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The Future of Plantation Country Club


Property Undergoes Renovations and Planning to Thrive for the Next 100 Years

At the close of 2018, Plantation Country Club entered into its next chapter. Glass Creek LLC, a special purpose entity comprised of developers and investors led by Will Gustafson, purchased the 121-acre Plantation Country Club from American Golf Corporation and began the process of designing Plantation to thrive for the next 100 years.

With this new stage, there have been many questions about the future of Plantation Country Club. Club members, homeowners and community members can all find comfort knowing the initial plan for the property is continuing operations as normal, with a few immediate investments to improve the member experience.

“Our approach is to respect what people love, while developing plans for the future that balance contemporary aesthetics with Plantation’s long-admired community presence,” said Gustafson. “We’re focused on creating a quality experience for our members and making sure the membership stays full.”

Gustafson’s local team members include real estate development consultant Bob Taunton, land use attorney JoAnn Butler, market advisor Colliers International, civil engineers and landscape architects The Land Group, and communication firm Red Sky.


Magnolia Room Lighting Update - Before


Magnolia Room Lighting Update - After

 

Since the purchase, the team has begun the assessment process to determine what it takes to help Plantation move forward into the future, conducting due diligence on the land, the golf course, irrigation system, club house and other assets. To date, upgrades and investments to the property are in progress to improve the clubhouse, including updating the kitchen equipment, carpet, paint, millwork, lighting and landscaping. All existing staff were retained and a five-year management agreement with American Golf Corporation is in place to continue managing the property.

Brian Curley, an award-winning golf course architect with Schmidt-Curley Design, was brought in to meet with staff and club members, gather more information and begin designing the potential reconfiguration of the golf course.


Curley discussing potential golf course redesign with Will Gustafson, Bob Taunton and Plantation Country Club Superintendent Nate Cahill.

The golf course’s current layout needs to be reconfigured to account for the impending ACHD right-of-way acquisition for the widening of State Street and updated Pierce Park Lane intersection. The right-of-way and new entry will claim portions of the #9 and #10 fairway adjacent to State Street and render the fairway unplayable. Curley’s redesign will look at options to maintain 18-holes, raise the quality level of the course as well as the club experience and make room for some development along State Street in the abandoned #10 fairway.

The future of Plantation leaves room for opportunities that benefit the community economically and socially. Stay tuned to this space for regular updates from the ownership team.