We are happy to announce The Zelnik Family of Valrico, Florida and The Bronx, NY has purchased Imperial Lakewoods Golf Club in Palmetto FL. We are very excited about the opportunity that has been presented and optimistically look forward to the future growth and enhancement of all the golf course features.
About the Zelnik Family
Noah Zelnik has played and caddied events on the PGA Tour will be the club manager and golf professional. Noah was a two time winning caddie of the Puerto Rico Open for PGA Tour pro Michael Bradley, as well as several other PGA Tour players on the PGA Tour and Web.com. He has also been a multiple winner as a player on the Developmental Tour level and competed in events on the PGA Tour, Korn Ferry Tour, Latin and South America. He travelled and played professionally for 12 years and caddied on the PGA tour for parts of 15 seasons, six of them full time.
His related work experience involves positions at the famous Concord Resort Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, NY and the Nevele Grande Resort in Ellenville, NY as well as Fenway Golf Club in Scarsdale, NY. In 2013-2015 he caddied at Streamsong Resort in FL learning golfers likes and eating habits and will add to the MOC Experience. Noah has worked with Golf Digest Top 50 instructors Dr Jim Suttie, Kevin Weeks, Mark Wood, and Michael Breed. He played collegiate golf at University of California @ Davis and then attended The Ohio State University.
Samantha Zelnik, Noah’s wife, will be the sales and marketing director, inside operations manager, as well as golf course auditor. Samantha’s golf industry career started at Twin Lakes Golf Course, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas and over the next 7 years she learned all aspects of golf course operations and management. She moved to Tampa, FL in 2004 and became the Tournament/Sales Director at Bloomingdale Golfers Club in Valrico, FL. She has run over 400 events and prides herself by going above and beyond to provide the utmost in customer service and player experience. Samantha went to Newman University in Wichita KS.
We have made a major decision to rebrand the facility with a new name Moccasin Wallow Golf Club.
We’ve already started to think about these 18 holes as “The MOC!” Why the name change? We want to become more a part of and promote the growth of Moccasin Wallow future developments. We believe that we will bring greater attention to the existing communities and HOAs that exist and those that will be coming in the next 5-10 years.
We have improved and reconstructed some the existing golf course and redesigned the clubhouse interiors, bringing added values and much needed community facilities for future members as well as daily fee players.
Our priority had been to restore the existing golf course to what it once was…and perhaps far better. The course was shut down in May 2016 for reconstruction of irrigation, greens, tees and fairways. New Tif-eagle greens were sprigged in August 2016 and have been returned to original size.
We have invested a significant amount of capital to overhaul the pump station and irrigation which were in need of a major repair. We installed new clocks and a system that will be controlled thru computers and remote control so the days of manual watering will be over.
We had intended to spray weed killer, fertilizer, and insecticides to restore the fairways, teeing ground, and approach areas to a much improved playing surface. Unfortunately as time went buy we were not satisfied with the process and in late August we made the decision to replant new fairways and tees with the new Celebration grass to complement to new tif eagle greens. we couldn’t be happier with the result as our fairways are now some of the best in all of the tampa Bay Area.
We have repaired the hog damage to the course as all of the chemicals begin to work. we will continue to spray for insects and keep rodents as well as other damaging animals away from our course.
Course Plans and Future Offerings
The nines are now reversed to enable players to have easier access to the restaurant and clubhouse at the turn.
We are going to be reconstructing and creating a larger driving range tee area in the future as well as adding additional targets in our 55 acre lake. The targets will be enhanced to look more like greens and have real pins to aim at! Also to add to the experience we will be adding a matted driving range area between the putting green and what will be the new first tee. We will be selling a “warm up bag” that will contain around 10-15 balls for a small for a group to take few swings before they go to the 1st tee. It will be much easier to get players ready for their round and the starter to not have to look for groups from 500 yards away.
A brand new short game area between the 10th tee and 18th green will be added for additional practice and training for members of the golf club. The existing putting green is much larger and has been restored it to its original size.
Of critical importance will be the playability of the course from the forward green tees. We want women, children, and other short and/or less powerful hitters to be able to enjoy the playability of the golf course. The MOC will offer lessons from Noah as well as a couple of instructors who will be there at different times. We are going to offer private and group instruction. Special clinics will also be organized for women, children, and also parent child clinics. We want to promote our future players at the MOC.
Competitions at The Moc
Plans are already underway to host several events during the year that will attract both professional and amateurs golfers who aspire to make the PGA Tour. In addition, it is anticipated that this course will also play host to The MOC which will be a college event as well.
If time permits we will add or expand four new teeing areas on the course. On the new routing holes 4, 8, 13, 14 and 16 will be lengthened for future championships. We expect that the length of the course will be almost 7100 yards from the championship tees.
We will now host the Summer Tour Championship in late September 2017 on The West Florida Golf Tour. This will be the final event of the summer for the professionals. The West Florida Golf Tour has had over 20 participants who have won on golfs major tours.
The clubhouse has received a big facelift to the interior by architects Martin Zelnik RA/AIA and Bryan Zelnik RA/AIA, Noah’s father and brother, respectively. The vision for the club house will showcase the view of the 55-acre lake with modern feel as well as designing a new more intimate sports bar/ lounge restaurant that will be equipped with new multiple flat screen televisions.
New floors and lighting , color schemes, decor, and materials. Also, new to the facility will be a multipurpose room for private parties, business meetings, seminars, birthdays, dining, lectures, etc. this will be equipped with dry erase board as well as a flat screen TV and media plugs for presentations and viewings.
The restaurant and bar area will have a new look and feel to it. Three 60 inch flat screens will be behind the bar as well as the top of the bar knocked out to open up the room. The bar will be enlarged and banquette seating will be added to have a more intimate bar area. In the restaurant area we will have two 75 inch flat screen TVs for viewings of sporting events as well as other special events.