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Celebrating Silver at Hawk’s Nest

After 25 years, the famed golf club has much to look back on with
pride and pleasure.

A view of the 14th hole. Golfers play this uphill par-5 hole, with a dogleg to the left, to a “postage stamp-sized” green.

A view of the 14th hole. Golfers play this uphill par-5 hole, with a dogleg to the left, to a “postage stamp-sized” green.

Hawk’s Nest Golf Club reaches a significant milestone this fall with its silver anniversary. Its members certainly have a great deal to celebrate beyond the club’s longevity.

Above all, they can celebrate their magnificent and challenging course, which was carved from the densely vegetated sand ridge that runs through Indian River County and offers some of the highest natural elevations in this part of Florida. They can celebrate the recently added social enhancements that have enriched the club experience and strengthened its camaraderie. They can also celebrate the challenges overcome by two hurricanes and the economic downturn of the previous decade. And amid rumors that have persisted for a while of an imminent sale, they can celebrate the fact that the club is on sound financial footing and ready for the next 25 years.

“Hawk’s Nest is a vital club offering our members a terrific golfing experience on one of the finest courses in Florida,” club president John Corbett states. “In addition, we are working to provide the right mix of social activities, and we have developed a number of membership options in the past several years that have proved very successful.”

Corbett acknowledges that the entire golf industry is facing major headwinds. “We know that the number of rounds of golf played in the nation has declined in the past decade. Add to that the aging demographic of members of all the clubs in Vero Beach, and it is pretty clear that we share some significant challenges. However, we understand the golf business and have made the moves we believe are necessary to position Hawk’s Nest to meet the challenges that the market presents.”

Read the entire article in the November 2011 issue