By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer
Boca National will feature 27 holes. How those holes are configured is what is still up for debate.
At the second of three public meetings, golf course architect Tommy Fazio presented three options for the design of the new Boca National Golf Club – and a recommendation.
The recommended course design has 27 holes with an 18-hole golf course, plus a nine hole short course and a driving range.
Other options included a three, full-size, nine hole course and another configuring of an 18-hole course and one short course with nine holes. All three options are for a 27-hole course, but two have a short nine hole course.
“It makes the most sense for what the goals are for the District, and appeals to a wider audience,” VP of Nick Price Golf Course Design Wayne Branthwaite said of the recommended design. “All the amenities are close to the clubhouse: the nine holes, the 18 holes, and the hotel. The driving range is also close to the clubhouse. This is ‘the’ option that meets all the criteria.”
Fazio spoke of “constraints” at the Boca National site that don’t exist at Osprey Point, a popular golf course with similar acreage located at 12551 Glades Road.
Osprey Point has 27 holes spread into three 9-holes. “The physical boundaries of the [Boca Teeca residential] buildings force us into a box [at Boca National],” said Fazio. “And, we need a buffer zone with a safety zone around it.”
Fazio then gave the audience “a quick 101 on golf course design,” describing the three different land parcels that make up the Boca National property. An east parcel of 72 acres; a northwest parcel of 80 acres (the largest parcel, which Fazio said would make sense to contain the new clubhouse); and a southwest parcel of 62 acres (the site of the old maintenance facility and clubhouse).
As of Aug. 20, the golf course project was still in the permitting process regarding demolition of the old Ocean Breeze buildings, according to Assistant Director of the Beach & Park District Briann Harms.
Executive Director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District Arthur Koski said the architects are now working with two consultants: the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and C.B. Richard Ellis.
NGF will provide an update on market and financial analysis, and C.B. will provide information on demographics and the economic viability of a hotel, Koski said.
The last public meeting took place on Sept. 17.