New firm to function, keep Turkey Creek Golf and Nation Membership

New company to operate, maintain Turkey Creek Golf and Country Club

Emily Mavrakis
| The Gainesville Solar

After practically a decade out of use, golfers will quickly be capable to pitch and putt on the greens at Turkey Creek in Alachua as soon as once more, now that the golf course and nation membership has named a brand new working accomplice.

Davey Golf, a division of the Ohio-based Davey Tree Knowledgeable Firm, has entered right into a five-year contract with Turkey Creek Golf LLC to function and keep the Turkey Creek Golf and Nation Membership. As present renovations end up, the course is predicted to open early within the new yr. 

“It’s incredible,” mentioned Turkey Creek resident Russ Cook dinner. “Our goal is to be one of many higher or greatest programs within the space.” 

The neighborhood was established with golf course and nation membership entry within the late-Nineteen Seventies, Cook dinner mentioned. After a long time of development and success, the golf course fell underneath financial hardship in the course of the 2008 recession, and its earlier proprietor closed the course in 2011.  

In 2015, the Turkey Creek Grasp Homeowners Affiliation agreed to purchase the land for $1.35 million. Then got here the problem of financing renovations to the course, which on the time had been out of use for 4 years.  

“Whenever you drove into what was once a lovely course, it appeared like hell,” mentioned Cook dinner, who first moved to the neighborhood in 2015 from South Florida. 

In 2018, a gaggle of buyers got here collectively underneath the identify Turkey Creek Golf LLC to signal a lease settlement to renovate and reopen the group’s golf course, in addition to the prevailing pro-shop and restaurant area. 

Cook dinner, a Turkey Creek Golf LLC board member, labored to search out a administration accomplice that may be capable to restore the course and Turkey Creek’s place within the golf group with out breaking the financial institution. Many administration presents got here in at nicely over $1 million to $1.5 million, he mentioned, triple the deliberate funds.  

Cook dinner mentioned along with making the funds work, Davey’s a long time of expertise in course operations stood out in figuring out a deal.  

Davey runs quite a few golf programs across the nation. Beneath its contract with Turkey Creek Golf LLC, will probably be chargeable for the administration and care of the 18-hole course and assumes operation of the clubhouse and golf store. The on-site restaurant, Creek’s nineteenth, is owned by a 3rd get together. 

“Anyone can play right here,” Cook dinner mentioned. “Each members and the general public. We would like it to be a group course.” 

He mentioned Turkey Creek can be an area for highschool groups to apply as nicely.  

Davey Golf Enterprise Supervisor Zach Younger mentioned there’s an “aggressive” plan underway to complete a whole renovation of the course, which incorporates up to date irrigation and drainage methods. A 3-hole apply facility and driving vary have already been accomplished. 

“That is the massive preliminary push,” he mentioned. “We’ll set forth a capital plan to enhance not solely the course itself, however the group expertise as nicely.” 

Younger mentioned Davey can also be planning to work with youth packages, together with the Gator Junior Golf Affiliation.  

“We plan to host quite a few native enterprise and charity occasions,” he mentioned.

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