The Grand Club is a new entity in Palm Coast, formed late in 2003 when The Landmar Group and Hampton Golf purchased three courses (Matanzas Woods, Pine Lakes, and Cypress Knoll) from Ocean Hammock Resorts (Lowe) in Palm Coast, FL. The Grand Club is currently semi-private. When renovations are completed at all three courses and clubhouses (no current estimate)/ the courses will become private. The Matanzas Course was closed in late 2007 for renovation. Because of the poor economic conditions in the real estate development business, the project is on hold indefinitely.
Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, Matanzas Woods has been described as a "beautiful monster" and was once named one of Golf Digest's "Best New Resort Courses". This course features a fair amount of water on the course with the Jefferson Davis Waterway cutting through the course, running parallel to some fairways on the back nine. Lake Success is located between holes 14 and 15. The fairways on the course vary in width with some providing ample landing areas while others are narrow. The fairways generally have grass mounds along the sides, or the waterway, with some being tree lined. The greens are average-sized and are sloped and undulating. Most greens are well protected by deep sand bunkers. Fairway bunkers are also common. Holes 8 and 10 share a double green. Many holes on this course present interesting designs and/or challenges. Two examples on the front nine are #3, a par 3, with a tee shot over water to the green and #4, a long par 5, with water along the left side and an approach shot over water to the green. An interesting hole on the back is #13, a par 3, with part of the green, on the left, protruding out into the waterway. The two par 5’s on the back, #14 and #18 are also particularly nice holes. #14 has a very narrow landing area off the tee with a second shot over water. #18 is the signature hole and features a demanding approach shot to a small “island” green.
Grand Club renovation schedule:
- Cypress Course renovation - completed fall '05
- Cypress clubhouse completed summer '07
- Pine course renovation - Completed in December '06
- Pine course clubhouse renovation - Reopened in January '07
- Matanzas course closed in 2007. Indefinite hold