Fort Lauderdale Country Club, the oldest private country club in Broward County, Florida, has reopened its North Course following $3.7 million in renovations. Members and staff officially held an 18th-green ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 29.
Work on the North Course commenced in April 2019 and included replacement of greens and provision of tees between 4,800 yards and 7,100 yards, making the course more enjoyable for players of all abilities. The upgrades enhance a facility that also includes the 18-hole, par-72 South Course, which was built in 1926, remodeled twice and is the annual home to corporate and non-profit events.
"We are thrilled to showcase our new North Course to existing and prospective members,” general manager said Michael O'Brien said. “Reinvestment into a club's infrastructure is vital to the success of not only that club, but of the golf industry as a whole. This new course design will add another dimension to the extensive list of advantages that sets Fort Lauderdale Country Club apart from the competition.”
The North Course project was overseen by Kipp Schulties, principal architect of Kipp Schulties Golf Design. Schulties’ experience in the design of championship caliber golf courses encompasses having worked with PGA Tour player Fred Couples and golf course architect Gene Bates for over seven years. As an independent designer, Schulties has master planned and/or designed numerous courses, including Boca Raton Resort & Club (with Gene Bates) and Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club.
Fort Lauderdale Country Club is the only private club in Broward Country that offers 36 holes of manicured championship golf in a parkland setting as well as a quality practice facility. Fairways are lined with stately native trees and palms, and colorful flower beds are found throughout the property.
“Our planning and design team has incorporated the newest technology to create a more strategic and challenging course for players of all abilities,” club president Lee Patterson said. "We couldn't be more elated with the North Course outcome and we expect it to attract new members and further our reputation for being the premier golf club in Broward County."