Brenton Rice Named GM at New Black Desert Resort Golf Course

Black Desert Resort Golf Course, a new Tom Weiskopf-design currently under development in Ivins, Utah, has named Brenton Rice as general manager, Ken Yates as golf course superintendent, and Jordan Rhodes as assistant golf course superintendent. The 18-hole facility, set amid ancient black lava fields of Southern Utah, is now in the grow-in phase, with nine holes scheduled to open to daily-fee play this November, and the remaining nine holes opening in spring of 2023.  

Rice has more than 15 years of club management and leadership experience in operating upscale clubs. He most recently served as executive vice president for The Bay Club Company, where he oversaw membership sales and strategic planning across 24 properties in California and Oregon focused on fitness, sports, family and hospitality. 

Yates will lead Black Desert Resort Golf Course’s agronomy team and oversee grow-in and daily maintenance of the par 72 golf course, expansive practice facility and the property’s 36-hole illuminated putting course. Yates has 33 years of turf management experience and has led the agronomic teams at courses in Edwardsville, Ill.; Las Vegas, Nev.; La Paz, Mexico; San Antonio, Texas; and Montgomery, Ala.  He most recently served as a division manager at Casa Verde Golf, a Scottsdale-based golf course construction and renovation company.

Rhodes is now in his fifth year working in turf grass management, quickly working his way from agronomy crewmember to assistant superintendent in just three years. He comes to Black Desert from Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah.

“We are thrilled with the team that is being assembled at Black Desert. Brenton is a strong leader, and has a passion for developing, coaching and mentoring others. Ken has an advanced knowledge of agronomy and turf grass management practices. And, Jordan has an incredible work ethic and a keen eye for detail,” said Bill O’Brien, senior vice president, Troon. 

Troon will manage the golf operations, golf course agronomy, food and beverage, and marketing for the golf facility, the centerpiece of the 600-acre resort community.

Reef Capital Partners is developing Black Desert Resort. Upon buildout, the property will offer 150 hotel rooms; 1,050 residences; miles of nearby trails; a wellness spa; and 46,160 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The property will also feature 32 single-family estate lots and approximately 214,000 square feet of commercial space, with the amenities of the resort center available for full-time residents.

Photo Courtesy of Black Desert Golf Resort

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