Best known for its challenging golf course, Marsh Landing’s club amenities also include a tennis club, fitness center, swimming pool, outdoor event pavilion and clubhouse with dining facilities. The club is located in the heart of the Marsh Landing at Sawgrass neighborhood. While this is a community club, residents of Marsh Landing are not required to join the club, nor do you have to live inside the gates to qualify for membership. Currently, about 45% of the homeowners in Marsh Landing are also club members.
We recently met with Chet Stokes, general manager of the Marsh Landing Country Club, and Tyler Vander Meulen, the membership sales director. Chet and Tyler discussed the current state of the club and the exciting plans they have for the club’s future.
Chet took over management of Marsh Landing Country Club about a year and a half ago and his enthusiasm for the club is contagious. He’s particularly excited about plans for the new outdoor dining deck on the rear of the clubhouse. Construction for this million-dollar project is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2021 and the anticipated completion date is spring 2022. This extension of the clubhouse will be in harmony with the current dining room and will offer 7,000 square feet of outdoor dining, an outdoor bar, covered and uncovered seating areas. The deck will offer stunning views of the marsh and golf course — and should be a great place to watch the sunset.
Another exciting project is a planned full golf course renovation. The Marsh Landing Country Club golf course was originally designed by Ed Seay of Arnold Palmer Golf Course Design and is considered to be one of the most challenging courses in Northeast Florida. Plans are underway to completely renovate the course, while keeping the natural feel it’s always been known for. These plans include a complete overhaul of the drainage and irrigation system, along with some aesthetic upgrades. The course will likely be closed for the better part of a year. Chet is working with neighboring golf courses to offer reciprocal access for Marsh Landing golfers during the renovation to have a place to continue to play.
According to Chet, the planned new deck addition and golf course renovations will be funded in-house and will not require an assessment of current members.
Tyler, who started at the club in February 2021, described how Marsh Landing Country Club is working to attract new members. Those efforts seem to be paying off! In the last 7 months, the club has added over 100 new families and over half of those fall under the junior membership category. Tyler discussed the club’s focus of maintaining the integrity of the membership (i.e., tee time availability, dinner reservations, etc.), while continuously attracting new families to the club. He anticipates having to cap the membership at some point in the near future.