History of Gateway Golf & Country Club
In 1987, construction began on the Tom Fazio, 18 hole, par 72 Golf Course.
And in 1988 Westinghouse Communities began construction of Gateway Golf and Country Club as the centerpiece to the Gateway Development. To ensure the highest quality experience, world-renowned architect Tom Fazio was contracted to design the golf course. The facility officially opened on January 1, 1989.
Mark Lye was hired as the Club’s PGA Tour representative and the facility quickly became popular among golfers for the design and conditions. Gateway has been ranked by Golfweek Magazine as one of Florida’s top 50 courses. American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) selected Gateway to host two nationally recognized events. The Ben Hogan Tour (now Nationwide Tour) selected Gateway to host two tournaments, and Gateway was host to the Golf and Music Festival that attracted many top players and celebrities including; Jimmy Buffet, Glen Frey, Greg Norman, and Payne Stewart.
The course record at Gateway was set by PGA Tour Player Stephen Ames. His 64 was shot during the 1991 Ben Hogan Tournament. Our own Head Golf Professional John Wade has since tied that record of 64 from the same tees!
On January 1, 2002, the ownership of Gateway Golf and Country Club transferred from the developer to the Members. In preparation for the turnover, several improvements were made by the developer including re-grassing the greens. After the turnover the Membership supplemented those efforts and invested in having the Clubhouse improved, the bunkers rebuilt, and the tees rebuilt.
Since its inception, Gateway has cultivated a culture of active recreation. Games and events are structured for social engagement and participation. The activity creates a vibrant lifestyle of friends and fun.
THE GATEWAY GRIFFIN
The symbol of Gateway and the Logo for our Country Club is the Griffin, a creature from Greek Mythology with the wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, which serves as a proud greeter of members and guests.