By Steve Plunkett
Construction of the new Boca National Golf Course — just the course, not a clubhouse, advanced golf academy or other amenities — will cost $9.5 million to $11.5 million, the project’s designer says.
“We’ve really been running in first gear right now, and with the approval of the master plan that will allow us to really get moving,” said Wayne Branthwaite, with the Nick Price/Tom Fazio II design team.
The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District hopes to begin building the course in June and open it to golfers next October. But neither the district nor the city, its partner in the acquisition, put any money for construction in budgets.
Arthur Koski, the district’s executive director, said it will borrow money to build the course if need be.
The city’s budget also makes no mention of the $65 million it expects to receive in May from the sale of the municipal golf course west of Boca Raton.
The Beach & Park District on Sept. 17 endorsed the designers’ recommendation to build an 18-hole championship course with a nine-hole executive course and a “full-length” driving range. The existing Boca Teeca course at the site had 27 holes with a driving range considered too short for modern equipment.
District commissioners in September also approved an almost $42 million budget for fiscal 2019. The tax rate is 91.47 cents per $1,000 of taxable value, an increase of nearly 4 percent from the budget year that just ended. The spending plan includes $3.75 million to install artificial turf fields at Patch Reef Park.
In Boca Raton, meanwhile, the City Council approved an $864.6 million budget for the new fiscal year. The tax rate, about $3.68 per $1,000 of taxable value, is a 4.6 percent increase. City residents will also pay a $135 fire assessment fee, up from $125.