BURRELL TOWNSHIP — A Texas developer is the new owner of Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort and Conference Center near Blairsville.
“It is going to remain a resort, with all the employees staying in place,” said Dwayne Day, attorney for RRH Developments, based in the Houston, Texas, area.
According to LinkedIn, Ronald Holley has been president of RRH Developments for more than 21 years. RRH bought the 345-acre resort with its two 18-hole golf courses, four banquet halls and other accommodations at an auction last week.
“The primary purpose right now is to keep it as a functioning resort, and to do whatever we need to do to make it a better destination,” Day said.
Chestnut Ridge enjoys a highly visible location near the interchange of Routes 22 and 119 with a shopping center and competing hospital-based primary care medical center as its neighbors.
RRH offered $2.4 million — plus a 10 percent fee for Hostetter Auctioneers of Beaver Falls, which handled the bidding.
The resort also has a restaurant, a spa and salon, and a 92-room Hampton Inn & Suites hotel.
“It is probably the premier property that is a golf property,” Day said, “but RRH has developed properties all over the country.”
Day said plans also call for “a little more marketing and a little more development of existing real estate around the golf courses.” That includes 35 acres of undeveloped land. Asked if that might mean some sort of housing development, Day said there wasn’t enough room for that.
Earlier, auction manager Sherman Hostetter said Chestnut Ridge could change hands officially in 30 to 45 days, depending on how soon the new owner can wrap up details such as liquor license transfers. Chestnut Ridge changed hands 12 years ago for $7.5 million, as Tom and Jim Usher, of Pittsburgh, bought out their partners, Eugene “Huey” Bartolini, of Saltsburg, and Matt DeRose, of York.
Hostetter said the Ushers wanted to move on to other interests in their lives.