George H. Hodges Jr. is a descendant of a pioneering Northeast Florida family. The Hodges family amassed large land holdings in Jacksonville and concentrated much of its effort on developing the Hodges Boulevard corridor anchored by the Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club, named for Hodges’ wife, Kernan.
Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club is a private golf course community that prides itself in excellence, offering an unparalleled quality of life.
The exclusive community consists of approximately 600 acres privately nestled between Hodges Boulevard to the east, Kernan Boulevard to the west and bordered by John Turner Butler Boulevard on the south. This central location offers excellent access from either of two gated entrances to John Turner Butler Boulevard or Beach Boulevard; major arteries providing a short ten to fifteen minute drive to the beaches as well as Jacksonville’s business and financial districts.
Rather than following traditional development concepts, they “broke the mold” to ensure Glen Kernan’s residents the ultimate in country club living. In addition to larger home sites offering additional privacy, the residents share uncompromising views of a spectacular golf course, numerous natural areas including dense forests and streams and more than eighty acres of lakes. With this combination, they have replaced the “crowded neighborhood” feeling with one of a smaller, more intimate community of approximately only 350 homes in the 600 acre development.
The Old World Charm of the Glen Kernan clubhouse flows from its unmatched beauty and quality construction, including oversized brick and slate roof. The community sports complex boasts an array of facilities appealing to every member of the family. Residents and their guests enjoy exclusive access to all of these amenities, including tennis, swimming, volleyball, playground, soccer field, basketball courts, walking paths and a state-of-the-art fitness facility.
With its centralized location, exclusive golf course, vast recreational facilities and limited number of home sites; Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club is truly one of Jacksonville’s premier country club communities
Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club is the vision of its Owner and Developer, George H. Hodges Jr. His involvement and personal commitment to quality sets the golf course, designed by Robert C. Walker, apart from all others.
Ordinarily in the business of real estate development, a minimum amount of land is set aside for the golf course in order to maximize the number of buildable lots. During the planning of Glen Kernan, however, the focus was not on the number of lots that could be obtained but rather on the overall quality of the project. Eighteen-hole golf courses with their associated lakes usually require 150 to 180 acres. Glen Kernan’s golf course and lake system comprise 260 acres. Lot lines and home sites are further removed from golf than on other area courses, creating a more open atmosphere, more enjoyable playing characteristics and improved aesthetics.
The natural elevation of the Glen Kernan property and excellent drainage characteristics provided another unique opportunity. The design and engineering concepts established home sites on natural grades as high as 40 to 45 feet above sea level. The elevation of the lakes, on the other hand, is as low as 23 feet above sea level. This differential in elevation is a key to allowing the golf course to be sculpted into existing terrain. The fairways twist and turn and have more vertical roll than other Northeast Florida courses. Some areas of the course feature holes more reminiscent of those found in the foothills of North Carolina rather than the flatlands of Florida.
The design and construction concept represents another major commitment on the part of the developer. Glen Kernan required the excavation of more than 1.3 million cubic yards of earth, about four times the amount of excavation of the typical area golf course. The end result is a golf course that is loaded with character, dramatic fairway movement and very high aesthetic quality.
Glen Kernan’s design style might be classified as traditional, but with a modern flair. Large tees provide great flexibility to better accommodate golfers of all abilities. Generous landing areas and larger greens appeal to the average golfer. Large bunkers, water features and native vegetated areas are strategically placed to challenge the accomplished golfer. These features sweep diagonally across a number of holes inviting bold players to take certain risks and yet allowing more strategic golfers to take a slightly longer but safer route. Pre-shot planning and good shot making are well rewarded. The golf course presents thought provoking situations throughout; motivating all who play and maintaining the highest levels of interest. It showcases an abundance of variety and creates exciting and memorable golfing experiences time after time.
Glen Kernan features superior playing surfaces. Steps have been taken to acquire and establish the most recently developed and improved strains of Bermuda grasses for tees, greens and fairways. These grasses ensure better density, quicker recovery, smoother/faster putting surfaces and greater color.
Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club is like no other simply because of the very high standards established by its developer. Mr. Hodges’ personal commitment to this project, his interest in promoting the game of golf and his dedication to quality allows the Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club community to set new standards. What greater tribute could there be to the project’s namesake, his wife, Kernan?
The community sports complex boasts an array of facilities appealing to every member of the family. Residents and their guests enjoy exclusive access to all of these amenities, including tennis, swimming, volleyball, playground, soccer field, basketball courts, walking paths and a state-of-the-art fitness facility.
The beautiful Junior Olympic size salt-water swimming pool is heated year-round and surrounded with lounge chairs and tables for the comfort of residents.
Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club boasts eight lighted clay tennis courts which are available to residents seven days a week, in addition to a USPTA certified professional who is eager to accommodate every tennis need. From private and group lessons to stroke-specific clinics and camps, the pro has what it takes to move you to the next level or simply provide a fun way to exercise. All playing levels are welcome to experience the many tennis programs available. Don’t miss out on adult league play, competitive junior team or fun tennis social events. The tennis pro can help arrange match play, set up the ball machine and expertly string your racquets.
Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club’s 5,000 square foot Fitness Center is open 7 days a week for thye convenience of residents. The Fitness Center boasts 12 station top-of-the-line strength training equipment and elliptical trainers, treadmills, and bikes for cardiovascular and weight training.
The weight and cardio room is fully outfitted with numerous satellite and headphone equipped televisions for viewing pleasure while working out. The aerobics room features a state-of-the-art floating and shock absorbing floor. Men’s and women’s locker rooms provide showers, complimentary toiletries and a sauna in each, joined in the middle by a whirlpool to relax those tired muscles.
The covered Pavilion provides picnic tables, fans, large gas grill and food prep area, making it the perfect place for birthday parties, special events and corporate outings. The Catering Department provides many options to personalize any event.
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