THE TROON GOLF EXPERIENCE TO UNVEIL UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN

Posted on July 14, 2004

The Brunello Development Group Appoint Troon Golf and Tom Weiskopf for Prestigious Development Set in Tuscany's Largest Wine Estate.

Scottsdale, Ariz. - Massimo Ferragamo, of The Salvatore Ferragamo Group, and JC Partners International, LLC have selected Troon Golf® - the world leader in luxury golf management, development and marketing - to premiere its heralded TROON GOLF EXPERIENCEsm in Tuscany. Castiglion del Bosco (Castle in the Woods), a respected wine estate that has remained virtually unchanged since the 15th century, has begun its renaissance as a world-class resort and private members-only club featuring a private Tom Weiskopf-designed championship golf course. Set in the timeless hills overlooking the historic village and valleys of Montalcino, Castiglion del Bosco will bring an exclusive and highly desirable lifestyle to the romance and rustic beauty of one of the most sought-after regions in the world.

Located one hour south of Florence, the property stands as one of Tuscany's largest estates, building on the agricultural compound that dates back to the Middle Ages and surrounds the ruins of the original castle fortress. This area produces much of Italy's celebrated Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wines, as well as olive oil and Grappa. The development of the private golf course and member villas will enhance the experience at this renowned vineyard estate. Also included in the planning stages will be a luxurious spa specializing in wine-related therapies and treatments, a state-of-the-art culinary academy, a sommelier school and wine museum, and an equestrian facility.

Within the center of the estate's Borgo (village), the 50-room main villa will undergo an extensive renovation to house the distinctive club and community operations. Additionally, 21 classic Tuscan villas, scattered throughout the grounds, will be renovated to reflect the essence of "La Vita Toscana" (the Tuscan life) and will eventually serve as private residences for club members. The 4,500 acres of forests, lakes and pastures that surround the estate comprise of a protected nature preserve that will be available as an outdoor amenity for members, offering hiking and biking trails, horseback riding and other recreational pursuits.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with JC Partners International and Mr. Ferragamo at such a beautiful and historic property," stated Dana Garmany, Troon Golf Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are privileged to help hone their vision for Castiglion del Bosco in this truly outstanding venture. We could not ask for a more exciting project to introduce Troon Golf to Italy."

Troon Golf is providing construction and management services, which include the pre-development planning and design of the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club and long-term management of this prestigious project. Tom Weiskopf has been selected to design the 18-hole signature golf course, as well as the 9-hole par-three course, golf academy and practice facility.

"The Brunello Development Group has the vision to create a world class resort at Castiglion del Bosco, set amongst some of the most panoramic views and breathtaking landscape in Tuscany. I am very excited and privileged to be selected to design a golf course which, when completed will be one of the most picturesque golf courses in Europe, offering a challenging and unique golf experience. I can't wait to get started," stated Tom Weiskopf.

"The caliber of the private golf experience is key to fulfilling the vision for Castiglion del Bosco," noted principal Corky Severson, quoting for the partnership of JC Partners International and Massimo Ferragamo. "The expertise of Troon Golf in creating and managing some of the world's great golf courses makes them ideal in helping assure our success in what has historically been an under-utilized region for golf. We look forward to introducing a very unique, private golf course that will be deserving of this remarkable Tuscan setting."

As part of Brunello Partners UK Limited (TBP), Castiglion del Bosco is a joint venture between Massimo Ferragamo and JC Partners International, LLC.

Based in Newport Beach, California, JC Partners International is a high-end real estate investment and development company, headed by John A. Janes and Corky Severson, with projects in the United States and Europe.

