Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club began in June of 1993 when
the land was purchased by Dr. J. C. Benefield as Colonial Village Mobile Home
Park. In February 1994 Gulfstream Procurements (AKA Dale Whittington) purchased
the land from Dr. Benefield and the property was renamed Tampa Bay Golf &
Tennis Club, Inc. At that time the Community Center, the tennis court, the
shuffleboard courts and the swimming pool were built. Old Tampa Bay Drive only
went as far as the tennis court. There was also a nine-hole golf course (hole
number 1 is now number 4). After he purchased the land Dale Whittington began
the process of building homes.
When the home building cycle began Dale made a lot of deals
with many of the prospective owners. After he bought a trailer, or a boat, or a
vehicle that was located in another area, he would build a home for the new
resident. The deeds for the new homes read as follows: Tampa Bay Golf and Tennis
Club. The residents of the new community formed a CAC (Citizens Advisory
Committee), and the CAC expressed its views on a variety of issues that arose.
For example, the CAC was concerned about the landfill that was started south of
the community along Old Pasco Road. There was also concern about the status of
being a senior (55 plus) community. Later on the CAC evolved into HOA’s (Home
In 1998 Dale Whittington sold everything to Transeastern
Properties, Inc. During the subsequent years more roads were added and more
homes were built and sold. Along the way a number of properties were sold to
Lennar Homes (aka U.S. Homes). During that period of time the name was changed
to Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club (TBG&CC), although many deeds still list
the “Tennis Club.” The golf course was expanded into an 18-hole championship
course, an Executive Course was added and the Clubhouse was erected.
the community grew, governance issues began to crop up and sections of the
community that met legal specifications were anointed as HOAs (Home Owners’
Associations). Today TBG&CC consists of ten HOAs.
In 2010, following a majority vote of the eligible residents
to purchase the amenities, Starwood Corporation loaned the master association
$3.75 million which enabled the residents to own the amenities (as the Tampa
Bay Community Association). Homes began
being built and sold in large number by Lennar Homes and K. Hovnanian.
Eventually Lennar sold off all their homes leaving K. Hovnanian as the remaining
home builder. Today no vacant lots remain.
Throughout the years of its existence TBG&CC has been
governed by several Boards of Directors. Today, the Master Association Board
consists of ten members, each elected by their respective HOAs. There is also a
Presidents’ Council that includes the Presidents of each of the HOAs which is