Golf News for Friday, June 14, 2013 | Courses

Black Diamond in Lecanto, Florida unveils new membership plan

LECANTO, Fla. -- Black Diamond -- one of Florida's highest-ranked golf communities and home of the famed Quarry Course - announces a new membership plan for resident and non-resident members featuring 45 holes of Tom Fazio-designed golf.

With initiation fees starting at $25,000, the new plan is designed to attract both members and new homeowners to a club consistently ranked by Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine and Golfweek among the best in the U.S.

"The members overwhelmingly endorsed the new membership plan, sending a clear message that Black Diamond is moving forward in growing its membership," says David McDonald, president of Escalante Golf, owner and operator of Black Diamond Ranch. "Last year we unveiled a master plan in concert with the club's 25th anniversary to make several enhancements to the club. The new membership plan was the next step in this process."

Earlier this year, Black Diamond completed a major clubhouse redesign featuring upgrades to the dining facilities, outdoor patios, boardroom, furniture and mechanical systems. The renovation was performed by nationally recognized Club Design Associates. The second phase will focus on the golf shop, retail environment and locker rooms.

Additionally, bunkers on the Highlands Course were rebuilt using the Better Billy Bunker method, and new bunkers were added on the 17th hole of the Quarry Course to increase strategic options and further frame the hole. Golfer amenities were installed throughout the courses and range, bolstering member comfort and convenience.

Black Diamond Real Estate also completed construction of its first "Show Home" and began construction on its second. Both overlook the Highlands Course and feature the most energy efficient products on the market and modern architectural touches. Construction on the third home will break ground in the next quarter.

A boutique owner/operator based in Fort Worth, Texas, Escalante purchased Black Diamond from original owner Stan Olsen in March 2011. It immediately charted a course to breathe energy and vitality back into the exclusive Citrus County golf club. This effort began with re-establishing the Quarry Course as one of the premier golf experiences in the U.S.

For more information:, (800) 328-8099.

About Black Diamond
Featuring three Tom Fazio-designed golf courses - The Quarry, The Ranch and The Highlands - Black Diamond has established itself as Florida's No. 1 residential golf community since 1987.

The Quarry Course, set amongst limestone cliffs, live oak trees, dogwoods, myrtles and magnolias, has been ranked one of "America's 100 Greatest Courses" by Golf Digest and among the "Top 100 Courses in the U.S." by GOLF Magazine. Black Diamond has earned a place on LINKS Magazine's list of "America's 100 Premier Properties," and is perennially featured on Golfweek's "Best U.S. Residential Golf Courses" list.

Completed in 1997, The Ranch Course was carefully crafted to gently blend into its natural surroundings. Reminiscent of Pine Valley, The Ranch Course sports rolling fairways and dramatic elevation changes of over 100 feet. With stunning hilltop views of up to 25 miles, the nine-hole Highlands Course (completed in 1999), is a magnificent mix of lush, rippling fairways, stands of oak and pine, pristine water features and mesmerizing natural beauty.

Located in bucolic Citrus County, Black Diamond is a 1.5 hour drive from Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO), both of which feature direct service from markets in the U.S. and abroad.

David Matheson
Escalante Golf, Inc.
(817) 386-9721