Plantation Palms joins the Ace Golf family that includes the Crescent Oaks Golf Club in Land O’Lakes, Pebble Creek Golf Club in New Tampa and Ace Golf Ranges in Brandon and Riverview.
For the first time since it was founded in 1990, Plantation Palms is now open to public play as a semi-private club, and will still maintain an exclusive membership at what is considered one of the finest golf clubs in the Tampa Bay area.
Plantation Palms is best known for its brand new Platinum Paspallum greens, naturally rolling terrain with abundant wildlife and intricate layout set amongst million dollar homes in the upscale Plantation Palms community.
The Steve Smyers-designed par-71 golf course is one of several high-end courses that he designed in the area, including Old Memorial in Tampa, Grand Pines and Isleworth in Orlando, and Southern Dunes in Haines City. Plantation Palms also has a complete practice facility including driving range, practice putting green and short game area.
Ace Golf is family-owned by married couple Bill Place and Su Lee. Place started Ace Golf 18 years ago as Tampa-area Golf Practice Range facilities that included miniature golf, batting cages, and golf pro shops.
In 2005, Ace Golf purchased the Pebble Creek Golf Club, renovated it extensively, returned the club to profitability and nearly doubled the number of members and rounds played there. In addition to Pebble Creek, Ace Golf has Golf Practice Ranges in Brandon and Riverview.
A number of private golf clubs like Plantation Palms and neighboring Crescent Oaks Golf Club have faced difficulties as membership declined with the economy. The high fixed costs associated with maintaining exclusive golf clubs becomes spread amongst fewer members, leading to higher dues and financial losses. At many clubs, particularly those that are not member-owned, this often leads to declining conditions as maintenance and other costs are cut to keep up with lower revenues.