Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sun City Center sees golf decline

SUN CITY CENTER — With golf course membership flagging and course operators in bankruptcy, two local task forces have been studying ways to shore up one of Sun City Center's biggest attractions.

The first Golf Course Task Force was formed by the community association after WCI Communities Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall.

The task force sent out proposal requests to 16 consultants to see how much they would charge to study the value and maintenance costs of the North Lakes, Sandpiper and possibly the Caloosa Greens executive courses.

The task force reported back to the board in January, and the board is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to hire the recommended consultant, said Ed Barnes.

Barnes, the association's new president and head of both task forces, said the community association wants to be prepared in case WCI suddenly needs to sell off the golf courses.

WCI, which built much of Sun City Center and runs its golf courses, reassured residents it would maintain its seven golf courses during its financial reorganization.

The association board became involved because it holds the right of first refusal on two of the courses if WCI puts them on the market, which it hasn't.

The second task force is charged with finding ways to increase membership and use of the golf courses, Barnes said.

"The aging population plays less than before," Barnes said. Younger residents moving in recently aren't as interested and enjoy many other hobbies, he added.

"Golfing has pretty much gone down in Sun City Center quite a bit in the last 15 years," he said.

The task force is exploring ways to increase use among current members and ways to find new members, including those living outside of Sun City Center in nearby communities such as Valencia Lakes.

The second task force is expected to complete its report by March 31, he said.

Every resident of Sun City Center has a stake in the fate of the golf courses, he said. The golf courses define the community and play a role in property values.

"If there were some reason for these courses to go away because they weren't viable or making money, we'd see that as having a significant effect on the community as a whole," Barnes said. "This is a community effort to keep those courses viable."

Saundra Amrhein can be reached at or 661-2441.

Sun City Center sees golf decline 02/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 5, 2009 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Mueller casts broad net in requesting extensive records from Trump White House


    WASHINGTON — The special counsel investigating Russian election meddling has requested extensive records and email correspondence from the White House, covering the president's private discussions about firing his FBI director and his response to news that the then-national security adviser was under …

    In a photograph provided by the Russian foreign ministry, President Donald Trump meets with Sergei Lavrov, left, the Russian foreign minister, and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, May 10, 2017. Special counsel Robert Mueller is interested in this meeting, where Trump said dismissing FBI Director James Comey had relieved "great pressure" on him, the New York Times reported on Sept. 20. [Russian Foreign Ministry via  New York Times]
  2. 'We will find our island destroyed': Hurricane Maria demolishes Puerto Rico


    SAN JUAN — Sleepless Puerto Ricans awoke Wednesday knowing to expect a thrashing from the most ferocious storm to strike the island in at least 85 years. They met nightfall confronting the ruin Hurricane Maria left behind: engorged rivers, blown-out windows, sheared roofs, toppled trees and an obliterated electric …

    Rescue vehicles from the Emergency Management Agency stand trapped under an awning during the impact of Hurricane Maria, after the storm  hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Maria has lost its major hurricane status, after raking Puerto Rico. But forecasters say some strengthening is in the forecast and Maria could again become a major hurricane by Thursday. [Carlos Giusti | Associated Press]
  3. Obamacare repeal bill offers flexibility and uncertainty


    The latest Republican proposal to undo the Affordable Care Act would grant states much greater flexibility and all but guarantee much greater uncertainty for tens of millions of people.

  4. Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire 'private briefings' on 2016 campaign, report says


    Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reports.

    Paul Manafort, then Donald Trump's campaign chairman, talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. [Associated Press]
  5. Tampa girl, 4, dies of gunshot reaching for candy


    TAMPA — One day last week, 4-year-old Yanelly Zoller reached into her grandmother's purse looking for candy, her father says.

    Yanelly Zoller, also known as Nelly, snuggles with her grandfather’s dog, Venus. “She loved to help daddy work on the car,” her father, Shane Zoller, 22, said.