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Reimagine Killearn Country Club

Restoring Killearn Country Club as Tallahassee’s landmark golf and social experience.

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Coming 2024

This multi-phase project, led by entrepreneur and Tallahassee native David Cummings, together with local architects and engineers, is expected to be complete in 2024. Plans include renovation of the club’s main 18-hole championship course and practice facilities, along with an all-new clubhouse, restaurant, pool, tennis courts, and charming cottages for overnight visitors, among other upscale amenities.

Recent Updates

Clearing the way for an all-new clubhouse complex

Watch a short time-lapse video of the clubhouse demolition

Demolition of the old clubhouse was completed in January 2023, clearing the way for construction of all-new clubhouse complex that will include a restaurant, pool, tennis and pickleball courts. Read WFSU’s story: The long-anticipated rebirth of Tallahassee’s Killearn Golf and Country Club seems to be finally underway

Course Design

Course architect Chris Wilczynski states:

We focused on creating variety at each hole and incorporating angles that are strategic and more visually interesting. For example, the new 18th hole is a medium-length par 4 that will play uphill and slightly turn from right to left, with several bunkers framing the inside and outside edges of the landing areas. The green complex at #18 will also offer a more impressive finale as it sits directly below the clubhouse, where members will have a prime spot to watch golfers finish their rounds.

Additional improvements to the course include a ribbon tee system with six sets of tees ranging from 3,800-7,200 yards, greens set at various elevations and angles ranging from 4,500-10,000 square feet in size, and classic bunkering with steep grass faces and flat sand bottom floors.

State-of-the-art practice facilities are a significant part of the upgrade, with 20,000 square feet of putting green and putting course and a two-acre short game complex comprised of 3 greens and several bunkers to allow players to work on all aspects of their short game. The 10-acre driving range will feature Trackman technology to help enhance the practice experience; the large grass tee at the range will sit adjacent to the new golf learning center building.

Safety Notices

Road Closure

The private road, Tyron Pass, from Tyron Circle to Jonathan Landing Dr will be closed throughout Club renovations.

Active Construction Site

During all phases of renovations the Club grounds and course will be an active construction site. Members, residents and visitors will not be permitted on the property for any reason due to safety concerns. This includes golf course property behind many homes. Ensuring the safety of Club neighbors, children and pets is our priority, which is why we need to take these precautions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Killearn Country Club?

The Killearn Country Club & Inn, built in 1967, was designed around an 18-hole championship golf course. The club was the centerpiece of Killearn Estates, a suburban development that was the first of its kind in Tallahassee. The club became a social hotspot for many of Tallahassee’s influential citizens and a sporting destination for the country’s best golfers. The club has hosted 21 PGA, four LPGA tournaments and many other professional events. From 1969 to 1982, the Club was home to the PGA’s Tallahassee Open, later the Centel Classic (’83-’89). Legendary golfers Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Chi-Chi Rodriquez and other top golfers played in these tournaments.

In 2014, the club’s then-owner made a controversial decision to close the North Course (Narrows) and sell part of the property to a residential developer. Club members and Killearn residents objected and began a multi-year battle to preserve the golf course. The residential development never materialized, and in 2020 a group of club members incorporated as Killearn Golf Properties and raised private funds to buy the club. These new owners set out to repair aging facilities and stabilize the club’s finances. In 2022, Killearn Golf Properties sold the club to Tallahassee native David Cummings who is committed to the project and the community. Cummings is leading the plan to restore the Country Club, renovate the 18-hole championship course and practice facilities, along with an all-new clubhouse, restaurant, pool, tennis courts, and charming cottages for overnight stays among other upscale amenities.

What is the vision of the new club?

The vision is to reimagine the Killearn Country Club in a way that will restore its position as Tallahassee’s landmark golf and social experience, while preserving the character of the neighborhood and instilling pride in club members and residents.

Who will be eligible to become members and how much will membership cost?

We welcome members from across Tallahassee and beyond. You don’t have to live in Killearn to become a member. Details on membership plans will be determined during the closure and shared widely with current and potential members.

Who is the club’s new owner?

Entrepreneur David Cummings, a Tallahassee native who grew up in Killearn Estates is the new owner.  David is making a multi-million dollar investment to reimagine the club, including the creation of new recreational facilities and social experiences.

What updates will be made to the golf course?

We’re paying special attention to the golf experience. You can expect plush, well-maintained grounds and thoughtful improvements to the course layout. The plan includes amenities such as short game practice areas, a longer driving range and smart features like cart GPS and TrackerMan technology. We are working with a renowned golf architect and are excited to preserve the legacy of this historic hometown course. The golf course will appeal to golf enthusiasts from the Big Bend and beyond.

Will the tennis and pickleball courts be included at the club?

The new Killearn Country Club will feature state-of-the-art tennis and pickleball courts perfectly suited for friendly matches, league play, tournaments and one-on-one instruction from one of our pros.

Will the pool be updated?

Families will love the all-new swimming pool with poolside dining options and ample deck seating. 

Will the clubhouse be updated?

An entirely new clubhouse will be constructed, featuring an upscale lounge with an approachable atmosphere, plus an impressive dining area offering views of the course, a full-service menu, special holiday offerings and space for private parties. The club will once again host annual social and dining events as well as regular golf and tennis tournaments. 

Will the Inn be brought back as part of the renovation?

In homage to the Inn that previously operated on the property, the new club owner is exploring the concept of creating a small cluster of charming cottages for overnight guests as part of the future plans.. 

Was a rezoning required prior to renovation?

On September 21, 2022 the Tallahassee City Commission approved our request to restore Open Space zoning on more than 260 acres of club property. The decision protects the golf course and overall character of the neighborhood.

The commission also approved a clarification of the city’s land use plan that allows us to explore adding a small group of cottages for visiting players and guests of club members to enjoy.

How is this project being funded?

Entrepreneur and Tallahassee native David Cummings is making a multi-million dollar investment of private funds to reimagine the club.  The project does not use any tax dollars or public funds. 

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