The proposal for an 18-hole golf course, being developed by NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, is under review by the county. Jordan has picked a 226-acre site in Hobe Sound, east of Interstate 95 and north of Bridge Road. LIDIA DINKOVA/TCPALM.COM
HOBE SOUND — Michael Jordan’s golf course is nearing completion, although an opening date has yet to be announced.
Developers have about $470,000 worth of work left to be completed — mainly for concrete, landscaping and finishing the clubhouse — at Grove Golf Club, according to records filed with the county’s Growth Management Department.
The Martin County Commission approved a temporary certificate of occupancy this week, and when work is complete, developers can come back to the commission for its permits to officially open.
“It is a world-class facility that has been built down there,” Commissioner Doug Smith said. “If you haven’t seen it, it is really something special.”
The 226-acre golf course on Bridge Road, east of Interstate 95, is expected to comprise 18 holes, a driving range, a 9,800-square-foot clubhouse and maintenance facilities, according to the developer’s application filed with the county.
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The Grove Golf Club in Hobe Sound as seen from GIS mapping by the Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office, which was taken between December 2018 and January 2019. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED IMAGE FROM MARTIN COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER’S OFFICE)
Last month, the commission also agreed to allow the developers to add golf cottages, despite some pushback from Commissioner Sarah Heard over concerns about water and sewer infrastructure.
Commissioners first approved the project in November 2017 and signed off on a revised final site plan a year ago.
The lead developer on the project, Rick Melchiori, general manager of Becker Holding Corp., the Vero Beach development group, has kept quiet on publicly announcing plans. The gated course, just north of the Hobe Sound Polo Club, is not accessible to the public.
The club, while under construction, is valued at nearly $2.5 million by the Property Appraiser’s Office.
TCPalm was first to report about the course in 2016, when sources close to the project said they expected it to cost $15 million to $20 million with the participation of about 25 partners.
Jordan, the 56-year-old retired Chicago Bulls superstar and owner of the National Basketball Association’s Charlotte Hornets, has been a familiar face in the golf scene on the Treasure Coast and in northern Palm Beach County. He has been a member at the Medalist and at two other high-end private clubs, The Floridian in Palm City and The Bear’s Club in Jupiter.
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