Developers’ plans for closed golf course in Ormond riles up residents

ORMOND BEACH — A local investor group has purchased the former Tomoka Oaks Golf & Country Club with plans to redevelop it as a new home community. They paid $2.6 million, according to Volusia County property records.

But some residents are hoping for a mulligan that can result in reopening the 57-year-old semi-private golf course which shut down a few years ago.

“Tomoka Oaks has the best drainage of any course around,” said John T. Anthony, a longtime Tomoka Oaks resident whose home sits off the seventh tee. “It’s 25 feet above sea level and is one of the highest points in the county. If we’re going to save any golf course in the area, it should be this one.”

Anthony is one of a number of residents who recently began displaying signs in their front yard with the message “Preserve Tomoka Oaks Golf Course.”

“We have a lot of residents that are very concerned about the future development of this nearly 60-year-old golf course,” said Jim Rose, a longtime resident who chairs the golf course committee for the community’s voluntary home owners association.

Jim Rose, chairman of the golf course committee for the voluntary Tomoka Oaks Home Owners Association, holds one of the "Preserve Tomoka Oaks Golf Course"  signs that are all over the Tomoka Oaks community in Ormond Beach, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Residents are concerned about plans by the new owners of the closed golf course to turn it into a new home community.

The community is just off of North Nova Road, about a mile north of The Trails Shopping Center, in Ormond Beach. It is bordered on the east by Nova, on the west by the Tomoka River, on the north by the Florida East Coast Railroad line, and on the south by The Trails residential subdivision.

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Opened in 1964 as a Sam Snead course

The 18-hole Tomoka Oaks Golf & Country Club opened in 1964 as a Sam Snead Signature course. Snead was a legendary PGA golfer whose career spanned five decades until his retirement in 1987.

The defunct Tomoka Oaks golf course includes a two-story clubhouse that used to have a restaurant, bar, golf pro shop and banquet facilities. It also had tennis courts and a community swimming pool. All are no longer in use.