Eagle Crest Resort comes under new owners


  • Eagle Crest Resort has a new owner and management company. (Ryan Brennecke/Bulletin photo)






















Eagle Crest Resort west of Redmond has been sold for $12 million, according to a deed filed Monday.

The new owner, Eagle Crest Acquisition Group, shares its address with KDG Capital LLC in Tampa, Florida. The resort will be managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, based in Plano, Texas, an Aimbridge spokeswoman said. Representatives of Aimbridge and previous owner-manager Northview Hotel Group couldn’t be reached for further comment.

Northview Senior Vice President Scott Pickert acknowledged in January that Eagle Crest was up for sale. He said at the time the resort was performing well, and the push to sell was driven by Northview’s financial partner at Eagle Crest, Oaktree Capital LLC in Los Angeles.

Eagle Crest is a residential community and destination resort that was developed in the 1980s along the Deschutes River west of Redmond.

“Eagle Crest is a huge partner with Redmond,” said Eric Sande, director of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce.

It’s the largest conference and lodging facility near Redmond, and it’s the resort that’s most convenient for people attending big events at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Sande said.

The resort includes a 100-room Holiday Inn Resort hotel, meeting space, three golf courses, two clubhouses and three athletic centers. Golf club members are aware of the transition but haven’t received any official communication, said Gregory Pluchos, a golfer who has lived in the Eagle Crest residential community since 2003.

“I think most everybody’s hoping the golf facilities get a little bit more attention,” Pluchos said. In particular, the cart paths and sand traps at the Ridge Course, one of two championship courses, need repair, he said.

“They’re nice. Don’t get me wrong,” he said. “It needs some attention to bring it back up to what we’ve grown to expect here.”

Northview invested $3 million in renovations at Eagle Crest and added the Aerie Cafe in 2012, according to the archives of the Redmond Spokesman.

It’s unclear whether Aimbridge will oversee any upgrades under the new owner. Aimbridge manages more than 500 hotels and resorts, including the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Bend and four other hotels in Oregon.

Pluchos said he’s heard that the new management intends to keep Eagle Crest’s staff, and he hopes that’s the case. “The people that are out there working are doing a good job. They’re certainly very pleasant.”

Eagle Crest is one of three Oregon resorts that Northview acquired in November 2010 from Jeld-Wen, a window and door manufacturer formerly headquartered in Klamath Falls. Northview still owns Brasada Ranch northwest of Bend and is not looking to sell that property, Pickert said in January.

—Reporter: kmclaughlin@bendbulletin.com, 541-617-7860

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