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An elevation of the proposed Drive Shack golf entertainment complex proposed by Tavistock for 15 acres on Lake Nona Boulevard.
An elevation of the proposed Drive Shack golf entertainment complex proposed by Tavistock for 15 acres on Lake Nona Boulevard. (Populous)

Tavistock Development Company wants to develop 15 acres in Lake Nona as an interactive golf-themed dining and entertainment facility named Drive Shack, in what may be the first location nationwide for a new concept announced by TaylorMade Golf Company earlier this year, similar to the Topgolf attraction being developed on International Drive.

To be located at 7675 Lake Nona Blvd., the three-story building would total 66,000 square feet, with about 90 outdoor driving bays, a central bar, restaurant, retail shop, lounges and rentable event space with an outdoor terrance on the upper level.

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The driving range would feature interactive elements for the golfers that are expected to be similar to Topgolf, which has an attraction now under construction on Universal Boulevard at the corner with Convention Way, projected to open in 2017.

A rendering showing the proposed Drive Shack, from the perspective of Lake Nona Boulevard looking northeast.
A rendering showing the proposed Drive Shack, from the perspective of Lake Nona Boulevard looking northeast. (Populous)

It would occupy a 15-acre portion of a Tavistock-owned parcel located at the northwest quadrant of S.R. 417 and Lake Nona Boulevard, and northwest of Nemours Children's Hospital.

Newcastle Investments Corporation and TaylorMade confirmed plans back in November 2015 to create Drive Shack, a chain of next-gen golf ranges to be rolled out over an indefinite period with locations across the United States, and internationally.

No Drive Shack locations had been announced as of Newcastle's Second Quarter 2016 earnings report in early August, indicating Tavistock's Lake Nona location could be one of the brand's first sites, if not the first.

Tavistock filed a Specific Parcel Master Plan (SPMP) in mid-August with the city's Southeast Town Design Review Committee (SETDRC), which includes plans for the facility, a private entry road and a future development tract.

Those plans will go before the the SETDRC in early October for review. If approved, the committee's meeting minutes then go before Orlando's City Council in mid-November for approval.

A Tavistock spokeswoman declined to comment Monday on the new project plans.

Learn what's in store for the company's next big development site in Lake Nona Central, and who has contributed to the exclusive project thus far.

Poles that hold up netting around the driving range are proposed to stand 150 feet, with an application already submitted to the FAA for approval.

The architect and planner on the project is Populous, out of Kansas City.

The proposed Drive Shack is in line with the sports and wellness development theme by Tavistock in Central Lake Nona. The driving range complex would lie about one mile southwest of the USTA National Campus, the USTA Florida headquarters, the US Professional Tennis Association facility and the Orlando City Soccer Club training facility all in some stage of construction in planning now.

That area also has 369 acres around it that are planned for a mix of commercial, hotels, an 11-acre Crystal Lagoon and new country club-linked residential.

A Kansas City-based REIT that has helped fund the land acquisition for many Topgolf developments around the country, paid $7.13 million on Monday for 11.8 acres on Universal Boulevard across from the convention center, where the company will invest a projected $20 million to build a 65,000-square-foot entertainment center.

That's also where Tavistock is planning to develop 54.5 acres as a corporate training facility with up to 550,000 square feet of conference space, 1,200 lodging rooms and recreation area, GrowthSpotter first reported Aug. 11.

Referred to as a corporate retreat-style campus, Tavistock has declined to name the user it is preparing those plans for. Its master plan was approved on Sept. 8 by the SETDRC, with meeting minutes to go on City Council's agenda in mid-October. Neither building elevations or construction permits have been filed with the city, as of Monday.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at bmoser@growthspotter.com, (407) 420-5685 or @bobmoser333. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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