Boca West plans $45M upgrade
Mike Diamond Special to Palm Beach Post USA TODAY NETWORK
A $45 million-plus upgrade is planned for Boca West, a country club community of 3,500 homes west of Boca Raton off Glades Road.
The project, expected to begin by April 1, will result in a new Aquatics Center and an expanded Sports Center Complex. It is expected to be completed by November 2022.
The planned 96,000-square-foot aquatic center will include five pools, a bathhouse with showers and lockers, a landscaped pool deck and a “Splash Pool Bar & Grill” that will overlook the pools and the Palmer Golf Course. The five pools include a four-lane lap pool, a zero-entry family pool, an adult pool with submerged loungers, a teaching pool and a kids’ pool.
The two-story Sports Center Complex will be enlarged from 65,000 to 72,000 square feet. It will include studios for spinning and Pilates classes along with a core-training area. Atop the Sports Center will be a rooftop restaurant. The improvements will include an adult game room, an updated billiards room, a new two-story lobby, a valet entrance with a three-lane porte-cochère and a multi-level water feature.
“This is all about staying ahead of the curve,” said Boca West General Manager Matthew Linderman. “Members want to see these lifestyle improvements. You
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need to keep things fresh.”
Linderman said Boca West has spent more than $200 million in the past 15 years to upgrade its facilities. In 2017, it spent $50 million to overhaul its clubhouse. According to Linderman, the improvements have significantly lifted property values.
The club’s restaurants will also undergo renovations. The My Pi Restaurant will receive a new bar with expanded dining availability, and an open-concept kitchen.
Linderman noted that the new facilities are being built without a special assessment to existing residents. The project is being paid for with funds obtained from new homeowners who must pay a special fee when they buy at Boca West.
Linderman said that another major improvement will be undertaken in the coming years to upgrade its four golf courses, noting; “We are already looking at architects.”
Some golf course communities have closed courses to make room for new developments. Linderman said that will not be happening at Boca West. “Golf is back,” he noted. “This year, we will have the most rounds we have had in the past 14 years. COVID has pushed people to get outside and play golf.”
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