Casper buys another Florida course


Sean Dudley

Billy Casper Golf has added another course to its portfolio. BCG, America’s second largest course owner and operator has purchased St Johns Golf & Country Club in St Augustine, Florida from previous owner the St Joe Company.

BCG has managed St Johns since 2007. The course is the centrepiece of the St Johns residential community, recently built to completion  and has hosted the PGA Tour qualifying school first stage for five years.

“This transaction was a natural step in our transition out of St Johns as the residential sales in the community were completed earlier this year,” says Nick Cassala, St Joe’s president of residential development.

“We're ecstatic to acquire St Johns from an existing client, and look forward to continuing its recognition among northern Florida's premier clubs,” says Peter Hill, chairman and CEO of BCG.

Designed by ASGCA member architect Clyde Johnston, St Johns attracts golfers from throughout the southeast United States. Carved out of a pine forest and featuring occasionally arduous wind patterns, the layout stretches to 7,236 yards.

Earlier this year, under BCG agronomic direction, St. Johns was designated a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. According to Audubon International, St Johns is one of only five courses in the Jacksonville area to achieve certification, joining the elite TPC Sawgrass, Amelia Island Plantation, The Palencia Club and BCG-managed Bent Creek Golf Course.