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Palm Harbor Golf Club to Reopen After Renovation


Harbor Golf Club, an 18-hole layout located 35 miles north of Daytona Beach, Fla., has slated a grand re-opening after a two-year, $4.5 million renovation project. Purchased by the city of Palm Coast, Fla., in 2007, the public facility will be operated by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports, a premier golf facility management company, which joined the management team in May.

The activities, which kick off November 7, will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by the striking of the first ball in a 21-ball salute. Lunch and golf for invited guests and media will follow.

Visitors will see numerous changes to the historic layout, including upgraded drainage and irrigation systems, reconstructed tees and greens, new bunker configurations, two new ponds, redistributed native trees, redesigned driving range with improved features and new cart paths along the entire course.

"The major difference golfers will notice is the movement through the fairways," said George Clifton from Clifton, Ezell and Clifton Golf Design, the architectural firm that oversaw the renovation. "We raised the features more into view and lowered some areas in the fairway for basins, which accents these features. Visually, this offers a nice rolling appearance and adds some drama off the tee. The golf course is similar in length as before but should play a little more difficult with the addition of 20 bunkers."

Built in 1973 by William W. Amick, the course has enjoyed more than 30 years as the centerpiece of a master planned housing community. The course gained national recognition in 1979 after it hosted the Palm Coast Mixed Team Championships, which saw LPGA legend and Palm Coast resident, Nancy Lopez, team up with Lee Trevino, to win the pro-am tournament against 10 other LPGA/PGA teams.

"We hope that local golfers are able to experience the golf course improvements that have been made and that they will return to enjoy this wonderful community amenity," said Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon. "KemperSports is the right partner to work with Palm Harbor Golf Club as they have developed a positive relationship with our local golfers based on the management of their golf course in Port Orange, Fla. (The Golf Club at Cypress Head)."

Palm Harbor will officially re-open for public play on Sunday, November 8. Fees start at $36.50 for Palm Coast residents, with an introductory rate of $27 during the first month of operation.

"We look forward to the reintroduction of Palm Harbor Golf Club," said Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports. "The golf course has enjoyed a long and rich history and we are anxious to bring a great golf experience back to the local community."

For more information about Palm Harbor Golf Club or to book a tee time, visit www.palmharborgolfclub.com.