The North Course was recently redone and the South is currently under the knife. Barton Creek, which doubles as a resort and 72-hole private club in Austin, is the largest operation of the bunch. Click here for my review of the resort last year.