Two Golf Courses Change Hands for Eight Figures

VIZZDA—August 7th, 2013 — FireRock Golf and Country Club in Fountain Hills and the Arizona Golf Resort in Mesa were sold last week for a combined price of $11.8m. Both of these assets pricing in the seven figure range is atypical for golf assets, which typically transact in the low six figure range. Though the circumstances of the transactions were quite different, high valuations for recreational assets such as golf courses and resorts bode well for the Phoenix-area real estate market.

The first of these properties to change hands was FireRock, a 7,001 yard, par-72 course designed by Gary Pank in 1999 and boasting a 2-story 29,058 ft2 clubhouse. The sale price of $5.5m was furnished by the members of the club, who voted to buy out the original developers, MCO Properties, earlier this month. The vote was a response to professional golfer, Phil Mickelson, placing a bid on the property. More information on the circumstances of this sale can be found in this article from the Fountain Hills Times.

The Arizona Golf Resort is a 187-room golf resort with 54 condo units built in 1967 and renovated in 2004. The resort features an 18-hole, par-71 golf course that was completed in 1962. The property sits on roughly 120 acres at the southeast corner of Broadway and Power Roads. The $6.3m acquisition by Dr. Matthew Luxenberg represents a steep decline from a previous purchase price of $22.305m in April of 2007. Following default on a $19.2m CMBS note with JP Morgan Chase, the property reverted at trustee sale for $5,900,783 in August of 2010.

By:

Paul Dionne

Director of Analytics

Vizzda.com

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Guaranty Bank and Trust Co. Sells Crown Plaza San Marcos Resort in Chandler

VIZZDA—January 28th, 2013 — Interwest Capital Corporation of La Jolla, CA has acquired the historic San Marcos Resort and Golf Course in Chandler for $11m. The seller, Guaranty Bank and Trust Co, held the property as Real Estate Owned for over a year following the bankruptcy of the resort’s prior owners. Interwest financed the transaction with $14m in seller carry debt, maturing January 28th, 2018.

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort

The resort—located at the Southwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard—was originally constructed in 1912, underwent major renovations in 1960 and 2006 and was expanded to 295 rooms in 1987. It is comprised of four 4-story buildings totaling 180,842 ft2 on a 123-acre campus, zoned PAD. The 18-hole par 72 golf course measures 6,626 yards from the tips and has a slope rating of 119.

The most recent arms-length transaction occurred on November 23rd, 2004 when Robert Bigelow of Bigelow & Co. paid $12,485,371 for the hotel and $1,214,629 for the golf facilities for a total $13.7m with an additional $1,254,669 in fixtures. The $8m in new debt issued by Guaranty with the sale was modified on May 31st, 2007 to increase the principal to $23m. Guaranty noticed the property on December 31st, 2010. On March 18th, 2011, Bigelow declared bankruptcy and the property reverted to Guaranty as beneficiary on December 6th, 2011 with a $16.5m credit bid.

The sale of the Crowne Plaza San Marcos comes after a purchase of nearly three acresof land immediately South of the Hotel. On January 18th, 201 3, an entity formedby Robert Furst of Oakstream Investors acquired 3.27 acres of finished lots, zoned MF-2, comprised of 19 lots with dimensions of 50’ x 150’ as part of the original Chandler plat for a total purchase price of $1,348,607 or $9.47 per square foot. Thesale is comprised of multiple transactions and trades; sold by the Bogle Family. Furst concurrently traded 2 of the lots to the Hall family, retaining 2.93 acres.2.41 Acres of this assemblage previously sold in 2006 for $1.5M or $14.29 PSF.

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By:

Paul Dionne

Director of Analytics

Vizzda.com