Business Briefs for Feb. 11, 2016


Marsh Creek Country Club acquired by ClubCorp from PARC Group

Dallas-based ClubCorp announced this week the acquisition of Marsh Creek Country Club, a premier private country club in St. Augustine. ClubCorp is planning a capital project that will bring new amenities, improvements and upgrades to the club.
“Marsh Creek is a beautiful facility offering one of the finest experiences in North Florida,” said Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp president and CEO. “With an active membership base, Marsh Creek is a perfect complement to our nearby clubs and to the rest of the ClubCorp Network.”
Marsh Creek Country Club marks the 10th club acquired by ClubCorp in the past 12 months. The company’s presence in the Jacksonville area also includes Deercreek Country Club, Queen’s Harbour Yacht and Country Club and the University Club of Jacksonville located in the heart of downtown, as well as LPGA International in Daytona Beach.
“ClubCorp is an ideal fit for the members and community,” said Roger O’Steen, president and owner of Marsh Creek Club Corp, original developer of the Marsh Creek Country Club Community, and owner of the club for the past 29 years. “They are committed to quality and offer members such a great experience at all their clubs.” O'Steen also is the founder and chairman of the PARC Group, the developer of Nocatee, Pablo Creek Reserve, Crosswater at Pablo Bay and other prominent northeast Florida communities.
Marsh Creek features an 18-hole golf course, situated between the gated community homes and natural marshland, designed by former PGA touring professional, Mark McCumber. Amenities include a clubhouse offering upscale and casual dining, Tennis Center with 10 Har-Tru clay courts (six of which are lighted for night play), fitness and aerobics rooms, pool, and private event space.
ClubCorp is a leading owner-operator of private golf and country clubs and private business clubs in North America. ClubCorp owns or operates a portfolio of over 200 golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs, and alumni clubs in 26 states, the District of Columbia and two foreign countries that serve over 430,000 members, with approximately 20,000 peak-season employees.

ELM celebrates completion of Shearwater residential community

Jacksonville planning and design firm ELM, Ervin Lovett Miller, celebrated the completion of model homes and the opening of the new Shearwater master-planned residential community on County Road 210 in St. Johns County late last month.
Located in an ecologically-sensitive setting alongside the headwaters of Trout Creek, the 1,500-acre Shearwater community has been planned and designed by ELM to integrate more than 600 acres of preserved native landscape and to create an interconnected network of trails and open spaces that create unique interactions between people and nature.
“Shearwater has been carefully designed to fit sensitively into the native landscape, with parks, open spaces and 13 miles of trails that link residential neighborhoods together, and to engage with the property’s most impressive natural features. We’re excited to see how this community’s unique design will support an intentional culture of health and wellness that allows its residents to thrive within this beautiful natural context,” said ELM partner Steve Lovett.
Shearwater is located at 206 Shearwater Parkway, St. Augustine, FL 32092.

Ponte Vedra Beach Realty exclusively represents Christie’s brand

Christie’s International Real Estate announced this week that Ponte Vedra Beach Realty, Inc. has been selected to join its exclusive organization of the world’s top luxury brokerages. The real estate arm of Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, Christie’s International Real Estate encompasses a global base of more than 32,000 sales associates in 47 countries and a combined annual sales volume of approximately US$113 billion.
“The esteemed Christie’s brand is a powerful marketing tool, not only locally but internationally,” says Rick Moeser, Senior Vice President of Christie’s International Real Estate in the Southeast, U.S. Mountains, Caribbean and South and Central America. “Through our global reach, high net worth individuals around the globe will be introduced to Florida’s Ponte Vedra luxury lifestyle. We look forward to working with Ponte Vedra Beach Realty, Inc., which has served this north Florida area for over 20 years with the same dedication to client service which is the hallmark of the Christie’s brand.”
"To be exclusively selected to represent the Christie's International Real Estate brand in North Florida is a huge honor for Ponte Vedra Beach Realty, Inc.,” said Kim Davis, Broker/Owner/President of the established full-service real estate firm. “We are committed to excellence, and excited about the opportunity to continue setting ourselves apart by working alongside such a distinctive brand -- and on a global scale. Ponte Vedra Beach and its surrounding North Florida region is an amazing place to work, live and play. As the newest Christie’s International Real Estate Affiliate, we are thrilled to introduce the network’s elite clientele to this special location for fine real estate."

PV resident named to Episcopal School Board of Trustees

The Episcopal Board of Trustees welcomed alumnus John C. (Jack) Schmidt ’70 as its newest member in January. His appointment was approved by the Vestry of St. John’s Cathedral on Jan. 21.
Schmidt has given his time to Episcopal for many years. He has served Episcopal as a class representative through the Alumni Association since 2010 and was a member of the Alumni Board from 1977-1982.
"Episcopal has been a big part of our family since the beginning. I can remember my dad going to meetings to lay the groundwork for this great School,” said Schmidt. “I am very honored to be chosen to serve on the board and look forward to working with the staff, faculty, alumni and other board members to continue Episcopal's great legacy."
Schmidt has served on the board of trustees for the Winston Family YMCA, and the Beaches Museum and History Park. He has also served the United Way of St. Johns County and the Rotary Club of Jacksonville. Schmidt is a member of Christ Church in Ponte Vedra. Schmidt graduated from the University of Georgia and for many years owned and operated Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a retail travel agency franchise with nine offices in Jacksonville and Orlando. He and his wife Lori have three children, Kathryn, Lauren and Andrew, and five granddaughters.

Reappointment to Seventh Judicial Nominating Commission

Christopher J. Greene, Esquire has been reappointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Seventh Judicial Nominating Commission (“JNC”), where he currently serves as Chairman. Christopher J. Greene, Esquire is a partner with Purcell, Flanagan, Hay & Greene, P.A. For more, visit