It’s good to be a JC Players Card member these days as the roster of golf courses continues to grow for the golf management company.
The latest edition to the JC Golf family is Welk Resort in North Escondido, a majestic 450-acre resort property featuring 36 holes – an executive 18-hole layout, the Fountains Course, and a par-3 track, the Oaks Course.
In 1964, Welk Resorts was founded by Lawrence Welk, creator of “champagne music” and author of “Wunnerful, Wunnerful.” Welk Resorts is the 10th golf property in JC Golf’s portfolio. Woods Valley in Valley Center joined JC late last year.
“We’re excited about this partnership because JC Golf and Welk Resort share a lot of the same values and synergies, and strive to create a truly memorable guest experience,” said Eric Jeska, Corporate Director of Golf Operations for JC Golf.
Josh Karp, the longtime head professional at Welk Resort, said the transition has been easy because of the companies’ shared dedication to their guests.
“Welk cares so much about the guests, and we are always challenging ourselves to be better at guest service,” said Karp, who joined Welk Resort in 1999. “And that’s very similar to JC Golf. The parallels are staggering.”
The Fountains Course features par 3s up to 200 yards and par 4s that range from 260 yards up to 330, providing plenty of variety for every skill level.
“You can get a nice variety of multiple skill levels playing in one group,” said Karp. “You can hit all your clubs. The avid golfer gets a good test and the beginner golfer doesn’t have to bite off more than they can chew.”
Variety has another meaning at Welk Resort too. FootGolf, a fast-growing sport that’s played with a soccer ball and oversized holes (about the diameter of a trash can) as targets, is tremendously popular at Welk Resort’s Oaks Course. In 2015, nearly 8,000 rounds of FootGolf were played at Welk, making up more than one-third of the 22,000 rounds played on the par-3.
“We have three very distinct golf experiences here and it’s cool that it progresses skill-wise,” Karp said.
Marc Figueroa is a freelance writer who has been covering golf in San Diego for more than 20 years.