The project, designed to produce a “distinctly different golf course,” will begin on the club’s North Course in April 2019, with an expected completion date of November 30. The scope of work includes replacement and expansion of greens, replacement and/or relocation of all bunkers, and providing tees between 4,500 and 7,200 yards. FLCC also has a South Course that will remain open during the project.
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Country Club (FLCC) announced on September 21st that its membership has approved a $3.7 million renovation of its North Course.
The project is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2019, with an anticipated completion date of November 30, 2019.
FLCC has contracted with Kipp Schulties of KS Designs, LLC to head up the renovation. The result will be “a distinctly different golf course,” according to Schulties. The scope of work approved, and fully funded by the membership, not only includes the replacement and expansion of the greens, but also goes further with replacement and/or relocation of all bunkers, and providing tees between 4,500 and 7,200 yards, making the course more enjoyable for men and women of all abilities.
“The [North Course] greens were due for replacement,” said Golf Course Superintendent Todd Ingram. “However, this project not only addresses the age of the greens, but creates an exciting new course that I know our members will enjoy.”
Overall, the response to the renovation of the North Course has been positive, the club reports. “During the project, we anticipate a very conservative membership growth rate; once the North Course is complete, however, we fully expect that rate to increase rapidly,” said Membership Director Valerie Roca.
The club announced that it is putting together “some attractive incentives” for potential new members to join before the completion of the new course.
“Reinvestment into a club’s infrastructure is vital to the success of not only that club, but of the golf industry as a whole,” said Michael O’Brien, FLCC’s General Manager.
In a message to club members, O’Brien said the new course design will be just one more thing to add to an extensive list of advantages that FLCC is instituting to set the club apart from its competition.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with this project approval, and are excited to further our reputation for being the premier golf club of Broward County [Fla.],” said Club President Lee Patterson.
FLCC was established in 1926 with its South course, and the North course was built in 1951.