N.C. native to further enhance local, regional culinary connections
(HENDERSONVILLE, N.C.) – Champion Hills, Western North Carolina’s premier golf community featuring Tom Fazio’s acclaimed mountain golf masterpiece, has named Stephan Stansfield Food and Beverage Director.
A native of Wrightsville Beach, Stansfield comes to Champion Hills from The Horseshoe Farm, a luxury boutique resort in Hendersonville with an award-winning culinary operation. Prior to that he enjoyed tenures at Rezaz Mediterranean Cuisine in Asheville and Bluewater Waterfront Grill in Wrightsville Beach. His managerial experience ranges from executing fast-paced corporate concepts to working with locally-owned restaurants preparing for national expansion.
“Stephan brings a great deal of experience and energy to our food and beverage team,” says Champion Hills General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Dana Schultz. “He’s joining forces with our new Executive Chef, Blake Johnson, and we’re excited to see where their creativity and leadership take us.”
Stansfield graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with dual degrees in Business Finance and Spanish Language Arts. Growing up along the coast as an avid surfer, he developed a love for fresh seafood and other Carolina culinary staples. He plans to work closely with Johnson and the Champion Hills food and beverage team to introduce new regionally-inspired touches to the menu.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with this incredible team and to serve our membership here at Champion Hills,” Stansfield says. “This is an amazing club and community in the heart of one of the most beautiful areas of the country. From farm fresh produce and locally-sourced meats and dairy, to regional spirits, wines and craft beers, there’s so much opportunity to pull even more of North Carolina into what we do here.”
Champion Hills is off to a fast start in 2021 as Western North Carolina continues to be one of the most sought-after relocation and retirement regions in the U.S. The luxury community just minutes from downtown Hendersonville and 30 minutes from Asheville offers both resale homes and custom-building lots. Its Fazio-designed golf course is one of the top-rated layouts in the state and is widely considered one of renowned architect’s crowning achievements.
The club’s food and beverage operations include the upscale, intimate Mountain View Room with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Fazio Pub, recently reimagined by The Design Gallery. The casual dining restaurant and bar was updated with new finishes, fixtures, furniture and a wine room with community feasting table. Two new bars were created, one for martinis, unique cocktails and wine, and the other a sports bar with flat screen TVs and local craft beers on tap.
About Champion Hills
Champion Hills is a private boutique club in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just above Hendersonville and 30 minutes from Asheville. Its centerpiece is a Tom Fazio-designed Mountain Masterpiece is ranked among the top private courses in the state by Golfweek, and the No. 1 “Year-Round Golf Course in Western N.C.” by Golf Digest. Champion Hills is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operations division of Troon, the world’s largest golf management company.
Resident-members enjoy a balanced and relaxed lifestyle steeped in golf, tennis, fitness, hiking and swimming, all surrounded by the recreation, entertainment and culture of Western North Carolina. Unlike many private, seasonal, mountain communities, Champion Hills offers year-round golf and activities, as well as casual and fine dining options. For more information, visit www.championhills.com or call (828) 696-1962.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 585-plus locations around the globe, including managing 630-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 620-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Indigo Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. Troon-affiliated properties include Indian Wells Golf Resort in Indian Wells, California; Yas Links Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates; The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Georgia; and Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Connecticut. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.