Dignitaries and supporters of the new $7.5 million clubhouse project at Suntree Country Club gathered with 13 shovels Nov. 14 for a groundbreaking ceremony on the exact footprint of the new building.
The project will include a new cart barn, putting green and landscaping. The 14,000-square-foot clubhouse described as a “modern take on a Florida design” will include a main dining room, banquet room, private dining room, an indoor/outdoor bar, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a pro shop. The existing clubhouse will be repurposed once the new clubhouse is complete. The total project encompasses 28,000 square feet, including new construction and renovation.
In attendance were almost 100 invited guests, board members and a full slate of officials involved with the project design and construction — enough to have two groundbreaking shovel lines. Also attending were Congressman Bill Posey, past Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Brevard County Commissioner John Tobia and others.
Club president Anne Telling began by welcoming the group to the future of Suntree Country Club and one of its biggest milestones since it was founded in 1975. She singled out the core members who spearheaded the effort and the architect, club management and staff.
“But for you, this dream would still be a pie in the sky scheme,’’ she said.
Design of the clubhouse was done by AW Architects of Boca Raton with construction by Hedrick Brothers Construction of Melbourne and West Palm Beach.
Club vice president George Geletko praised the club leadership for “the vision and management experience to look forward to the future, to a path forward to grow membership and create an exceptional member experience.”
As for the well-orchestrated, invitation-only ceremony, he said: “It takes a village to create something special. Each one of you had an important role in this very special project to make the members’ dreams come true.”
In spite of the challenges of 2020, Suntree Golf Club, a private, member-owned country club, has a full golf membership with a waiting list. Other recent enhancements include updates to the irrigation system, improvements to the tennis facilities, expansion of the pool bar, fencing, lighting and landscaping.
Suntree Country Club offers 36 holes of championship golf, short game practice facility, eight lighted tennis courts and a lighted multisport court.