Residents were concerned that 152 single-family homes being built around the Tamarac, Fla. property would negatively impact their neighborhoods. Homebuilder Pulte has paid for each of the new homeowners to gain automatic membership to the club, which includes a 27-hole golf course and a banquet hall that has already booked 30 events.
After a decade of trying to get the new club built, along with a controversial debate among residents, Woodmont Country Club in Tamarac, Fla. has finally opened its doors to the public, Tamarac Talk reported. Owner Mark Schmidt, who runs the club full time, was relieved to have the project completed at the end of October.
The clubhouse includes a banquet hall, tennis court, private gym, pro shop, restaurant, bar-and-grill, pool, outdoor patio and lounge, and a 27-hole golf course, Tamarac Talk reported. While some guests utilize the entire facility, others visit specific areas—and there are memberships to suit each type of guest.
“Every day, we have more members, and it’s climbing every day,” Schmidt said.
At press time, they had approximately 80 members, Tamarac Talk reported. They anticipate more as 152 single-family homes are being built in the surrounding area, and the home builder, Pulte, has paid for each of the homeowners to gain automatic membership to the club.
So far, 15 of those homes have been completed, and they have a projected sellout day in January of 2021 when they expect each of the houses to be completed and bought, Tamarac Talk reported. The 152 homes were once the center of controversy, as Woodmont residents once objected to them, as well as the clubhouse being built. They believed it would take away from the beauty of the golf course, and that the new single-family homes could negatively impact their neighborhoods.
“They were afraid that the new homes would destroy their property value and their way of life—that has been proven the opposite. It has increased everyone’s property value by over 20 percent in the last two years,” said Schmidt.
Despite the turmoil, he’s eager to move on and hopes those who once objected can now enjoy the clubhouse and see the value it brings to the community, Tamarac Talk reported.
There is a range of membership options available, Tamarac Talk reported. A social membership granting access into the pool and fitness center, including special pricing on food and beverage, is the most affordable at $2,500 a year. A sports membership, including tennis, will cost about $3,100 annually. And one, including golf, will cost approximately $4,000.
The club is not limited to members. The restaurant, with an evolving menu, is open daily to the public, as is the golf course—though, non-member fees would be slightly higher than the prices for members, Tamarac Talk reported. Additionally, the banquet hall is available for booking private and corporate events, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, bridal showers, conferences, and weddings.
“We have booked probably about 30 events for the year, already,” he said.
Schmidt did recognize that some people might view his latest business venture as a risky one, given that golf memberships and golf clubs across the nation are in decline, Tamarac Talk reported.
“The golf course business is in a recessionary mode, so I tell people ‘Call me in a year, and I’ll tell you if I’m very smart or very stupid,’” said Schmidt.
However, based on the feedback since the launch, he feels optimistic. So far, Schmidt told Tamarac Talk, the reception has been positive, from the public and members, despite the uphill battle and resistance he faced in trying to build the club.
“It’s been as good as it possibly could be. We’ve had nothing but excitement from the community—Our neighbors have been nice, and we’ve welcomed them with open arms,” said Schmidt.