A putting course like the famous Pinehurst’s was proposed for Boca’s new public golf club.
The public had the first look where amenities like that and the clubhouse would go at the design team’s presentation Wednesday.
Boca National Golf Club will have 18 holes and a short course. The course design was finalized for the former Ocean Breeze that had 27 holes in the city’s Boca Teeca neighborhood.
“We want to move ahead with the golf course as quickly as possible,” said Wayne Branthwaite for Price Fazio, the design team.
The proposed cost is $10 million for construction and possibly another $1 million for landscaping, he said. That doesn’t include buildings.
The projected opening date for play is October 2020, he said. The course will open with or without amenities and can use trailers if necessary, he added. “There’s no need to rush and we don’t expect to finish it all by the opening,” he said.
A putting course “goes beyond the traditional game of golf and becomes a focal point for that area,” Branthwaite said.
It would attract parents dropping off kids at the learning academy and others new to the sport, he added.
Designer Jorge Garcia described the academy with four hitting bays, putting areas and expandable classrooms.
A nearby canopied area would serve coffee, smoothies and healthy food. It could have space for yoga and other fitness classes and Topgolf-like playing bays.
Garcia said the main clubhouse will overlook the 18th hole. It will have a pro shop, locker and restrooms, lounge, terrace, restaurant, meeting room, and kitchen. “We’re trying not to waste any space; this is flexible enough for various uses,” he said.
Drawings show the clubhouse entrance on Clint Moore Road. Golfers told designers they were concerned about traffic flow. But they were told no U-turns would be necessary.
The new course design eliminates golfers crossing Northwest Second Avenue that bisects the course. There’s already a tunnel and building another one was discussed.
The property was bought with a city loan by the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District, which held the public feedback session. The district also bought a hotel parcel outright. But a new feasibility study didn’t see a hotel as a good use of that land, Branthwaite said.
The city sold its municipal golf course to residential builder GL Homes. That course on Glades Road remains open. But GL is expected to close on the property in May. The only other public golf is the nine-hole Alan C. Alford course at Red Reef Park.
By Marci Shatzman