The cannibalization of a country club spells more suburban sprawl in Palm Beach County. With vacant parcels of developable land pretty much all gone, developers are buying up citrus groves, rock mining sites and even golf courses to pave the way (ha, ha) for new suburbs over old ones. In West Palm Beach, civic leader George Elmore won approval from city commissioners to convert the President Country Club, which includes a 119-acre golf course, into a mega development with a 250-room hotel, 94 single-family homes, a 15,000-square-foot spa and 23 "resort rental" villas. The project will leave one of the golf courses intact, but still, neighboring condo owners are not entirely happy about losing all that open space. We're sure that some of them are regretting not having golfed more to prevent the club, built in 1969, from going belly-up.
· West Palm Beach Oks Development at President Country Club [Palm Beach Post]
· Suburban renewal in Palm Beach County [Florida Trend]