Developers hope to restore Binks Forest in Florida to former glory
Released on = April 26, 2007, 11:32 am
Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = Developers hope to restore Binks Forest to former glory. Florida golf real estate stories at GolfCourseRealty.com
Press Release Body = By Tim McDonald, National Golf Editor, Golf Publisher Syndications
Binks Forest in Wellington was on its way to becoming a major South Florida golf course when it fell victim to ownership and financial issues. Now, Aquila Property Co. and Kemper Sports have teamed up to renovate and manage the course. Plans call for a 90-unit residential golf community.
(April 24, 2007) - You\'ve heard about Pebble Beach, Augusta National, Pinehurst and all those other famous golf courses that host some of the country\'s major tournaments.
But, how much do you hear about the courses that might have been great, but for some reason bit the dust?
By all accounts, Binks Forest in Wellington, Fla., while not in the above class, was on its way to becoming a major Florida golf course, unique in South Florida because it actually played through a real forest, so scarce in the area.
It was the first Johnny Miller signature design in America, and hosted a major PGA event in its first season (1990) when the PGA Tour Team Championship was held there. Golf Digest ranked it in its top 75 public golf courses in the country.
But, Binks Forest fell victim to a tangle of ownership and financial issues and reached a low point when U.S. marshals showed up one day in 2002 to close it. Employees were left without paychecks, contractors went unpaid and some members lost their dues.
The course sat neglected for years, its fairways a jumble of weeds, the ritzy clubhouse boarded up against vandals, while, on the other side of the street, half-million dollar homes overlook the mess.
Now, a real estate investment company is in the process of restoring Binks Forest.
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April 25, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.