Signs: Golf Industry in Florida Back on High Road

By: Tim McDonald

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No one could reasonably say the golf industry is exactly booming in Florida again, but there are strong and definite signs it is returning to its more familiar prosperous times.

In Naples, workers are entering the final construction phase of a newly re-designed golf course in the Twin Eagles golf community. Any new golf course is big news these days, and this one, a design by well-known architects Steve Smyers and Patrick Andrews, promises to be a both a beauty, in terms of aesthetics, and a bear, in terms of challenge.

The other private course at the Twin Eagles Club, bought recently by the Ronto Group, is the Talon, a Jack Nicklaus work.

Another good sign comes from Club Link, which bought the 36-hole Woodlands Country Club in Tamarac in April. This was after it had purchased eight 18-hole equivalent courses in Sun City, as well as Heron Bay in Coral Springs. The Canadian-based company continues to scout other golf properties, with plans to buy more, according to Golf Inc. Magazine.

And more good news for central Florida golf: Marriott has assumed management of MetroWest Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design. I've always thought Metro West was one of the better strategic layouts in the area, and an underrated track.

Marriott now has an impressive portfolio in Central Florida and, if you've played some of the resort chain's courses in the area, like Hawk's Landing, Falcon's Fire or Grande Lakes, you'll know there are few golf courses in the world better-conditioned. I expect MetroWest will soon sport that same look and will attract hordes of locals and tourists alike.
 

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