Following a meeting with the Killearn Homeowners Association on Tuesday night, the owner of the Killearn Country Club met with club members on Wednesday night.
The meeting was held to inform the members about the redevelopment plan. Tallahassee Reports previously published a story about the plan.
Approximately 150 people attended the meeting and Barton Tuck, the club owner, made the same presentation he had made to the Killearn Homeeowners Association the night before.
Two homeowners who live on the North course spoke out strongly against the redevelopment during the question and answer session. Both threatened legal action.
Other members seemed more concern about the transition period and how dues would be handled while the renovation was being completed.
Mr. Tuck said the plan could take up to two years to complete and many issues would have to be resolved though discussions with the many stake holders.
For example, Bruce Conroy, a homeowner on the North course and club member, asked who would fund the maintenance requirements for the proposed conservation easement on the North course? Mr. Tuck said “it will have to be worked out.”
The diagram above shows how parking, a new clubhouse, the driving range and a putting green will all be located closer to what is now the eighteenth green. The pool and the tennis court will remain in their current location.
The part of the course that will be sold off for funds to renovate the club include the Inn, the driving range, and holes 7 through 9 of the North course. This area is located in the middle-right of picture above.
Mr. Tuck told the members he needs their support for the plan and that a ballot will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.
If the measure fails to pass, Mr. Tuck said one option for him would be to sell the club and “go back home.”
But he cautioned, a new owner may choose to close the club and sell all the land to a developer who could build single family homes on the golf course property after 2021.