New York biotechnology entrepreneur Joseph Hernandez announced his real estate company has acquired the Gainesville Golf & Country Club. Hernandez is a Florida native and graduate of the University of Florida with three degrees. Financial details were not disclosed.
For the past few years, the Gainesville Golf & Country Club has been in search of a new partner for this Gainesville institution. The former Board of Directors, led by Mr. Alvin Alsobrook, is incredibly pleased to have Hernandez’s Team taking over the leadership of the Club. “The members of the Gainesville Country Club are extremely excited that our 100 year old Club has been sold to someone who will take the Club to new heights of quality in service to its members and the community. Joseph Hernandez, a proven business leader, with a palpable passion for quality, will add to the Club. We could not be more pleased that his company is involved,” said Alsobrook.
Hernandez is focused on providing excellence in outdoor recreational facilities and activities. “The Club is still the best golf course in the region,” said Hernandez. “No one can compete with the architectural design of the course, nor can they compete with the expansive property and natural beauty surrounding the Gainesville Golf & Country Club.”
The Gainesville Golf & Country Club boasts six-lighted Har-tru tennis courts and an Olympic distance pool, in addition to the George Cobb designed championship golf course.
“The pool is one of the greatest assets of the Club,” said Hernandez. “There is no other private pool in all of North Florida that can compare, which is why one of our first major projects will be to fully overhaul the pool area of the Club.”
Hernandez earned a UF bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 1996 and a pair of master’s degrees two years later, one in business administration and the other in medical sciences. He is a serial biotech entrepreneur whose life’s work is improving medical care. His expertise is in diagnostic and therapeutic industries, and he is founder of numerous health-related companies.
The Gainesville Golf & Country Club is set overlooking Paynes Prairie on the edge of Gainesville. Its scenic layout features more than 6,800 yards of golf on spectacular terrain. The club was founded in 1921 and moved to its current location in 1963. George Cobb, famous for the Augusta National Par-3 course and Eastlake’s legendary course, among others, designed the course.