During Episode 40 of On The Green Podcast, I spoke with Mike Monohan, the General Manager of the First Coast’s newest golf course, Stillwater Golf & Country Club. Slated to officially open next month on September 10, Stillwater is the centerpiece of a new 55-and-up community in St. Johns, Florida. After getting to know a bit more about Mike and his career so far, he walked me through a few of the new course’s standout features.
Originally from Michigan, Mike fell into the game of golf from a young age. He recalls his first job as a caddy at the prestigious Oakland Hills golf course, which has hosted a few PGA Championships as well as the Ryder Cup. After playing golf in high school, Mike moved to Myrtle Beach to attend Coastal Carolina University. There, he was a part of the PGA Golf Management (PGM) program, which led him to internships all over the country and ultimately landed him in Florida.
Around 18 months ago, the Stillwater Golf & Country Club project began, and Mike has been there every step of the way as the project came to life. As Mike recalls, “It has been really cool seeing it go from a raw piece of dirt to a beautiful 18-hole course.”
The course is the centerpiece of the 55-and-up Stillwater development, constructed by Lennar Homes. While there are a few similar active adult communities in the area, Stillwater is now the first with its own golf course in Northeast Florida. The golf course itself was designed by the legendary Bobby Weed, who has also designed courses such as the Slammer & Squire, TPC Las Vegas, and TPC Tampa Bay, to name a few.
When asked which of Bobby Weed’s design elements one might find when playing the new Stillwater course, Mike said players can expect over 80 unique eco-bunkers and several different grass types throughout the course. A fantastic practice facility also encourages people who don’t regularly play golf to come out and have some fun on the green.
The course recently had a soft launch with the residents of Stillwater. According to Mike, “Everyone is loving it so far! It’s a really unique experience for everyone living there now. The golf course is very playable and in very good shape.”
Officially opening on September 10, the Stillwater Golf & Country Club will be a semi-private facility, with residents having preferred access to tee times. However, there will be tee times available to the public. Those interested in accessing the golf course are encouraged to call the Golf Shop or visit the club website (StillwaterGCC.com) to utilize the online booking platform.
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