Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina on Grand Lake Oâ€™ The Cherokees broke ground last week on a 120-room resort hotel scheduled to open by April of 2017.
Approximately 300 dignitaries, members, and well-wishers joined Shangri-La owner Eddy Gibbs and his management team on the hotel site to view plans, renderings, and celebrate another leap in the continuing expansion of the resort. Gibbs purchased the deteriorating property in March of 2010 and has since renovated all 27 holes of the golf course, built a 14,000-square foot clubhouse and completed several residential housing developments.
A wide array of dignitaries joined in the groundbreaking ceremonies including former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh, who provided an historic highlight to Shangri-Laâ€™s history by hosting the National Governors Conference at the resort in 1982.
Other dignitaries included State Senator Charles Wyrick, State Representative Doug Cox, Oklahoma Tourism Commissioner Chuck Perry, and County Commissioner Doug Smith. Gibbs, General Manager Jason Sheffield, and Vice-President of Operations Jon Davidson (who will supervise the hotel construction as well as manage it after completion) also provided attendees with details of the project. The hotel is a design-build project which will be handled by the Tulsa-based Ross Group.
Ross Group President Warren Ross, Chief Operating Officer Rusty Edmiston, Operations Manager Bryan Miles, and Project Manager Brian Travis also joined in the festivities.
In addition to 120 guest rooms including a mix of standard doubles, kings, and suites, many with balconies overlooking Grand Lake, the new four-story Shangri-La Resort Hotel will include an outdoor resort pool, and indoor pool, gym and spa, a casual dining restaurant, indoor and outdoor bar & grill facilities, a rooftop bar, 8,000 square feet of conference space, and a variety of relaxation features including a splash pad, childrenâ€™s playground, and areas for volleyball, horseshoes, and other entertainment facilities.