Golf course will remain unchanged, with Walters Golf Management continuing normal operations
December 27, 2019, St. Louis Region – Officials for World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois, today announced the purchase of Gateway National Golf Links, the 220-acre golf course and clubhouse adjacent to the speedway. The purchase of Gateway National allows the 380-acre motorsports complex to expand its entertainment holdings. Gateway National is considered the top public golf course in the St. Louis area, boasting a 7,178-yard links-style course with bent grass fairways. Golf course operations will not be interrupted.
Walters Golf Management, the leading golf course management company in the Midwest, will continue to operate the golf facility. No changes in operations will take place and all event reservations and play will be unaffected.
“Boosting St. Louis and the Metro East is part of our mission and bringing together the two properties makes great sense,” said Curtis Francois, World Wide Technology Raceway owner and CEO. “Just as our racing venue has evolved into a showplace for some of the greatest racing in the country, Gateway National is a beautiful course that compliments what we are doing next door.”
“The quality golf experience our customers have come to expect will stay the same well into the future,” said Jeffrey C. Smith, Principal and CEO of Walters Golf Management. “This course has had a committed and visionary ownership group for over 20 years and Curtis has proven he shares the same passion for its success.”
Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.
For more information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow WWTR on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
World Wide Technology Raceway is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 380 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, recently-enlarged 2.0-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. WWTR was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from St. Louis Attractions Association. In 2018, owner and CEO Curtis Francois received the Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission in recognition of his work for restoring WWTR (known then as Gateway Motorsports Park) to prominence.
About Gateway National Golf Links
Gateway National Golf Links was designed by renowned golf course architect Keith Foster. It is the only true links-style course in the St. Louis area and is the only public-access course in the region to feature bent grass fairways. Walters Golf Management has overseen the property from the construction phase in 1997, through its present-day operation. For more information on Gateway National, or to book tee times, visit gatewaynational.com or call (314) 421-4653.