Officially opened on January 1, 1989, The Club at Gateway was envisioned as the centerpiece to the new Westinghouse Gateway Development. To ensure the highest quality experience, world-renowned architect Tom Fazio was commissioned to design the golf course. Subsequently in 2002, the ownership of The Club at Gateway transferred from the developer to the Members. In 2014, we celebrate the Club's 25th Anniversary.
In its inaugural season, the course debuted on the Golf Digest list of Top 100 Courses. This recognition earned Gateway the privilege of hosting the 1990 Ben Hogan Tour Gateway Open, won by Ted Tryba, and the 1991 Ben Hogan Tour Gateway Open, won by Gary McCord—his only professional victory until he became a winner on the Champions Tour in 1999. February 2014 marked the 25th edition of the Gateway Senior Invitational, a prestigious GolfWeek sanctioned senior amateur event featuring the top-ranked senior and super-senior amateurs in the country. The event began in 1990 as the "Single Digit Senior Invitational," and was later renamed the "Westinghouse Senior Championship." The 2009 edition hosted amateurs from 26 states. The Club has also hosts numerous USGA qualifiers and PGA chapter and section events, including the 2008 Callaway Golf State Pro-Assistant event, which was previously hosted by the venerable TPC @ Sawgrass.
During the summer of 2013, Tom Fazio returned to oversee improvements including re-grassing of the course with "Celebration Bermuda" and the greens with "TifEagle" hybrid turf. Drainage, cart paths, and bunkers were improved. Additionally, another famous course architect, Ron Garl, was brought in to redesign the driving range into a trendsetting "Golf Improvement Practice Facility."
In April of 2015 our new Bar & Grille opened, adding 4,500 sq.ft of casual indoor/outdoor ambiance.
In March of 2018, the Equity Members sold the Club to a local businessman Don Garrett. Don was presented with the idea and opportunity by his Operating Partner, Jimmy Lynn, who has been in the private Club business for many years. Lynn and Garrett formed a company, Lifestyle Management Group of Florida to manage and own future golf and country clubs. There were many parties interested in purchasing the Club, but the Members decided to sell it to Garrett and Lynn. Members voted for the sale with a 98.6% vote.
The Club was rebranded The Club at Gateway. Since the purchase, a world class bocce complex and pickleball courts have been built. In July of 2019, the Clubhouse construction began on the new 300 seat dining facility. A new second level fitness center will be built with separate spin and aerobics rooms, as well as, new cardio, weight and TRX training. The new resort style pool will feature a zero entry area, water features, lap lanes and a 16 seat outdoor bar. The new display exhibition kitchen equipped with wood burning pizza oven will be the star of the food and beverage operation. Another first class feature will be a 1,600 bottle glass wine cellar in the lobby area and a private wine room for dining and entertaining. A playground has also been added to the plans for children to enjoy. Renovations are expected to be completed in the Spring of 2020. Club amenities remain open for Member enjoyment during the renovations.
The Gateway Griffin
The symbol of Gateway, and the Logo for our Country Club is the Griffin, a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion the head and wings of an eagle and an eagle's talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of birds, the Griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The Griffin was also thought of as a symbol of divine power, king of all creatures, and known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. These days, our Griffin serves as the proud greeter of Members and their guests.