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Escalante Golf Unveils New Master-plan for Florida's Black Diamond Development
By Scott Kauffman | November 1, 2012 10:45 AM ET
Escalante Golf, owner-operator of the exclusive Black Diamond golf club, recently unveiled a new multi-million dollar master-plan for the iconic golf course development. Located about 75 miles north of Tampa, Black Diamond is highlighted by the famed Tom Fazio-designed Quarry Course.
In concert with Black Diamond's 25th anniversary, the master-plan features a major clubhouse redesign; numerous golf course enhancements including bunker renovations, course lengthening and amenity upgrades; and new residential products and memberships.
"Our goal is to build on Black Diamond's world-class reputation to ensure the club's long-term sustainability and exclusivity," says David McDonald, president of Escalante Golf. "The comprehensive master-plan demonstrates a continuing commitment to our existing members, and is a point of pride and emphasis in attracting new members and residents who share our vision and values."
Phase one begins this month with extensive clubhouse renovations. The new interior design was crafted by nationally recognized, Club Design Associates and features upgrades to the dining facilities, boardrooms, outdoor patios, flooring, furniture and mechanical systems. The second phase will focus on the golf shop, retail environment and locker rooms.
To further elevate the Black Diamond experience, golf course architect David Whelchel will work closely with Escalante and Black Diamond to identify opportunities to lengthen and modernize the golf courses.
Meanwhile, in another sign of a rebounding Florida real estate market, Black Diamond Real Estate was beginning construction on the community's first "show" home called The Augusta. Overlooking the fourth hole on the Highlands Course, the architecturally appealing and energy efficient home marks a new era of home building inside the private gates.
Black Diamond's new 2,800-square-foot model home features two master suites, a guest bedroom, three baths, study, extended lanai, family organization area, and several flex options. According to Black Diamond officials, delivery of the Augusta show home is scheduled on or around December 15 in time for the 2013 season.
Also in the works at are Golf Cottage designs starting at 1,900 square feet, and Village Homes starting at 2,200 square feet. Construction of these models is scheduled for late fall. Three best in class builders are also available for design and construction of custom homes on available lots.
A boutique golf course owner/operator based in Fort Worth, Tex., Escalante purchased Black Diamond from original owner Stan Olsen in March 2011. Featuring three Tom Fazio-designed courses - The Quarry, The Ranch and The Highlands - Black Diamond has established itself as Florida's No. 1 residential golf community since 1987.
Established in 1991, Escalante Golf is a boutique owner and operator of luxury golf properties nationwide, including California, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and New Mexico.