What would begin as an idea 3 years ago would eventually turn into reality on Monday, March 22 as proud members of the Marco Island Country Club Board of Directors, members of the club, staff members and city officials attended the official groundbreaking for the $13.5 million renovation and expansion of what some refer to as the crown jewel of the island.
Work has already begun on the renovation of what will be the newly dedicated Wellness Center dedicated for club members. That building previously served as the club’s Double Eagle Grille Room and served lunch for those that chose to partake of that casual fare with indoor and outdoor dining. That new Wellness Center will provide members with a free-standing 6,000 square state of the art
The locker rooms in the main building will also be slightly expanded and renovated for members. In addition the Grille Room which was previously located separately from the main club house will be moved into that facility and outdoor dining and a new outdoor bar will be provided on the ground level.
The main Club House dinning facilities will be completely remodeled with expanded indoor and outdoor dining available overlooking the 18 hole of the newly revamped 18-hole championship course.
The original Island Country Club was developed by the Mackle Brothers and was owned by Deltona Corporation. The club itself originally opened in 1966 and became infamous for the many golf outings which drew PGA favorites of that era, other sports legends, celebrities and entertainers. In 1981 Gene Sarazen became the honorary pro for the club and hosted many of those celebrity outings on the course.
In 1986 about 400 members of the club worked out the logistics to purchase the club from the Miami based Deltona Corporation.
A tragic fire would destroy the original club house in 1993 and a new club house was constructed and opened in 1995. An additional addition to the facilities was added in 2006.
When completed the new club house will add 12,546 square feet to the original 34,563 square foot structure. The new free-standing wellness center will be 5,850 square feet.
Newly elected Island Club President Scott Welliver would proudly welcome the invited guests, which included management and staff from GATES Construction who will be managing the project. Welliver would describe the completed project when completed as what will be the finest facility in all of Southwest Florida.
Marco Petretta, the Director of Construction and Operations for GATES Construction thanked the Club for the opportunity to be chosen to participate in the project and looked forward to exceeding the expectation of the committee and the membership of the Island Country Club.
Welliver himself is no stranger to projects such as this as he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Welliver Construction, a five-generation construction company headquartered in Elmira, N.Y. which is well known and respected in that industry.
The club will remain open during the construction with an anticipated completion date for the Wellness Center by the end of September and the total projected finalized by first week in December.