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Core Golf Academy Plans $70M Expansion

Core Golf Academy is completely redoing itself through a $70 million project funded by a private investor.
Core Golf Academy is completely redoing itself through a $70 million project funded by a private investor.

Core Golf Academy is going to need plenty of subcontractors as it embarks on a $70-million expansion that will give the golf training facility for teens its own 23-acre campus, complete with dorm rooms for over 600 students and a private school.

The academy, in Winter Garden, will move across the street from its current headquarters, on leased land at 1649 Phil Ritson Way, to the site it bought in September. Ground breaking is planned in early September, and the first phase is to be complete in October 2016.

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The academy, which currently has 29 employees, plans to hire another 200, said Steve Riviere, chief operating officer.

The project is going through the governmental approval process.

The golf academy, where international golf students age 12 to 15 come to develop top-tier skills, has room for 55 students. The students attend Windermere Prep and Central Florida Prep in the morning, train in the afternoon and then stay with area families.

The new facility, which in part is being funded by a private investor, will do away with students going to outside schools and have dormitories in three buildings that can house 630 students.

The new academy will also have an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a clubhouse, said Riviere.

Owner Tom Jackson brought The Core Golf Academy from Toronto, Canada, to Orlando in 2006.

Core has served hundreds of international students who cannot find facilities of this type in their own countries, Riviere said.

While a general contractor has not been officially chosen, Jeff Jennings of Jack Jennings & Sons Inc. of Orlando has been advising on the project. Baker Barrios of Orlando is the architect.

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The site engineer is KCG Engineering of Orlando, the land planner is Geoff McNeil of AGMCi and Dan O'Keefe and Juli James Sumas of Shutts & Bowen are the law firm providing legal guidance.

All advisors and partners of Core on this project either are, or will be from the Central Florida business community, Riviere said.

Site work for the project will include preparation, excavation and embankment, cement paving, concrete curbs and gutters, storm drains, fences and gates and landscaping.

Also required are dam proofing, building insulation, fire-stopping, air infiltration barriers, roofing shingles, membrane roofing, sheet metal flashing and trim, roof accessories, joint sealants, hangers and supports, mechanical ID, insulation, plumbing, valves, piping, fire protection, sprinklers, fuel-fired water heaters, rooftop air conditioners, metal duct work, fans, HVAC, and testing/adjusting/balancing.

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