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Ryan Stemsrud named general manager of Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club in Surprise, Arizona

New semi-private club currently under development northwest of Phoenix will feature an 18-hole Nicklaus-designed golf course that is scheduled to open in January

Scottsdale, Ariz. (September 9, 2020) – Ryan Stemsrud has been named general manager of Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club, a new semi-private club currently under development in Surprise, Ariz., northwest of Phoenix. The 18-hole Nicklaus designed golf course is scheduled to open in January of 2021, and the 21,000 square-foot clubhouse is slated to open in the summer/early fall of 2021. The club is managed by Troon and is the centerpiece of the 780-acre Sterling Grove Toll Brothers luxury lifestyle community.

Ryan Stemsrud
Ryan Stemsrud

Stemsrud has nearly 20 years of club management experience having served as general manager at private clubs, semi-private clubs and daily-fee courses across the country. Stemsrud is no stranger to Arizona golf, having served in various leadership positions at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in Fountain Hills, StoneRidge Golf Club in Prescott Valley and Sedona Golf Resort in Sedona in the early years of his career. Most recently, Stemsrud was the general manager at Springdale Golf Club, a 125-year old private club in Princeton, New Jersey. He has been with Troon since 2010.

“Ryan is a proven leader, detail oriented and has an incredible track record of improving the operations at every club he leads. We’re thrilled to have him leading the team at Sterling Grove, one of the most exciting new projects in the Troon portfolio,” said Mike Ryan, chief operating officer, Troon.

The staff-gated, luxury resort community will encompass 2,200 homes and includes both all-ages and active adult neighborhoods, an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, and 35,000 square-feet of recreational amenities, including a modern ranch-inspired clubhouse with restaurants, spa, fitness, tennis, pools, and pickleball. According to Nicklaus Design, the concept for the golf course is to showcase features from the golden age of golf architecture, providing golfers with a very playable and enjoyable golf course. Incorporating design and architecture from some of Arizona's most iconic neighborhoods, the community will include trails, parks, fishing lakes, community gardens, pet friendly parks, and many new and innovative community amenities.

Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club will ultimately become an exclusive private club reserved for members and their guests. When the course opens in 2021, and for a limited time as the Sterling Grove community builds out, the club will be open to daily-fee and unaccompanied non-member play.

Together with Toll Brothers and Nicklaus Design, Troon is fully-engaged with all facets of the new club from design and development, agronomy, food and beverage, to sales and marketing and merchandising.

For more information on the Sterling Grove Club, visit

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 435-plus locations around the globe, including managing 470-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 485-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 40-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners,CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Gamble Sands in Brewster, Washington; The Virginian and Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards in Bristol, Virginia; Kapalua Golf in Maui, Hawaii; Lofoten Links in Gimsoysand, Norway; and The Els Club Dubai in United Arab Emirates. For additional news and information, visit

About Toll Brothers
Toll Brothers, an award-winning Fortune 500 company founded in 1967, embraces an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. Toll Brothers is currently building in 22 states nationwide and is a publicly owned company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL).

For five years in a row, Toll Brothers has been ranked the #1 Home Builder Worldwide on theFortune magazine “World’s Most Admired Companies®” list.* Toll Brothers also has been honored as national Builder of the Year byBUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year byProfessional Buildermagazine.

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