TPC EAGLE TRACE …… A CLUBLINK ACQUISITION

TPC EAGLE TRACE …… A CLUBLINK ACQUISITION

By Brian Weidenbacher

With the acquisition of TPC Eagle Trace, ClubLink has definitely set itself apart as the premier golf organization in South Florida.  With Eagle Trace in the fold, ClubLink now has a total of twelve 18-hole championship courses, and two 18-hole equivalent academy courses in the state of Florida.

In the Fort Lauderdale area, in addition to TPC Eagle Trace, ClubLink owns the 54-hole Palm Aire Country Club, the 36-hole Woodlands Country Club and Heron Bay.  ClubLink now owns or operates 53.5 18-hole championship, and six 18-hole equivalent academy courses in Florida, Ontario, and Quebec.  “The acquisition of this prestigious golf club demonstrates our commitment to providing our more than 20,000 members, the opportunity to truly experience our One Membership, More Golf theme”, said ClubLink President and CEO Rai Sahi.  “Since our founding in 1993, that has been our unique business model and one that continues to be very successful”, added Sahi.

Opened in 1983 as the first member-based club in the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Club network, TPC Eagle Trace is a great, challenging golf course, designed by the renowned architect Arthur Hills.  It became only the second TPC in existence, following the establishment of TPC Sawgrass, home of the Players Championship.  Home of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic for nine years, Eagle Trace is the centerpiece of a luxury gated community of approximately 900 homes.  Members in the “ClubLink family” will now have an even wider array of courses to choose from in South Florida, all within 30 minutes of each other in North Broward County.  ClubLink Members will now be afforded the luxury to play one of the finest courses available in the network.

ClubLink Members and guests will find six sets of tees that will certainly challenge their games.  From the Championship Tees, the course plays to more than 7,000 yards, while the most forward tees measure a little over 5,100 yards.  “TPC Eagle Trace is truly one of the best tests of golf I have ever played”, said Derek Fox, Head Golf Professional and Interim General Manager.  ‘We have Members who have played here for 30 years and never get tired of the challenge”, Fox added.  The layout has some unique characteristics for a Florida golf course, including an island green, and three greens surrounded by wooden bulkheads.  Not one palm tree can be found on the property, which is a rarity in South Florida.

“All four of the Par 3’s require precise tee shots as water and bunkers protect each green”.  The 13th hole is our signature Par 4, demanding a well-struck tee shot to find the fairway.  Out of bounds and water protect both boundaries of the hole.  The Par 4 18th is perhaps the best finishing hole in Broward Country, as it can be stretched to 470 yards”, said Fox.

Fox also made it a point to explain that while the PGA Tour is not part of the yearly schedule at Eagle Trace, “the golf course has stood the test of time as it currently plays host to the Champions Tour Q-School Final Stage every other year”.

Located east of the Sawgrass expressway in Western Broward County, Eagle Trace is easily accessible from Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties.   Whether a novice, or tour-caliber player, Eagle Trace is a golf course that offers every player a golf experience that will not soon be forgotten.   ClubLink’s unique membership program has many different opportunities and price ranges to fit everyone’s budget.  ClubLink ….. “One Membership, More Golf”.

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