Rosen Hotels & Resorts will expand the golf course at its Shingle Creek Resort onto a 24.6-acre parcel the company owns directly north of the property and is considering the addition of 650 rooms for the resort off Universal Boulevard, GrowthSpotter confirmed with a company spokeswoman on Thursday.
The company will be working with legendary golfer Arnold Palmer on the course expansion, President Harris Rosen said through a spokeswoman. Rosen Hotels declined to confirm a timeline for the course's expansion, or scope of the cost and number of holes to be added.
The 18-hole, 7,149 yard championship golf course that opened at Shingle Creek Resort in December 2003 was designed by Windermere resident David Harman, who helped build more than 150 golf courses around the world. Harman died in 2005 of tongue cancer at age 51.
Rosen said through his spokeswoman that the company is exploring the addition of 650 rooms to the Shingle Creek Resort. The location of that potential expansion wasn't specified.
Independent sources have told GrowthSpotter the planned hotel expansion for Shingle Creek Resort will feature frontage on Universal Boulevard, with a target opening of Fall 2017.
Relocation of some existing golf course greens to the undeveloped land parcel could free up space near Universal Boulevard or the hotel for new rooms.
Rosen Hotels, through affiliate Rosen Master Partnership LTD, acquired the 24.6-acre parcel in December 2009 for $3 million from Pulte Home Group during the depths of the economic recession. Paved roads and underground utilities remain on the Destination Parkway site for planned homes that were never built.
Shingle Creek Resort is the seventh and newest hotel in the Rosen portfolio, having opened in September 2006. Sitting on 230 acres, the full-service convention hotel boasts more than 1,500 guest rooms and suites, 490,000 square feet of meeting space, and one of the nation's largest column-free ballrooms at 95,000 square feet.
Rosen Hotels' portfolio has more than 6,300 rooms in Orlando.