Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc. (SMR), the developers of Lakewood Ranch, will undertake an expansion of and addition to existing facilities at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, officials announced Monday. The improvements will be made at the Club’s Athletic Center and at Royal Lakes Golf Course, and were made necessary by the robust growth of the community.
Earlier this year, the Lakewood Ranch Country Club membership was surveyed and their responses helped shape the direction of the improvements.
Due to the extreme demand for classes and heavy use of the gym area, the existing 11,000-square-foot fitness center building at the Athletic Center will be expanded by 6,900 square feet, with upgrades to the lighting and HVAC systems. Pickleball courts will also be installed.
Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club’s Royal Lakes golf course, presently served by a temporary building with a shell parking area, will see the addition of a double-ended driving range and practice area – similar to the one found at the Club’s existing facility – followed by an approximately 10,000- to 12,000-square-foot clubhouse with a golf shop and bar and grill, and a paved parking lot.
The additions are preliminarily phased as follows:
· The design, engineering, architectural and permitting for all three improvements to occur in 2013-‘14;
· The construction of the driving range to occur in 2014;
· The fitness center renovations to begin in 2014 and conclude in 2015; and
· The new clubhouse construction to begin in 2014 and conclude in 2015.
When the project is finished, members will enjoy the availability of both the main club and the facilities at Royal Lakes, addressing the needs of the community now and in the future. Despite the trend toward downsizing and belt tightening seen in other area country clubs, Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club has experienced membership growth and demand, including in its youth programs.
No specific figures have been released, but the expansion, improvements and construction will require a multi-million dollar investment by SMR. Dozens of new jobs are expected to be created as well.
Country Club East is a private, gated community built around lakes, nature preserves and the Royal Lakes Golf Course –18 holes of Rick Robbins-designed golf. Every home built in Country Club East meets the Florida Green Building Coalition’s standards for energy efficiency, clean indoor air, sustainability and drought resistant landscaping.
Lakewood Ranch is the 17,500-acre award-winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more 18,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, Ancient Oak Gun Club, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and four million square feet of commercial property. For more information visit www.lakewoodranch.com.