A New York investment firm that acquired more than 2,900 acres in rural Polk County during the real estate crash is planning a huge new golf resort, according to documents filed with the county.
Toronto-based golf course consultant Alan Chudnovsky (aka Alan Chud) and engineers from Kimley-Horn are scheduled to meet this week with county planners for a pre-application discussion about the project, dubbed "Lost Oak."
Chud is acting as owner's representative for RCG Longview, which acquired the 2,909 acres in 2007 through an affiliate company, Indian Prairie Groves LLC. The property is on the southern shore of Lake Kissimmee, about five miles north of Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo.
The owner wants to develop a private membership club with up to three golf courses, to include a clubhouse, two restaurants and practice facilities for golf, according to Chud's project description.
The initial development plan calls for 40 cabins in Phase 1 for club members only, of approximately 2,500 square feet each. There would also be equestrian and sporting clay facilities.
The property is adjacent to Polk County's Coleman Landing and Shady Oaks campground. It currently includes a helipad and two small marinas, which the owner plans to upgrade.
The developer would need to install private water and sewer facilities. Other than staff housing, there will be no permanent residences on the property.
Chud is the owner and CEO of The Chud Group, which specializes in project management, design, and development of golf courses, residential communities and related infrastructure.
The property's ownership and development team did not respond to requests for comment.
The location is a good 1.5 hour-drive from Orlando, but the remote location doesn't preclude a successful golf resort. Polk County's Streamsong Resort, which opened in 2013 near Wauchula, has earned rave reviews as one of the best golf resorts in the U.S.
Kris Keprious, marketing manager for Visit Central Florida, said Streamsong has "been huge, as far as putting Polk County on the map as a premier golf destination."
That resort has leveraged its remote location to help market the facility.
"Part of the design of Streamsong, with their location, is to get away from everything," Kerious said. "That's part of the draw of it as well."