The Country Club of Florida
The Country Club of Florida is located in the serene hamlet of The Village of Golf located a short distance west of I-95 near Boynton Beach, Florida. When this residential community was founded in 1956 by Carlton Blount, it was a seasonal getaway for those escaping the harsh winters of the Midwest to play golf on a beautiful Robert Bruce Harris designed golf course and relax in a Florida environment naturally inhabited by many native birds. Competition for new members, proximity to expanding South Florida development activity and limited opportunity for residential expansion within this exclusive gated community forced the club to improve their aging but comfortable facilities to remain viable.
After analyzing several solutions for additions and remodeling to the existing 13,000 sqft clubhouse and 8,000 sqft car barn golf shop building, the building committee, board and ultimately the membership (then it's average age of 72 years of age) voted to build a new clubhouse. The new clubhouse would be located at the top of a ceremonial tree-lined bluff overlooking the closing holes of golf, fabulous practice facilities and Audubon habitat in the distance.
The new clubhouse was designed in a timeless, low country style with one story of the two story structure built into the hill. Inside the design is a casual traditional style with parlor scaled rooms to promote a quiet elegance for the members to comfortably enjoy their tropical winter retreat.
Upon entry thru custom designed mahogany doors and side lights (using the etched glass from the original clubhouse entry doors), the lobby features hand painted mural walls which reflect the Audubon environment the club is surrounded by. A central gallery, featuring Audubon artwork form the original clubhouse, terminates at the grille room at one need and the locker rooms at the other.
To attract younger golf-serious members, the men's and women's locker rooms were designed with adjacent card rooms and lounges with bar service and views to the golf course, nicely appointed wet areas with a custom home quality finishes and access to a common covered porch overlooking the practice facilities which the club is known for.
The original club served its members and their guests lunch and dinner in the same dining room with limited participation of an appeal to its younger members.
The new club features both formal and casual dining venues. A stained millwork grille room with a sweeping bay window overlooks a covered brick patio and the 18th green. This new casual dining venue has been well received by all members and their guests for lunch and dinner. For those desiring a formal food and beverage experience, the dining room was designed with lighter painted millwork, a central fireplace and telescoping walls to "right size" the room and create an intimate setting for various sized functions.
The lower level golf operations, fitness facilities and indoor golf instruction studio, was built into the bluff with a golf shop overlooking the practice facilities.
The response by those who visit the new Clubhouse for the Country Club of Florida has been consistently positive with many clubs desiring to replicate it's overall ambiance and special features.
The site for the new clubhouse was cleared in March of 2002 with the original clubhouse staying in operation until it was torn down following the season of 2002-2003 with the new club opening on schedule for the season of 2003-2004 meeting the schedule and budget which the members voted on.