The projects at the Fort Myers, Fla. club, which was rebranded from the Gateway Golf & Country Club after being bought from the membership in 2018, will include a new 300-seat dining facility, second-level fitness center and resort-style pool. No assessments will be made for the projects, which are expected to be completed in February 2020.
The Club at Gateway in Fort Myers, Fla. has begun construction on a new 300-seat dining facility that will feature the ability to be split into three different areas, to accommodate large or small events.
The project is part of $6 million in improvements now underway at the club, which traces its history to 1989 and was formerly known as Gateway Golf & Country Club before it was bought from the membership for $5 million in 2018 (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/renamed-gateway-gcc-expanding-amenities-new-ownership/). The new ownership, Florida Lifestyle Management Group led by Don Garrett, committed that the renovations would be completed with no assessments to members.
Following the building of pickleball and bocce courts that have already been completed, the major renovations now underway will also include a second-level fitness center with separate spin and aerobics rooms and new cardio, weight and TRX training facilities. The club will also have a new resort-style pool featuring a zero-entry area, water features, lap lanes and a 16-seat outdoor bar. A playground has also been added to the plans for children to enjoy.
The new dining facility will feature a display exhibition kitchen equipped with wood-burning pizza ovens and grills. Another feature will be a 1,600-bottle glass wine cellar in the lobby area and a private wine room for dining and entertaining.
All renovations are expected to be completed by February 2020, and existing club amenities, including tennis, pickleball, bocce, the fitness center, the pool and dining in the Grille Room, will remain open during the renovations.
The Club at Gateway also features a Tom Fazio Signature golf course with six sets of tees and a 20-acre Golf Improvement Center that is the home of the Golf Channel Academy. Created by course architect Ron Garl, the facility features a double-sided range, four short-game areas, a putting green and two practice holes, a par 3 and par 4.
The Club at Gateway also announced that it received the Fort Myers News-Press Best of Fort Myers Gold Award for “Best Private Golf Course & Country Club” during an awards ceremony held on July 23 at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers.