OUR HISTORY

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 Owner Associations).

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.

As 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 advisory only.