SPECIAL REPORT BY Space Coast Daily’s Guest Golf Correspondent Roger Malone
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Space Coast Daily’s Guest Golf Correspondent Roger Malone provides a Savannah’s Golf Club update and an assessment of Merritt Island’s Savannahs Golf Club about a year after the residents have taken over management.
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Space Coast Daily’s Guest Golf Correspondent Roger Malone provided a Savannah’s Golf Club update and an assessment of Merritt Island’s Savannahs Golf Club about a year after the residents have taken over management.
The Savannah’s Golf Club on Merritt Island is getting positive reviews from golfers after the Brevard County Commission voted to approve transferring The Savannahs Golf Course to The Savannahs at Sykes Creek Homeowners Association in March 2018.
Brevard County had previously turned over the management of the course to a private for-profit golf course management firm, who then gave the course back to the county, unable to turn a profit.
The Savannahs had deed restrictions under which the course could not be sold by the county, and would revert back to a homeowners’ association if the county abandoned it.
The website of the Savannahs golf course describes the Brevard County-owned 18-hole, par-72 courses as being minutes away from Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach attractions and Orlando Airport.
“Listed by Golf Digest in Places to Play, this course is a great value and rewarding to a game well played. The epitome of southern style golf courses and situated in a natural Florida savannah—this course is aptly named.”
Under the new agreement, The Savannahs Golf Course will revert to The Savannahs at Sykes Creek Homeowners Association, in conjunction with a community development district that would lease the golf course from the association, for a term of at least 25 years.
This deal called for Brevard County to provide $700,000 to the community development district to pay for deferred maintenance and back a $1.2 million line of credit earmarked for golf course operations and capital improvements with a fixed interest rate of 2.75 percent.
In return, The Savannahs at Sykes Creek Homeowners Association cannot sell the property for at least 10 years or until funds used from the line of credit is paid in full.
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