PORT ST. LUCIE, FL: Kolter Homes, a Builder Magazine “Top 100 Builder” based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, hired golf course architect Chris Wilczynski of C.W. Golf Architecture in April 2021 to design and oversee the completion of an 18-hole golf course within a new private residential community in southeast Florida. The community, Astor Creek Country Club, is the first golf course community that Kolter Homes has developed from the ground up and scheduled to open in 2023.
The developer selected Wilczynski based on his successful track record of designing several new golf courses within private residential communities throughout Florida and the US. Wilczynski will oversee the construction of the course starting in January 2022, until completion.
“We’re eager to see the many facets of this project come to life after several months in the making,” said Keith Berg, Senior Vice President of Land Development at Kolter Homes. “I’m proud of our dedicated team that is working diligently to bring an exceptional lifestyle community to the heart of Florida’s Treasure Coast – one that residents and golfers of all ages will enjoy for years to come.”
The project marks the 4th brand new 18-hole golf course within a lifestyle residential community that Wilczynski has designed, since starting his own firm in 2010 – and the 7th time partnering with golf course contractor Ryan Golf. Other key partners include land planner Atwell Group (formerly Waldrop Engineering), Thomas Engineering Group, landscape architect Cotleur & Hearing, irrigation consultant Tony Altum of A.S. Altum & Associates and golf management company Hampton Golf.
“We’re essentially striving to create a golfer’s utopia from a dead-flat piece of property that was once a citrus farm,” said Wilczynski. “We’ll be moving nearly 850,000 cubic yards of soil excavated from lakes to create the dimension and character of the course then layer in a variety of Florida vegetation – primarily oaks, palms, pines and native grasses to accentuate its lines, give it texture, and color. It’s like the evolution of a painting,” he said.
The Astor Creek course plan evolved from multiple iterations that were developed, and Kolter opted for an 18-hole design that provides ample space for wider corridors to enhance playability, home views and property values. Every home will enjoy a view of the golf course or water feature, and Astor Creek residents will appreciate having access to the 15-acre state-of-the art grass driving range, a 3-acre short game complex with multiple greens and bunkers and a 15,000-sf practice putting green.
“Our vision is for golfers to enjoy a blend of tranquility and ease of playability,” Wilczynski added. “We’re designing a course for today’s golfer – one who loves beauty and a challenge and wants to have fun.”
About Kolter Homes
Kolter Homes brings nearly three decades of experience in homebuilding to its master-planned communities throughout Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas that serve both active adult and primary home buyers. Kolter Homes communities have earned numerous regional and national awards, and the Kolter Homes team has welcomed over 10,000 neighbors to their new homes. www.kolterhomes.com
Kolter Homes is an affiliate of The Kolter Group LLC, a diversified real estate development and investment firm that has invested in projects with expected value in-excess of $15 billion. Headquartered in Palm Beach County, The Kolter Group LLC with its affiliated entities is currently developing in over 50 locations throughout the southeastern United States. www.thekoltergroup.com
About C.W. Golf Architecture
C.W. Golf Architecture, located in Saline, Michigan, was formed in 2010 by Chris Wilczynski, an active member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. The boutique firm specializes in a wide range of services including the master planning and renovation of existing private and public golf courses and the design and development of new golf courses and practice facilities. C.W. Golf Architecture is dedicated to creating unique and sustainable design solutions that captivate golfers, enhance playability, and provide enjoyment and social benefits to communities throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.cwgolfarch.com or contact Chris Wilczynski at (734) 395-7941.