Deerwood Country Club Homes For Sale
Deerwood Country Club, located on the Southside of Jacksonville, is one of the city’s oldest country club communities. Built in 1960, the community features over 900 homes ranging in size and price from smaller townhomes, condos, and patio-style homes in the mid-$200s to sprawling estates of 7,000 square feet or greater and upwards of $1.5 million in today’s real estate market.
At the heart of Deerwood is the member-owned country club, which features an 18-hole championship golf course, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a tennis facility with 12 Hart-Tru Courts, a beautiful club pool, and a gorgeous clubhouse that looks out over Deerwood lake and offers entertainment, dining, and other events.
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History of Deerwood
Deerwood Country Club was founded by the Skinner family. In 1899, Richard Skinner sought pine trees for their sap so that he could create turpentine for his fledgling marine supply business. He acquired over 40,000 acres of land, and in the 1920’s, upon his passing, the land was divided among Skinner’s six sons. Richard gave his son, also Richard, the land upon which Deerwood would eventually be built. Richard then gave the land to his children Richard Jr., Bryant, and Dottie Skinner.
In 1960, Bryant Skinner developed the original golf course of Deerwood, and George Cobb was the course architect. Bryant then built his own home in Deerwood and initiated plans to develop more land to create the country club community. He named the community Deerwood due to the numerous deer that roamed the land, in addition to wild turkeys, racoons, and even bears.
Today, Deerwood Country Club features over 900 homes and continues to grow with a fairly recent development of 140 acres of the north side of the neighborhood with plots for 26 additional homesites.
Amenities of Deerwood
Residents of the community enjoy a variety of amenities that make Deerwood Country Club an excellent place to call “home.”
The community features two entrances (Southside Blvd. and Baymeadows Rd.). Both entrances are guarded by 24/7 secure access, which is funded and controlled by the Deerwood Improvement Association (DIA). In addition to gate security, the community also has roving patrol of security to ensure neighborhood safety.
The DIA also manages the recreation area, which is a three-acre facility that includes a pavilion, sports field, basketball courts, and playground. The park and pavilion are host each summer to the Deerwood Farmer’s Market, a twice-monthly event that includes vendors of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, dog treats, scented candles, and others. Food trucks also offer convenient food options for this growing event.
Deerwood Country Club
As one of the most exclusive and growing clubs in Jacksonville, Deerwood Country Club offers a variety of membership packages to fit any family or lifestyle. Whether for golf, swimming, tennis, fitness, dining, or entertainment, Deerwood Country Club offers something for everyone to enjoy.
At the center of Deerwood Country Club is the 18-hole championship golf course, which plays 7,261 yards from the back tees after a course renovation in 2004. The course was the former site of the Jacksonville Open (now The Player’s Championship in Sawgrass) and is renown throughout Northeast Florida for its quality golf, challenging holes, and excellent condition.
The pro shop is full service and is staffed by three PGA Professionals. Jim Lohbauer, Deerwood’s Head Professional, is one of just 340 PGA Master Professionals, the highest level in the organization, to have ever earned the achievement.
The pro shop includes all major brands and equipment as well as apparel.
The practice facilities of the golf course at Deerwood are perfect for golfers looking to improve their game. With an oversize grass driving range, two putting greens, and a short-game facility, there is ample facilities to spend time improving.
The club boasts many playing opportunities for members to include Men and Women’s Leagues, PGA Junior programs, and the annual Deer Hunt golf tournament, a member favorite.
The tennis center at Deerwood Country Club is a state-of-the-art facility with 12 Hart-Tru Courts. Members enjoy tennis year round and at night with the facility’s lighted courts.
Members of all levels of play can participate in this fun, healthy, and engaging sport. The tennis center offers men’s, women’s, and children’s leagues for A, B, C, and D players. Likewise, clinics for teams and juniors are offered as well as private lessons.
Frank Vermeer, the Director of Tennis at Deerwood, played tennis in college at University of North Florida, and he was ranked the top college player in the United States during his time. He currently serves as the USPTA North-Florida Division President. Frank’s wife, Trudy, works as the Pro Shop Manager.
With a 1,300 square foot fitness center, the facility is perfect for any level of getting in or staying in shape. Equipment includes cardio equipment such as elliptical trainers, bikes, stair-steppers, and treadmills as well as strength equipment such as free weights and universal machines.
The Deerwood Fitness Center also offers over 20 group fitness classes which are free-of-charge for members. Personal training sessions are also available.
Hours for the fitness center are as follows: Monday through Thursday – 5:00am to 8:30pm; Friday – 5:00am to 7:00pm; and Saturday/Sunday – 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Deerwood Country Club’s junior-Olympic sized swimming pool is the perfect size for recreation, lap swimming, and swim team competition. While lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the pool is open year round and is a popular spot for families during the summer months.
Swim lessons are offered by certified instructors, and the Deerwood Torpedoes Swim Team is a proud tradition and top area swim team for children of all ages. Pool parties are also available for scheduling.
Clubhouse and Dining
The epicenter of the club is the clubhouse which stands beautifully at the center of the neighborhood and just behind the serenity of Deerwood Lake. The 25,000 square foot clubhouse was built in 2004 and houses the club’s dining rooms, Sam’s Place (19th Hole), locker rooms, golf pro shop, and administrative offices of the club’s management.
The clubhouse regularly hosts numerous events for members. Family Night, Valentine’s Dinner/Dance, Oyster Roast, and the Wimbledon Brunch are just a few of members’ favorite meal-centered events. Most recently, the club has introduced a Concert Series which has featured Elton John, Jimmy Buffet, and Billy Joel impersonators who deliver a night of music, fun, and dancing. The Concert Series has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from members.
In addition to dining at the club, take-out meals are also available for order and pickup.
For membership information, please call the Membership Sales and Retention Director at (904) 641-6100.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the association fees for the community?
The association fees are $1,950 annually for each residence of Deerwood Country Club, regardless of home size or type. Additionally, there are fees for owners of town homes and condos which cover exterior maintenance and other items. There are no CDD fees.
What do the association fees include?
The association fees include 24-hour security; management of the recreation area, park and pavilion, and sports fields/courts; street maintenance; landscaping throughout the community to include traffic medians; the storm drainage system; and maintenance of over 40 lakes. Access to Deerwood Country Club is not included in the DIA fees.
Are personal golf carts permitted in the neighborhood?
No. Personal golf carts may not be driven on the paved roads of the community. Members of the club must use the club’s golf carts when playing golf.
What schools are near Deerwood Country Club?
The public schools which serve the area which encompasses Deerwood are Twin Lakes Academy for elementary and middle schools and Atlantic Coast for high school. Jacksonville Country Day School (JCDS) is a private school located immediately adjacent to Deerwood Country Club which serves grades pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. A private entrance/walkway is located inside the neighborhood which provides direct access for drop-off/pickup without leaving the community.
How can I see what homes are for sale in Deerwood
On average, 25 to 35 Deerwood homes are for sale at any given time depending on market inventory. Click here to see all listings currently on the market in the community.