The Double JJ Resort in western Michigan, which closed last summer and sold at auction, apparently will reopen Memorial Day.
Originally known as the Jack and Jill Ranch, the Double JJ had been in operation for 71 years. Located north of Muskegon, it features a dude ranch, championship golf course, hotel and conference center, horse trails, a friday night rodeo and a $12 million indoor waterpark.
Progressive Resorts—a four-way partnership out of Erie, Pa. led by American Resort Management LLC—plans to close on the deal by April 24, company officials said.
Progressive Resorts’ separate purchase of the Double JJ Thoroughbred Golf Course from Shelby State Bank is expected to be presented to the court in the next 10 days, according to Stephen Grow, attorney for the trustee.
American Resort Management plans to begin opening the New Frontier with the indoor water park, Sundance Saloon and golf course by mid-May and have the entire 1,100-acre resort open by Memorial Day, company officials said.
The management company also will revive the July 4 Rothbury Music Festival.
From the Double JJ Resort website:
Memorable, year round, family friendly vacation experiences will continue this year at the Double JJ Resort. Progressive Resorts, LLC of Michigan has entered into an agreement to purchase the resort. Professional management services will be provided by American Resort Management, LLC of Erie, Pennsylvania and Heritage Hospitality, LLC of York, Pennsylvania. Double JJ Resort is a convenient destination for families throughout the Midwest including; Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
Experience the wonder of Double JJ Resort. With three distinct resort areas are spread across more than 1000 scenic acres, Double JJ provides a unique and memorable vacation experience. Enjoy the indoor and outdoor water parks, take a sunset horseback ride or challenge yourself with a round of golf. “Whether you spend the night or the week our wide array of attractions, accommodations and amenities will provide couples, families and groups of all sizes an experience of a lifetime,” says Richard Coleman of American Resort Management, LLC. “New and returning guests will be able to make reservations in the next couple of weeks as we plan to open by early May.”
The second annual Rothbury Music Festival is set to return to Double JJ. Taking place over July 4th weekend, this festival plans to build upon the tremendous success of last year’s event. Additional world class special events are being planned for our first class facilities and will be announced throughout the year.
Progressive Resorts is planning to begin a multi-year capital improvement campaign this year with some upgrades and refurbishment to existing facilities and plans over the next couple of years to add a larger conference and entertainment center as well as additional vacation ownership opportunities throughout the resort.
That’s GOOD news.