East County News Service
Warner Springs Ranch Habitat and Cultural Conservancy oversees protection of the resort currently under renovation
February 22, 2016 (Warner Springs) – Warner Springs Ranch Resort has formed the nonprofit Warner Springs Ranch Habitat and Cultural Conservancy to protect and manage the property’s numerous historic, cultural and natural assets.
The Warner Springs Ranch Habitat and Cultural Conservancy, led by a five-member board of directors, provides stewardship of land and cultural resources, conserve native species and their habitat, and promote and facilitate public use of the property. It also manages endowment funds and carries on any other charitable and educational activities on the property.
“Our goal is to maintain a sustainable and conscientious property that locals and visitors can enjoy for years to come,” said Fred Grand, president of Pacific Hospitality Group, Inc., who acquired the property in 2013. “We believe in ‘designing with nature’ whenever possible and hope to restore some of the property’s natural habitats and re-establish its historic agricultural uses.”
Warner Springs Ranch Resort – an iconic San Diego County destination long known for its therapeutic natural hot springs – is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and redevelopment of facilities. Today, the Warner Springs Ranch Golf Club was the first part of the resort to re-open.
The property, which was founded as a working ranch in the mid-1800s and opened as a resort in the 1920s, includes a 27,000-square-foot main lodge, 250 casita units, a 144-acre golf course and clubhouse, tennis courts, equestrian facilities, restaurants, a spa, campgrounds, three swimming pools, a private airport and meeting facilities. Beyond the resort, the property also includes a 240-acre public trust Cultural Preserve.
About Pacific Hospitality Group, Inc.
Founded in 1986 by William H. McWethy, Jr., Pacific Hospitality Group, Inc. (PHG) has been developing and managing hotel and resort properties in San Diego County and beyond for more than two decades. Projects include the Hacienda Hotel in Old Town, a 200-room property overlooking San Diego’s historic district. In Palm Springs, PHG has owned and operated the Palm Mountain Resort & Spa, a World Hotel, in the heart of the downtown village since 1992 and is an integral member of the business and resort community.
PHG’s principals have been associated with world renowned golf resorts and have assembled a team of experts with vast experience building and operating PGA rated courses, both public and private, in resort destinations such as San Diego, Palm Springs, Scottsdale and Los Cabos, Mexico. In south San Diego County, PHG’s principals, through Highlands Links Golf Group, recently acquired and renovated the highly acclaimed Salt Creek Golf Club.
Pacific Hospitality Group works successfully alongside municipalities and municipal agencies. In 2000, PHG constructed 28 hotel suites and other improvements on San Diego County park land and most recently, entered into a partnership with the County of San Diego that included a $4 million investment in renovations in the County owned Victorian buildings in Heritage Park.
PHG and its executives are actively involved in the community wherever they do business, and have worked together with non-profits and other community organizations to improve the quality of life and promote business and commerce. For more information, visit http://www.phgcorp.com.