Ongoing renovations at the Sarasota, Fla., property include lighting on the nine-hole, par-3 course and driving range to eliminate dark spots for evening rounds.
The Sarasota, Fla., and Ventura, Calif., clubs each opened expanded and enhanced driving ranges, adding 32 and 29 hitting stations, respectively.
The Sarasota, Fla. property has completed a $1.2 million project designed to help adapt the course to the specific needs of the community’s membership, while also addressing several operational and environmental concerns.
“Revenue almost always equals expenses,” says a city commissioner about the property. The city has hired the National Golf Foundation for recommendations on how to upgrade the facility, but no action has been taken to move forward with a comprehensive master plan.
Eileen Sarris, who joined the private yacht and tennis club in Sarasota, Fla. in 2012, will be presented with the 2014 Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive of the Year Award in New Orleans in October.
The Founders Club in Sarasota, Fla., Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va., Texas Start Golf Course in Euless, Texas, and Bacon Park Golf Course in Savannah, Ga., are all in the midst of updating their golf courses.
Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. purchased the 172-acre golf course from Civix Sarasota GC LLC, which bought the property out of foreclosure for $2.2 million in November 2003 and planned a residential development for nearly a decade. The golf course closed in May 2013 to make way for a new development, but D.R. Horton declined to comment on its plan for the property.
The master developer of the Sarasota, Fla., planned community is moving forward with improvements to the Lakewood Ranch Country Club Athletic Center and Royal Lakes Golf Course. The $5 million enhancements will include a new 12,000-sq. ft. clubhouse, a driving range with a pro shop and bar and grill, new pickleball courts, and upgrades to lighting and HVAC systems.