The Wellington, Fla. club will also serve as the new home for the Kevin Perkins Golf Academy and the Northwood University golf team. A residential project that had been on hold is also expected to be revived.
Binks Forest Golf Club, a semi-private course in Wellington, Fla., has announced a new ownership structure, plans for golf course improvements, and new programs for the general public and members.
“Tom Weber and I recently recapitalized the course to buy out our institutional partner and replace them with new local equity” said Jordan Paul, a Wellington resident and a Managing Member of Binks Exchange Co. LLC, the owner of Binks Forest Golf Club.
“Dung Lam has joined our partnership,” Paul added. “Dung has served in senior financial roles for Disney Corporation, the Washington Redskins and major South Florida homebuilders. His combination of financial expertise and consumer entertainment experience adds valuable experience to us as we continue to work to improve the experience for our golfers and hopefully proceed in the near future with our residential development plans.”
With the return to local ownership, Binks has announced plans for golf course improvements, including fertilizing, aerating and resodding fairways and greens to restore championship conditions to its 7,200- yard course, which was originally designed by Johnny Miller and Gene Bates and renovated in 2007.
The ownership group also announced that new alliances and programs have been developed to allow Binks Forest Golf Club to better serve the community.
“We are very pleased to announce that the Kevin Perkins Golf Academy has chosen Binks Forest Golf Club as its new home,” said Greg Schroeder, the club’s General Manager. “Kevin Perkins is the leading youth golf instructor in Palm Beach County, and his decision to bring his Golf Academy to Binks gives us world class instruction that will enable us to better serve the community.
“We are working closely with local schools to provide after-school programs and camps for youth,” Schroeder added, “We are also pleased to announce that we are serving as the home course for the Northwood University golf team. Northwood has one of the leading college golf programs in the NAIA division, and we are proud to serve as their home.”
The Binks Forest Gym is also very active with personal training provided by Sal Manzo, one of the top trainers in western Palm Beach County. Manzo has worked with all age groups from teens to seniors for over 20 years providing well-balanced fitness training and nutrition programs.
“All members can take advantage of Sal’s services, whether they are full golf members or simply social members who get to enjoy our clubhouse, fitness facility and pool at very reasonable rates” said Schroeder.
Binks Forest will also continue to serve as one of Palm Beach County’s premier venues for banquets, meetings and social events, through a newly renovated, 30,000-sq. ft. clubhouse that includes an elegantly decorated grand ballroom and various banquet and meeting rooms that can accommodate groups from 10 to 500.
“We expect to host 250-plus events over the next 12 months” said Whitney Buchanan, Binks Forest’s Director of Catering. “Our social calendar includes weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, charity events, corporate meetings and of course, golf tournaments.”
The principals of Binks Forest also reported that their highly anticipated residential project could commence in the coming months. While Binks Forest has been approved for over 90 new homes, after the downturn in the housing market, the project was put on hold. While no immediate timeframe has been set for project commencement, the housing market has improved significantly and the Binks Forest team is closely monitoring conditions and believes that the project may soon be revived.
“As the housing market continues to improve and the demand for new homes increases, we believe that the interest in living on a world-class golf course with its wide range of programs and services will increase as well,” said Tom Weber, an investor with Jordan Paul for over ten years. “There is limited land approved for new development within the heart of Wellington, and similar sized projects throughout Palm Beach County are selling very well.”
Binks Forest GC was featured in the December 2007 issue of C&RB, when it was under the management of KemperSports (“Binks Forest GC Bounces Back from the Brink”).research