Salvatore Ferragamo is one of the world's most illustrious family business names, renowned for its designer fashion lines of shoes, handbags, silks and perfumes. Headquartered in Florence, the Salvatore Ferragamo Group owns and operates over 400 stores worldwide and employs over 2,100 people. It also owns Lungarno Hotels in Italy.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf manages operations at more than 140 courses located in 26 states and 12 countries. Additionally, 28 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Talking Stick Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Maderas Golf Club, San Diego, Calif.; Lake of Isles Golf Club, North Stonington, Conn.; Vista Ridge Golf Club, Erie, Colo.; Kooindah Golf & Country Club, New South Wales, Australia; and Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Berkshire, England.Scottsdale, Ariz. - Massimo Ferragamo, of The Salvatore Ferragamo Group, and JC Partners International, LLC have selected Troon Golf® - the world leader in luxury golf management, development and marketing - to premiere its heralded TROON GOLF EXPERIENCEsm in Tuscany. Castiglion del Bosco (Castle in the Woods), a respected wine estate that has remained virtually unchanged since the 15th century, has begun its renaissance as a world-class resort and private members-only club featuring a private Tom Weiskopf-designed championship golf course. Set in the timeless hills overlooking the historic village and valleys of Montalcino, Castiglion del Bosco will bring an exclusive and highly desirable lifestyle to the romance and rustic beauty of one of the most sought-after regions in the world.

Located one hour south of Florence, the property stands as one of Tuscany's largest estates, building on the agricultural compound that dates back to the Middle Ages and surrounds the ruins of the original castle fortress. This area produces much of Italy's celebrated Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wines, as well as olive oil and Grappa. The development of the private golf course and member villas will enhance the experience at this renowned vineyard estate. Also included in the planning stages will be a luxurious spa specializing in wine-related therapies and treatments, a state-of-the-art culinary academy, a sommelier school and wine museum, and an equestrian facility.

Within the center of the estate's Borgo (village), the 50-room main villa will undergo an extensive renovation to house the distinctive club and community operations. Additionally, 21 classic Tuscan villas, scattered throughout the grounds, will be renovated to reflect the essence of "La Vita Toscana" (the Tuscan life) and will eventually serve as private residences for club members. The 4,500 acres of forests, lakes and pastures that surround the estate comprise of a protected nature preserve that will be available as an outdoor amenity for members, offering hiking and biking trails, horseback riding and other recreational pursuits.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with JC Partners International and Mr. Ferragamo at such a beautiful and historic property," stated Dana Garmany, Troon Golf Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are privileged to help hone their vision for Castiglion del Bosco in this truly outstanding venture. We could not ask for a more exciting project to introduce Troon Golf to Italy."

Troon Golf is providing construction and management services, which include the pre-development planning and design of the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club and long-term management of this prestigious project. Tom Weiskopf has been selected to design the 18-hole signature golf course, as well as the 9-hole par-three course, golf academy and practice facility.

"The Brunello Development Group has the vision to create a world class resort at Castiglion del Bosco, set amongst some of the most panoramic views and breathtaking landscape in Tuscany. I am very excited and privileged to be selected to design a golf course which, when completed will be one of the most picturesque golf courses in Europe, offering a challenging and unique golf experience. I can't wait to get started," stated Tom Weiskopf.

"The caliber of the private golf experience is key to fulfilling the vision for Castiglion del Bosco," noted principal Corky Severson, quoting for the partnership of JC Partners International and Massimo Ferragamo. "The expertise of Troon Golf in creating and managing some of the world's great golf courses makes them ideal in helping assure our success in what has historically been an under-utilized region for golf. We look forward to introducing a very unique, private golf course that will be deserving of this remarkable Tuscan setting."

As part of Brunello Partners UK Limited (TBP), Castiglion del Bosco is a joint venture between Massimo Ferragamo and JC Partners International, LLC.

Based in Newport Beach, California, JC Partners International is a high-end real estate investment and development company, headed by John A. Janes and Corky Severson, with projects in the United States and Europe.

Salvatore Ferragamo is one of the world's most illustrious family business names, renowned for its designer fashion lines of shoes, handbags, silks and perfumes. Headquartered in Florence, the Salvatore Ferragamo Group owns and operates over 400 stores worldwide and employs over 2,100 people. It also owns Lungarno Hotels in Italy.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf manages operations at more than 140 courses located in 26 states and 12 countries. Additionally, 28 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Talking Stick Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Maderas Golf Club, San Diego, Calif.; Lake of Isles Golf Club, North Stonington, Conn.; Vista Ridge Golf Club, Erie, Colo.; Kooindah Golf & Country Club, New South Wales, Australia; and Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Berkshire, England.
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