DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Now under county control, the DeFuniaks Springs Country Club has generated around $45,000 since April 1.
County officials agree — things are off to a good start.
"The numbers are very good," said Shane Supple, manager of Walton County Public Works. "We are doing very well, better than we expected, in golf fees and memberships."
Supple added that more than 100 people have signed up since a new membership plan was introduced.
Monthly fees include:
Family memberships for $60 that cover spouses and children 23 or under living at home. Individual memberships for $50. Private cart owners for $120. County and school board employees receive a $10 discount for individual and family plans and $20 off memberships for private cart owners. Avid golfers can also purchase yearly, unlimited memberships for $2,500. Golfers 15 years old and under always golf for free.
Daily fees for non-members are $25 for 18 holes and $15 for nine with a cart included. Non-members who walk pay $15 for 18 holes and $10 for nine.
Cart fees for members run $12 per player for 18 holes and $6 for nine holes. Members who walk the course golf for free.
According to Louis Svehla, spokesman for the county, the club's pool is expected to be up and running by June 14. He added that a new golf course superintendent was also hired — Brian Howell — who brings more than a decade of experience working at The Club at Hidden Creek in Navarre to the table.
Other alterations made to the club by the county include renovations to the clubhouse, the removal of around 50 trees and the addition of new equipment.
Supple said that the county's request for proposals for interested businesses to rent out the club house expired without any formal proposals being collected. However, he said that a group has expressed interest in the clubhouse and visited the location a few times since the RFP ended. More information will be released when available.
Future projects include adding tennis and basketball courts, new greens, a walking trail and fishing pier, Svehla said. Completion dates will depend on funding.
Supple added that once a restaurant takes over the clubhouse, guests will no longer be allowed to bring their own booze.