WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – As board members of Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Fla., cut the ceremonial ribbon on their new clubhouse last month, The Weitz Company celebrated an achievement of its own: The successful completion of its 55th club project in Florida in the past 25 years.
Reaching this accomplishment was a matter of tapping into a recurring market dynamic, said The Weitz Company Executive Vice President and General Manager Dennis Gallagher.
“Private golf club communities like Quail Ridge continually upgrade their facilities to stay current with hospitality trends and to attract new members,” Gallagher said. “Weitz identified this market niche early on, and we have been fortunate to win construction contracts from clubs throughout the state.”
The new, 66,000-square-foot, $16 million Quail Ridge clubhouse includes five dining rooms; an indoor-outdoor grille room; two outdoor dining patios; a commercial kitchen; a spacious lobby; a library; new locker rooms; a pro shop; and a champions sports hall for displaying historical club memorabilia. The club takes golf seriously: It has two Joe Lee-designed championship golf courses; Masters Champions Sam Snead and Claude Harmon were both members; and more than 100 current residents have golf handicaps in the single digits.
To ensure that the club’s golf and tennis amenities would stay in continuous operation throughout construction, Weitz and Quail Ridge conducted extensive preconstruction planning. Logistical decisions included rerouting a golf cart path twice and building the new golf cart storage facility early in the project. That provided a safe and separate construction area for the new clubhouse and allowed all golf activities to continue uninterrupted during construction.
During his formal remarks to the membership at the grand opening, new Quail Ridge President Gerry Leider called the finished clubhouse “more beautiful than anyone could have imagined.”
“I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the professionalism of this team,” Leider said, referring to The Weitz Company, Peacock + Lewis Architects, The Wantman Group and others.
Throughout 25 years of club construction in Florida, Weitz has attracted many repeat clients, including Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach; Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton; John’s Island Club in Vero Beach; and Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach. Weitz is currently building a $7 million fitness center addition for another repeat client, Gleneagles Country Club, in Delray Beach that is due to be completed in March 2018.