Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 9, 2014

Challenge at the Woods under new ownership

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The new year has brought new ownership to The Challenge at the Woods, Jacksonville’s semi-private country club, located at 14499 U. S. Highway 79 East.

“As of Jan. 1 Dr. Glen Rhodes purchased The Challenge at the Woods,” Rick Brewer, Senior Vice-President of The Challenge Group and General Manager of the Garden Valley Golf Resort in Lindale, said.

The Challenge Group, proprietors of several golf and country clubs in Texas, previously owned the Jacksonville facility, but recently decided to sell the local facility and shutter their golf establishment in Gladewater.

Brewer said patrons of the facility should not expect any drastic changes in the near future.

“The Challenge Group has signed a one-year lease agreement with the (new) owner to manage the golf course in Jacksonville,” Brewer said. “I don't expect that there will be any big changes in the golf operations.”

One switch has taken place already, however.

Casey Moore has been hired as the Pro Shop Manager and will be the director of golf operations, with Brewer also scheduled to lend his expertise in making sure everything continues to run smoothly.

“Casey trained under (my supervision) at Garden Valley and we believe he will do a fine job in Jacksonville,” Brewer said.

The golf club is the home of Jacksonville's men's and women's golf associations and also hosts several junior tournaments annually.

It also is the home of Jacksonville College's golf teams.

“I have not had an opportunity to talk to or meet with the new operators yet,” T. Lynn Nabi, Jacksonville College golf coach and academic dean said. “We have a tournament scheduled there in March, so hopefully everything will stay the same. I can't comment further until I've spoken with the new owner or operators.”

Brewer said that the management piece for the restaurant and bar portion of the complex has not been finalized at this time.

He said that ongoing arrangements are taking place with a local individual who has a great deal of experience in providing food and beverage service at the Jacksonville location. He anticipated the new party taking over within 30 to 60 days.

No interruption in dining services are anticipated , according to Brewer.

“The restaurant will continue serving lunch and handing the arrangements for the Rotary Club as well as well as hosting private events,” he said.

In addition to golf and its banquet and dining rooms, The Challenge at the Woods offers tennis, swimming and fitness facilities for its members.