Built on the site of what was formerly Selva Marina CC, the new club in Atlantic Beach, Fla. will be the first new golf course built in northeast Florida in a decade, and will include a new 12,000-sq. ft. clubhouse.
Ground has been broken for construction of the new 18-hole golf course at Atlantic Beach (Fla.) Country Club, Golf Course Architecture reports.
Built on the site of the old Selva Marina Country Club, Atlantic Beach will be home to a 6,815-yard, par- 71 course designed by Erik Larsen, as well as a new 12,000-sq. ft. clubhouse, Golf Course Architecture reports.
Atlantic Beach is the first new course to be built in northeast Florida for a decade, and is one of just a handful of member-owned private clubs currently under construction in the U.S., Golf Course Architecture notes.
Led by development professionals Rick and Susie Wood, Atlantic Beach Partners LLC is behind the project. In January, C&RB reported on Atlantic Beach Partners’ purchase of the property for $4.3 million.
The new course will replace the existing course on the site and bring about several environmental benefits, Golf Course Architecture reports. Upon completion, a recreation and greenspace easement will take effect, which will preserve more than 100 acres of natural greenery at the site.
Highly treated wastewater will be used as part of the course’s irrigation, Golf Course Architecture reports. The local city has estimated that once the infrastructure is completed in the summer, approximately half a million gallons of nutrient-rich wastewater will be used to irrigate the course daily.
“It’s a classic win-win,” said Atlantic Beach Mayor Carolyn Woods. “That’s one-fourth of what we are currently discharging into the St. Johns River on a daily basis at Sherman Point. That nutrient-rich water is perfect for irrigation. And using it that way makes the St. Johns healthier.”
Plans for the site include 178 single-family home sites that will be surrounded by the golf course, as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a tennis complex, Golf Course Architecture reports.
The course is scheduled to open in October 2014.