Majestic Golf Course Begins
The Ohio-based Majestic Golf Clubs managing member Jere Carrick decided to halt facility sales activity last year when he noticed a surge in new business locating in the Lehigh Acres area as well as ratcheted-up county infrastructure projects coming on line. Instead of seeking to sell the 165-acres site, a decision was made to upgrade the 18-hole golf course at the club.
Carrick said there are 115 acres of golf course needing constant maintenance around-the-clock, year round.
“The economic future for Lehigh will happen sooner than we thought,” Carrick said. “As the population is moving ahead, we’ve felt a little pickup.”
Carrick said the club has launched a three-year capital improvement program that will include an investment of a half-million dollars to re-do the tees and greens as well as completing several general maintenance upgrades. An additional four employees have been added to the staff with an eye toward an improving economy and a local population seeking the amenities Majestic can offer.
Making an attractive and appealing golf course face-lift has included taking on a local turf consultant, Glenn Zakany, as a new partner. Zakany owns his own turf products company that he started in the late ‘90s called “G to Z Turf.” He is also a partner in a company called Southeast Turf Partners, Inc.
Carrick said part of the decision to invest instead of selling was due to Lee County Commissioners making a decision to invest in Lehigh Acres. Several capital improvement programs have been approved for the Homestead Road area of Lehigh Acres, considered to be the “downtown” area. Additionally, Carrick said, government investment will also lead to private investment with more businesses moving into the area and existing businesses making modern upgrades to their facilities as well.
Golf course improvements are welcomed by local duffers who have been loyal to the Majestic since it took over the property 12 years ago, according to Carrick. He said the grass is new and this one aspect has helped improve many a game. The first phase for upgrading began in May with greens replacement – an activity not done in the past 30 years. Phase two is scheduled to be initiated next year in May with the front-nine being upgraded. Other projects are in the works to be announced at a later date, Carrick said.