Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus To Redesign Via Mizner Golf & City Club


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Boca’s newest private club will have its golf course redesigned by golf icon Jack Nicklaus.
The club is part of plans that include adding a Mandarin Oriental Hotel to downtown Boca. The club is being developed in connection with Via Mizner, which is being built by Penn-Florida Companies.
“We have done multiple projects with Penn-Florida in the past, and are particularly excited to be a part of the new Via Mizner in concert with Mandarin Oriental,” Jack Nicklaus said in a
statement. “My team and I have visited the site several times and our group has been actively working on plans for the golf course. We have been tasked with delivering a spectacular golf course consistent with the world-class character of Via Mizner, and that is exactly what we intend to do.”
Nicklaus and his firm, Nicklaus Design, have already started pre-construction activities including site analysis, landscaping and preliminary routing plans. Construction is scheduled to commence in the second quarter of this year, with an anticipated completion in the fall.
“Our vision was to create an urban resort that offers a full-service luxury lifestyle including championship golf,” said Mark A. Gensheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Penn-Florida. “Once Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group selected Via Mizner to be the home of its newest hotel, and one of only nine Mandarin Oriental Residences in the world, it was only natural that Mr. Nicklaus was selected to design the golf course. He is simply the best.”
The City Club will be located inside the new Mandarin Oriental, featuring a members-only clubroom and lounge with private dining rooms and an interactive kitchen, wine-tasting areas, and a kids club.
Membership affords preferred access to all of the hotel amenities, including its two resort-style rooftop pools, holistic spa and athletic club. A dedicated concierge staff is available to assist and access to these amenities and services are limited to club members, Mandarin Oriental residents and hotel guests.
Membership privileges include access to a second venue, The Golf Club, located just five minutes west of Via Mizner. In addition to the golf course, plans include practice and teaching facilities, clubhouse, fitness center, Har-Tru tennis courts, a resort-style pool, a children’s playground, modern locker rooms and indoor and outdoor dining venues.
“Via Mizner Golf & City Club represents the next generation of private clubs,” Gensheimer said. “This club is all about interesting people, fun and service.”