City of Tamarac could lose 4 of its 8 courses to redevelopment

Developers have plans to turn four of Tamarac, Florida’s eight golf courses into housing developments. Tamarac is northwest of Ft. Lauderdale. 

One proposal would close one course at the private Woodmont Country Club, leaving another intact. The developer is proposing to build 255 single-family houses and nearly 61,000 square feet of commercial space for offices and restaurants.

"People are upset," a local resident told the Sun Sentinel. "In order to do this they are eliminating one of our golf courses and that's not an acceptable solution. We were never in favor of giving up open space for construction."

The second course is at Colony West Country Club, developed in 1970 and owned by the Edward Rack Corp. The Glades course would become the site of 422 townhouses and two-story condos, if approved by the city.

Sabal Palm Golf Club, developed in 1965, is already slated for residential use, as is Monterey Golf Course, which opened in 1976.

That would leave only one facility in the city untouched — the 36-hole Woodlands Country Club.

The Woodmont plan "reflects the reality that golf course operation has become economically non-viable in South Florida where golf courses have become too numerous and more practical as residential development opportunities," according to the Woodmont developer's application.

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ABANDONED GOLF COURSE VS ABANDONED CONSTRUCTION SITE!!! There is a 99 year covenant which is effective until Aug 27, 2074 which restricts the Woodmont Pines golf course and clubhouse land for any other use. Anyone wishing to read this document can go to Broward.org/records and do a public search for Instrument 80141750. Since time is so limited, noone has really had time to try to figure out an alternative solution for saving our golf course. I'm sure noone wants to see it abandoned. I do feel, however, that under the proper management, both the country club and the course could be successful. Or perhaps there are other alternatives that should be considered before we destroy the reason why most of us purchased our homes in the first place. A quick and irreversible decision to allow these additional homes would be a disaster. If they don't sell, we could end up with the same situation that Mark Schmidt has created on Griffin Rd in Davie. (An eyesore since 2003) Let's not jump the gun.

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