West Palm, PGA of America map out timeline, cost for new golf course

West Palm Beach Municipal Golf Course closed in 2018 but the city is negotiating with PGA of America to reopen it as a nonprofit.

WEST PALM BEACH — Plans for a new municipal golf course advanced another round with the city and a nonprofit foundation agreeing to negotiate a lease in the next year contingent upon millions of dollars being raised to redevelop the site of the closed course.

The nonprofit foundation, the West Palm Community Trust, was created by the South Florida Professional Golf Association. It has until Nov. 30, 2021 to show it has secured financing under terms of an agreement reached with the city. Its goal is to raise $25 million to $30 million, Seth Waugh, PGA of America CEO, told the city commission on Monday.

“We think that will build everything we need to build, as well as create a bit of an endowment to protect against a rainy day,” Waugh said. “We are very confident in our ability to do this. We have money in the bank already. We’ve had a number of conversations with prominent people, not only locally, but nationally, all of whom have had a great reaction to our dream.”

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