The Boca Raton Country Club hasn’t been making money, and now its owners are handing it over to the city.
Will it become a municipal money pit? No one knows.
Optimistic city officials say they might break even or perhaps lose a bit of money, but it’s a gamble they’re willing to take.
“It’s a matter of preserving green space,” said Boca City Councilman Andy Thomson. “The city of Boca Raton takes an enormous amount of pride in its beaches, parks — none of those things generate money. It’s an amenity, and that’s how we view it.”
The owners of the exclusive club announced the unusual donation this week, and the city plans to open the 130-acre property to the public in about a year.
The club, at 17751 Boca Club Blvd., features an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a clubhouse and pool. The course and clubhouse are surrounded by