Zaya S. Younan Expands Luxury Resort Group with Second Golf Course
LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2017 --- La Grande Maison Younan Collection has acquired Golf des Forges, a 272 acre, 27-hole golf course and resort near Niort in southwest France. The seller was Forges Golf SARL; Blue Green, a European golf operator, will continue to manage the course under lease.
According to Zaya S. Younan, Chairman and CEO of the Younan Collection and of Younan Properties, Golf des Forges is a significant acquisition for the young group because of its proximity to other Younan Collection hotel/castles and its hospitality component. “This course is beautifully laid out and located just a short drive from two of our properties, Hotel Saint-Martin and Chateau du Petit Chene. In addition to the three nine-hole courses, we will offer guests the ability to stay in one of five luxurious villas situated around the property.”
Golf des Forges, named after the 19th-century castle located in the same town, is uniquely designed and offers golfers, regardless of skill level, the chance to play three different nine-hole courses. Designed by the architect Bljord Ericksson, Golf des Forges is suitable for beginners to experienced players. Although there are commonalities among the courses with their reinforced bunkers, uneven terrain and water, they offer sufficient variety to make Golf des Forges a challenging experience.
The three courses vary in topography and difficulty and are designed so that two can be played for a complete par 72 experience. Golf des Forges offers golfers practice and putting greens, a fully stocked pro shop, clubhouse, restaurant, swimming pool and tennis court on site. Lessons are available for individuals and groups and beginners are encouraged to join Ecole de Golf, a year-round program for area youth. Golf des Forges is one of the most popular courses in the area and boasts an international clientele from all over Europe.