The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe Goes Private

The Golden Bear Club recently announced it has changed its golf structure from semiprivate to private. The decision affects the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course within the master-planned residential community of Keene’s Pointe in Windermere, Fla.

With full golf memberships priced at $27,000, resident and non-resident memberships range from $8,000 for a two-year term to $60,000 for corporate programs. The shift adds value to members’ privileges and residents’ properties. Orlando-area residents may play the course and dine at the restaurant as guests of members or in a limited number of outings.

Privatization was spurred by surveys and focus groups and is supported by enhanced levels of service and member benefits. Planned additions include a full-time member-services director; construction of a new, state-of-the art, 2,250-square-foot fitness center; new locker rooms; expansion of the members’ lounge; and an expanded schedule of golf and social events for families and all ages.

“The Golden Bear Club going private is exciting because golfers who still want to play here will become members and purchase homes,” says Evans Mulligan, general manager of The Golden Bear Club. “Also, because the course is special and being private makes the club even more ‘happening,’ members of other clubs who were hesitant due to public play will now join here.”

The 18-hole, par-72, 7,173-yard golf course features lakes, oaks and nice vistas. The layout, suitable for high-handicappers and scratch players, is augmented by an extensive practice facility. Skip Kendall, David Peoples and Brian Gay are among a half-dozen PGA Tour players who live and practice at The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe.

Golf programs include private and group instruction for juniors, seniors and women. The club also features men’s and women’s golf associations. In addition to golf, Keene’s Pointe boasts swimming and tennis facilities, as well as a 24,000-square-foot clubhouse with indoor/outdoor dining, banquet facilities and corporate meeting rooms.

Keene’s Pointe was awarded “Outstanding Community” in the 2003 Annual Parade of Homes. Open since 1999, the gated, lakefront community has roughly 500 residents and 75 homes under construction. More than two-thirds of the 1,000 lots have been sold. Nestled around the golf course are 14 villages within Keene’s Pointe, located less than 30 minutes from downtown Orlando

The Golden Bear Club and the Keene’s Pointe community are owned and operated by Castle & Cooke, Inc. which, along with its affiliated companies, has operations in over 24 states. The company’s real estate developments include master planned communities such as Mililani Town on the island of Oahu, Hi., Lake Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Seven Oaks in Bakersfield, Calif. The company also owns two of the world’s highest-rated resorts on the island of Lanai in Hi.

For more information about The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe, call 407/876-5775.