KSL Capital Partners to Acquire Historic Grove Park Inn

KSL Capital Partners to Acquire Historic Grove Park Inn

Vacation News » North America Vacation News Edition | By Scott Kauffman | April 26, 2012 8:00 AM ET

(Asheville, NC) -- KSL Capital Partners, LLC recently announced it entered into an agreement to acquire the historic Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa from an affiliate of Sammons Enterprises, Inc. One of the most iconic resorts in the United States, the 512-room Grove Park Inn sits between the majestic Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the next 30 days.

As part of the resort's centennial celebration in 2013, KSL Capital Partners is planning an extensive $25 million renovation of the resort's public areas, guest rooms, dining outlets, meeting spaces and spa that will honor the historic style of the resort while enhancing the guest experience.

Sammons has owned and operated the resort for nearly 60 years. Following the acquisition, The Grove Park Inn will continue to operate as an independent luxury resort and will be managed by KSL Resorts, a leading independent hotel management company. KSL Capital Partners and KSL Resorts have extensive experience in owning and operating historic properties such as The Grove Park Inn.

Founded in 1992, the KSL Resorts portfolio currently comprises:  Hotel del Coronado (San Diego, Calif.); Beach Village at The Del (San Diego, Calif.); La Costa Resort and Spa (Carlsbad, Calif.); Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (Rancho Mirage, Calif.); Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa (Vail, Colo.); Barton Creek Resort & Spa (Austin, Texas); and The Homestead (Hot Springs, Va.)

"The Grove Park Inn has a deep and storied past and we understand the importance of honoring the history of the property while providing the next level of service and amenities that today's guests demand," said Marty Newburger, a principal of KSL Capital Partners. "We believe the experience KSL Resorts has in managing properties like The Grove Park Inn partnered with our planned capital improvement program will bring a further level of luxury, service and amenities for our guests and the community to enjoy."

Constructed in 1913, Grove Park Inn features 512 rooms, one of the country's most widely acclaimed spas, eight dining outlets and seven retail outlets, an 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course, a 50,000-square-foot sports complex, and 55,000 square feet of meeting space with 42 meeting rooms.

The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just beyond the energy of downtown Asheville, North Carolina, The Grove Park Inn is sanctuary for the soul. Enchanting mountain vistas, lush green fairways, warm Southern charm, and passionate hospitality make The Grove Park Inn an oasis for family vacations and romantic getaways.

KSL is a private equity firm specializing in travel and leisure enterprises in five primary sectors: hospitality, recreation, clubs, and real estate and travel services. Among the firm's holdings is Dallas-based ClubCorp, one of the world's largest owners of private golf and business clubs.

KSL also owns other premier recreation businesses, including Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, two of the leading ski resorts in North America; Western Athletic Clubs, the owner and operator of luxury fitness clubs on the West Coast; and Orion Expedition Cruises, a luxury expedition cruise operator based in Sydney, Australia.

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