Community Ideas Sought to Make New Boca National CG “World Class”

By | August 10th, 2018

The design team hired to create a new golf course for the Boca Raton, Fla. club, which shut its doors in 2016 after being known as Ocean Breeze GC, is holding public hearings to get ideas for how to make it a destination property. If all goes as planned, the course will be ready for play in a year.

A 212-acre golf course is set to reopen in Boca Raton, Fla.—with a designer for the first time gathering the community’s ideas on how to make the new Boca National Golf Club a “world-class” destination, reported the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

A recent hearing served as Round One for the public to help bring golf back to the former Ocean Breeze GC, which has been closed since 2016, reported the Sun-Sentinel.

In 2017, C&RB reported that Ocean Breeze was set to rebrand as Boca National GC.

Wayne Branthwaite, with Nick Price Golf Course Design, said he’s just beginning to evaluate what’s feasible, reported the Sun-Sentinel. He’s part of the team hired to revitalize the course.

Another public hearing on the course’s design will be held on August 20, reported the Sun-Sentinel.

“It will be a good month before we understand all the implications,” said Branthwaite.

If all goes as planned, the new greens will be open and ready for play a year from now, said Robert Rollins Jr., a beach and park district commissioner. Permits to tear down the existing hotel and clubhouse on the property are currently underway at City Hall, he said.

About 50 people attended the first hearing, offering opinions for and against splitting the property into distinct courses, reported the Sun-Sentinel.

“We really need to do something different,” Joel Bowie said, citing the failure of Ocean Breeze.

Whatever the final design, it’s going to attract players from near and far, according to the district’s leaders. A hotel and a new clubhouse are among the possibilities for the property, reported the Sun-Sentinel.

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