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Madison raceway acquires Gateway National Golf Links

Golf course will remain unchanged, with Walters Golf Management continuing normal operations

Officials for World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison have 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. Raceway officials said 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 will continue to operate the golf facility. No changes in operations will take place and all event reservations and play will be unaffected, officials said in a statement released Friday.

“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.”

A quality golf experience 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.

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.

About Gateway National Golf Links

Gateway National Golf Links was designed by 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.

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