JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2018) – Starting Nov. 10, golfers of all ages and abilities will lay claim to the municipal course in Jacksonville Beach – the newly renovated and renamed Jax Beach Golf Club. Located at 605 Penman Rd. S. within the Wingate Park Sports Complex, the 18-hole course and driving range features an innovative design, modern infrastructure and upgraded turf following a 10-month, $2 million investment.
The community has eagerly anticipated the opening, and the first weekend of play is sold out. The improved and expanded driving range will be open for use on a first come, first served basis opening weekend, and the new restaurant Sand Trap will be open to all. The pro shop will be open to book tee times for the following weeks.
More than a facelift, the new course is designed to delight and inspire long-time club members and newcomers alike. Golfers will enjoy a fun, playable yet interesting design by acclaimed golf course architect Harrison Minchew. Among the improvements are lush fairways of 419 Bermuda grass and greens planted with salt-resistant Platinum Paspalum turf, modernized drainage and irrigation systems that use 100 percent reclaimed water, and reshaped and reconfigured holes that enhance playability.
“We undertook this project with our community in mind first and foremost,” said Jason Phitides, director of parks and recreation at the City of Jacksonville Beach. “It is so important for residents to have high-quality public places to exercise, relax and enjoy each other’s company. The new and improved Jax Beach Golf Club is destined to be the pride of our park system and a hub of activity for decades to come,” he said.
Golfers will appreciate more par-4 holes and fewer water hazards, particularly on hole 16. According to Minchew, all of the greens and the entire area around them “have been carefully sculpted to allow chipping, pitching and putting from well off the greens.” Some greens have been moved from their original locations. The biggest change is in the finish with reconfigured 16th, 17th and 18th greens. Minchew said players will have a memorable experience on the last hole which he described as “a nice par 5 playing into the wind.”
Minchew noted that the sea breezes are a unique factor when playing at Jax Beach Golf Club, which is situated about one mile from the coastline. “This design promotes both the lower more running shot that most golfers are more adept to and the typical golfer’s choice to putt or play bump and run shots near the green,” said Minchew. “This very enjoyable style of golf that my new design promotes, along with
the innate beauty of our beach’s barrier island on this beautiful public golf-only property, will allow Jax Beach Golf Club to hold its own alongside the very best courses in Northeast Florida,” he said.
Special attention is being given to establishing and maintaining course conditions. Earlier this year Trevor Hughes joined the club as course superintendent. He has more than 20 years of experience in course maintenance and was instrumental in renovations of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club ocean course and lagoon course. He was named 2017 North Florida PGA Superintendent of the Year.
The overall Jax Beach Golf Club experience is managed by Bruce Mohler. Formerly the head golf professional at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club for more than 20 years, Mohler was named 2018 Golf Professional of the Year by the Jacksonville Area Golf Association. He is responsible for the facility operations.
Aside from improvements to the course, amenities have been upgraded including:
- expanded driving range with brand new artificial turf
- new golf carts equipped with GPS
- enhancements to the club house locker rooms
- revamped Pro shop
- new restaurant
Annual memberships are available; $125 for Beaches Energy customers; $175 for non-Beaches Energy customers. Weekday green fees range from $36.50 for non-members to $25 for seniors, $12 for juniors. Course hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily during the winter and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time.