BOCA RATON, Fla. — Boca Raton is slated to get a new public golf course next year, officials announced Wednesday.
MSD Partners and Northview Hotel Group, the owners of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, are planning to donate the 130-acre Boca Country Club to the city.
The country club, located at 17751 Boca Club Blvd., is currently a private, members-only club. However, officials said it will officially become a public course on Oct. 1, 2021.
"If there was nothing else going on, the Ocean Breeze Gulf Course would be built in five years and cost tens of millions of dollars. In my view, all of that is solved by the enormous generosity being shown by Boca Resort today," city Councilman Andy Thomson said. "They're donating a golf course, tennis facility and clubhouse to us, the city of Boca Raton, for zero dollars. We no longer have to fight about how much are we going to spend on this other golf course. We no longer have to worry about how long it's going to take to build."
The Boca Country Club includes an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, a clubhouse, and a pool.
MSD Partners and Northview Hotel Group acquired the country club as part of their purchase of the Boca Raton Resort & Club in June 2019.
Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer released this statement Wednesday:
"This incredible opportunity will enable us to deliver world-class recreation to more residents, including championship golf on a beautiful course. We are grateful for the extraordinary generosity of community-minded corporate partners like Northview Hotel Group and MSD Partners. This donation will allow us to expand our outstanding array of year-round leisure activities and will improve the future of recreation in Boca Raton."
This is a timely donation since the city's western municipal course is in the process of being sold.
"The way we're organizing it is there's not going to be any gap there in terms of having a golf course available for people," Thomson added.
Officials said on Oct. 1, 2021, Boca Country Club will open to all Boca Raton residents and visitors, as well as Boca Golf and Tennis Club residents and Boca Raton Resort & Club members.