Langtry appoints director of operations for new golf course

MIDDLETOWN – On Wednesday, Langtry Farms LLC announced its appointment of Johnny Pott – a golf champion and expert in golf course design and construction – as Langtry’s new Director of Golf Operations.

Pott will be responsible for Langtry’s proposed private championship 18-hole golf course and clubhouse in Lake County.

The proposed Langtry Golf Course project will enhance and preserve the estate’s agricultural tradition and outdoor pursuits which already include world-class bass fishing, mountain biking and hiking trails and equestrian activities.

Pott, a native of Mississippi, brings more than 50 years of experience in the world of golf to Langtry’s efforts.

As a three-time member of winning Ryder Cup teams, a five-time Professional Golf Association Tour winner, including the Bing Crosby National Pro Am (now the AT&T Classic), and a lifetime member of the PGA Tour, Johnny Pott is a golf industry expert.

Since 1972, Pott has been intimately involved in golf course design, construction and operations, and will bring that experience to Langtry.

“We are excited to have such a legendary member of the golf community as part of the Langtry team to construct and operate a golf course that will improve our estate’s outdoor amenities,” said Chuck Doty, President of Langtry Farms.

“Our success as an agricultural enterprise hinges on our ability to improve and expand our vineyard’s production,” Doty said. “The golf course will help us in our effort to make Langtry a wine country and outdoor pursuit destination that will attract industry buyers that can impact substantially our sales and marketing efforts for Lake County agricultural products. Plans for the golf course will employ sustainable development practices to protect and preserve our most valuable asset – our land.”

The addition of golf as another outdoor pursuit is based on Langtry’s aspirations to develop a sustainable business model centered on its existing and expanded agricultural activities. By diversifying operations and enhancing its existing outdoor amenities on the 21,000-acre estate, Langtry will be able to increase production of Lake County agricultural products.

The course is being designed by former PGA player and British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf.

“This project is a unique opportunity to create a core-golf experience without interference from residential development,” said Pott. “I am thrilled to be a part of the project and to be working again with world-class designer Tom Weiskopf to execute a true golf experience in a remarkable setting.”

The golf course, a practice range and a club house will be located on an irrigated pasture area across Butts Canyon Road from the winery. As part of the permitting plans, Langtry is asking to rezone the parcel to rural lands which will ensure land-use consistency across the site. The project will not require any additional water consumption. There is no housing component in the proposal.

“The project is a win-win for Langtry and the community,” said Linda Diehl-Darms, a Middletown business owner. “The golf course project will help provide Langtry with a new amenity to improve its wine sales and in turn, will preserve the agricultural history and character of its land that provides Lake County its charm.”

Following County approvals, the new golf course is expected to open in July 2009.

Langtry Farms LLC is an agricultural estate comprised of approximately 21,000 acres of land in southeastern Lake County and northeastern Napa County, which is used primarily for grape growing and cattle grazing. Langtry Farms is currently developing additional productive uses for the land that complement and enhance the wine making operations, and sales and distribution of Lake County agricultural products.

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