Inverrary Country Club closes permanently amid pandemic

The iconic Inverrary Country Club, forever linked in history with the late comedian Jackie Gleason, is closing permanently.

Victorville West Limited Partnership announced the country club and its two golf courses are  permanently closed for business amid a county order shutting down golf courses as non-essential businesses.

“It’s a very sad day for our Inverrary family, but the Broward County Administrator’s Order has caused the Inverrary golf courses and all related property operations to officially shut down, and because the golf courses do not have the economic ability to reopen, both courses have been permanently closed for business,” said Nick Fortunato, general manager of the Inverrary Country Club.

Jackie Gleason plays golf with President Gerald Ford at the Lago Mar Country Club, circa 1975 (Courtesy of Florida State Library and Archives)

The club was one of the top golfing destinations in the U.S for decades after it opened in 1970. Gleason moved to Inverrary from the Miami area and from 1972 to 1980, he hosted The Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic.

Tom Weiskopf, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller were some of the big names that were Inverrary Classic Champions.

The name switched to the Honda Inverrary Classic in 1982 and the Honda Classic, now played at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, is still one of the top tournaments in South Florida.

The two Inverrary courses lay across 292.5 acres, located at 3840 Inverrary Blvd. in t Lauderhill. The west and east courses were designed by legendary golf course architect  Robert Trent Jones Sr.

There was no immediate announcement of plans for the acreage, but there has been a wave of redevelopment of golf courses into residential projects in South Florida.

Pulte Homes, one of the nation’s largest residential developers, is currently developing townhomes and single-family homes on the former Oaktree Course in Oakland Park.

 

1 Comment
  • tom cenci
    Posted at 14:30h, 05 September Reply

    its sad to here i love it there playing winter time for the past 20 years thats the third course to close in as many years

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