The robust Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s Eagle course at the former President Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a major focal point for the new 245-acre Banyan Cay Resort & Golf Club set in a pricey enclave along Congress Avenue north of Palm Beach Boulevard. Along with an update of the RTJones II course to make it more user-friendly for all levels of golfers, in the plans are a British-Colonial-style clubhouse, a 150-room low-rise resort hotel in the same style, 145 single-family homes, condo tower and a 15,000 square foot spa.
Banyan Cay Development purchased the property in late 2015 for $26 million from Palm Tree Golf Management and work is already well underway on the $280 million project. The former Patriot Golf Course once the second track of the President Club has been cleared to make way for new homes and condos and the new hotel will contain restaurants, pool, spa and tennis courts while the clubhouse will have a grill room, locker rooms, pro shop and other golf facilities. Developers are considering partnering with a waterfront property to give homeowners access to a private beach facility and are talking to Noble House Hotels & Resorts about developing the hotel.
The property that overlooks Magnolia Lake, will ultimately have about 350 units. Sam Bauer, president of Banyan Cay Dev. says, “Home designs will need to be approved by an architectural board but we are looking at all styles. We don’t want a cookie-cutter look to our neighborhoods.” Eagle renovations are expected to be completed by May 2017 but the course will remain open for play throughout the process. The clubhouse will open in 2017 and the hotel in 2018. Prices will start in the $500,000 range.
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