D.R. Horton plans homes on golf course in Brevard

Sam's Executive Golf Course in Sharpes, Florida (Credit: Malcolm Denemark / Florida Today)
Sam's Executive Golf Course in Sharpes, Florida (Credit: Malcolm Denemark / Florida Today)

Home builder D.R. Horton advanced its plan to build a subdivision with as many as 224 single-family homes on a golf course in Sharpes, a small town in Brevard County.

The Brevard County Commission unanimously approved a zoning change and an amendment to its comprehensive plan that would allow the conversion of an 18-hole golf course along U.S. 1 to a residential community.

Bo Bar-Novan, who manages land acquisition for the East Florida Division of D.R. Horton, told Florida Today that his company has a contract to buy the golf course, called Sam’s Executive Golf Course.

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He also told the newspaper that D.R. Horton had been waiting for county approval before starting the engineering and design work for its planned single-family home development, called Panther Ridge.

Opened in 1966, Sam’s Executive Golf Course is a 56.17-acre course that has peaked in popularity. The par-56, executive-length course at 4257 North U.S. 1 in Sharpes is 2,929 yards long.

The staff of the Brevard County Planning and Development Department wrote in a report to county commissioners that “the redevelopment of golf courses is increasingly common, since there is a steady increase in the demand for developable land for residential development. On the other hand, demand for golf courses is declining, especially since the Great Recession.” [Florida Today] Mike Seemuth