(The Emerald Hill golf course and Ari Pearl; source: The Real Deal)
The Hollywood, Fla. property opened in 1969 with a course originally designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge. The proposed project, which requires approval of a land-use plan amendment by the city and Broward County, would also include development of a “luxury clubhouse” with a resort-style pool, tennis center, banquet and fitness facilities, dining venues, a kids club, indoor basketball court, and a “hammock garden.” Over 400 luxury rental units, 30 townhouses and 40 golf villas would be built on five parcels of the 167-acre golf course.
Developer Ari Pearl and real estate investor Mickey Taillard are proposing to redevelop The Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood, Fla. with luxury residences while also hiring Nicklaus Design to redesign the property’s golf course, reported The Real Deal, a South Florida real-estate publication.
The semi-private club was opened in 1969 with a championship 18-hole course originally designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge, and its website touts that the course is “rated #1 by the [United States Golf Association] in South Florida.”
Pearl and Taillard’s plan for The Club at Emerald Hills property also calls for a luxury clubhouse, 416 luxury rental units, 30 townhouses and 40 golf villas on five parcels of the 167-acre course, according to a press release, The Real Deal reported.
As proposed, the clubhouse would include a resort-style pool, a tennis center, banquet facility, restaurant, fitness facility, locker rooms with treatment areas, an indoor basketball court, kids club, and “hammock garden.”
Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design would be the project architect for the clubhouse and other facilities, The Real Deal reported.
First Eagle Management LLC, led by Todd Schoenwetter, owns the golf course, The Real Deal reported. Pearl and Taillard, both Emerald Hills residents, are partners and developers of the project, a spokesperson said.
Schoenwetter has tried to rally community support to redevelop the course in the past, but failed to do so, The Real Deal reported.
The developers have applied for a land-use plan amendment that was submitted to the city of Hollywood and Broward County, The Real Deal reported.
The rentals would be located on holes 18, 16 and 8, and the townhouses and villas would be on the outskirts of the golf course, The Real Deal reported. Pearl and Taillard are proposing to redevelop less than 10 percent of the golf course property, according to the press release.
Members would also be able to use other Jack Nicklaus International Golf Club courses, The Real Deal reported. The club will also offer a discounted rate for Hollywood, Fla. residents, as well as golf, tennis and social memberships.
Taillard said in the release that he wants to “preserve and enhance” the course, as golf courses shut down across the country at “an alarming rate.”
Pearl is also working on a major mixed-use project in Hallandale Beach, Fla., The Real Deal reported. In September, he secured a $100 million loan for the $220 million SLS Resort Residence & Marina Hallandale Beach development, also designed by Karp. Pro golfer Greg Norman is designing the 18-hole championship golf course for that project.