Hale Irwin to Buy Durango Club?

Dalton Ranch Golf Club is exploring a purchase offer from Irwin Golf Management Group of Denver, according to the Durango Herald.

Club President Frank Sinton notified members by email Wednesday that the club had received a “bona fide offer for the purchase of Dalton Ranch Golf Club facilities” from Irwin Golf Management.

Club rules give Dalton Ranch’s members an opportunity to match the offer. They have 30 days to match the offer, and another 30 days to secure financing and close on the purchase.

Dalton Ranch features a semiprivate 18-hole golf course designed in 1991 by Ken Dye, a restaurant and residential homes. Located about nine miles north of downtown Durango in the Animas Valley, Dalton Ranch is semiprivate, but allows public play. Green fees range from $65 in the spring to $105 in the summer, including a golf cart.

Memberships cost an initiation fee of $5,000, plus monthly dues of $270 for a couple or family and $170 for an individual. Dalton also offers a less expensive “clubhouse” membership.

Irwin Golf Management was founded by professional golfer Hale Irwin, a three-time U.S. Open champion who continues to compete on the Champions Tour. In 2012, Irwin Golf Management took over Terradyne Country Club in Andover, Kan.

Dalton Ranch is one of four golf courses in La Plata County. Hillcrest Golf Club is the county’s only public, 18-hole course. The Glacier Club, 18 miles north of Durango, is a private course with 27 holes. Hunter’s Run near Ignacio is a public, nine-hole course.