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Moors Golf Club in Milton gets new land owner

MILTON, Fla. -- A Pensacola developer has bought the property of the former Moors Golf & Racquet Club In Milton. 

Brian DeMaria closed the sale on Monday, and will be the land's new owner.  DeMaria owns nearly a dozen residential and commercial properties in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

The Moors Golf Course was once an economic driver for the area, hosting senior PGA tournaments and well-known golf professionals like Arnold Palmer.  It closed in 2010.  At the time, it's owner Jimmy Lee, told Channel 3 News he could no longer afford to pay for the land during the troubled economy.

The golf course is more than 200 acres, accented by three lakes. There's also another 100 acres of wetlands next to it.  There's also a club house, restaurant, lodge and training facility on the property.  DeMaria said all of it has been well maintained.

""I want to make it an economic driver again for this community. so maybe something golf related or retirement related. all options are on the table," DeMaria said.

He says he is considering building a stand-alone restaurant on the land.  He is also considering putting housing on the property as well as starting a training facility on the driving range.  At this point, DeMaria says he'd like to keep as much of the course as possible, but couldn't say if he would keep all 18 holes.

Behind the Golf course is a neighborhood.

Warren Day, the president of the Moors Homeowner's Association, says that many of the residents moved to the block because of the Golf Course so the sale is welcome news. 

"If its a golf course, our property value will be higher we think," Day said. "We're excited to see what he has planned."

Patti Triplet who's lived in the street behind the golf course for nearly seven years says she hopes the new owners will take suggestions from the community.

"I hope they keep the golf course or most of it, that's what this area is about," she said.

DeMaria says hopes to have a better idea of what he'll do with the land in the Fall and he will keep nearby homeowners in the loop with his decisions.