By: Chris Dickey – February 16, 2018 06:30:07 When will this golf course come to your area?
That’s the question that came up during a panel discussion at the World Golf Convention in Boca Raton, Florida on Friday, February 16.
The topic of golf courses was brought up by a member of the audience as well as golf course owner Bob St. Clair, who said that while he’s never visited a golf course in his lifetime, he does know what it takes to build a course in an area and has done so for years.
In addition to St. Claire, a retired engineer, members of the public included John G. Lutz of Orlando, Florida, who owns St. Cloud Golf Course.
Lutz said he’s spent the last few years thinking about the potential for a golf resort in his area and that there’s an opportunity here.
“We know that there are great golf courses in our area,” Lutz said.
“There’s a beautiful golf course here, and we can use it.
That’s one of the reasons we have this club.
The other reason is that this area is really close to Orlando and we have an opportunity.”
Lutz also pointed out that there have been several golf courses that were built on the shores of Lake Okeechobee, a large body of water that is often referred to as the Great Gulf of Mexico.
“If we build it, we can put golf courses on the lake and it will be the greatest resource in the region,” Luts said.
St. Clair agreed, saying he has been looking at sites in other parts of the world that could potentially benefit from such a development.
“It would be great if we could put a golf club on a peninsula that is right next to the Great Lakes and if we were to do that, that would be a great opportunity,” St. Clairs said.
“I don’t think that golf courses are a thing you’re going to see in this country anytime soon, so this is an opportunity we can take advantage of,” he added.
St Clair said that he is not yet looking to sell the club, and is open to new ideas from the public.
“There’s always a place for golf courses, and the idea is to use the courses as we did in the old days,” St Clair said.
The panel also included Tom Bowers of Fort Myers, Florida.
Bowers owns a company called Blackbird Golf Course, which also has a golf facility in South Carolina.
He said that, if he were to get the green light to build one of his golf courses here, he would not only build it to serve as a home course but to serve a large part of the country.
“The idea is we could have the biggest, best golf course that’s in the area, and I want to see it in Florida,” Bowers said.
Bowers said he would love to see a golf site built in Orlando.
“But the real challenge is to put a course that would make sense for the area,” he said.