This is a 1967 aerial photograph of the Pt. Malabar Country Club in its infancy. The front nine was opened in January 1965. In this photo, the back nine was under construction, and was completed in time for the first of two LPGA Invitational Tournaments.
Mickey Wright won $1,500 in the March 1968 tournament, with a 3-over-par score of 216. Kathy Whitworth won $2,625 in March 1969 with a 3-under-par score of 210, an all-time LPGA win record of 88 victories.
General Development Corp. (the developer) used Perry Como in their sales promotions for homes around the golf course. Additionally, Como participated in the opening of the original nine holes, as well as the Pro-Ams.
As you can see from the photo, Pt. Malabar Blvd. ended at Country Club Dr. Only five homes were available in 1967. George Pittman moved into the only house on Country Club Dr. in December 1967. The other four homes were 812, 826, 840 and 854 Pt. Malabar Blvd. 812 was built in 1964; GDC sold it for $33,000 on March 16, 1966 to Irene Hansen from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. It had 1795 living square feet, a two-car garage, 442-sf screened porch, and a pool with an 1,108 sf pool deck. That was fancy living in the 1960s, and still is! In 1992, Milford and Dorothy Enfield bought the home for $111,500 and still live there.
A 1968 abstract consisting of 366 pages shows the final purchase of over 42,000 acres by GDC in 1959. This was part of the deal beginning February 22, 1821, when 42,000 acres was acquired by the United States via the “East-West Florida” treaty with Spain.
This is a 2010 photograph of the first home bought from General Development Corp. Located on Bianca Drive in Pt. Malabar Unit 2 Subdivision, it was near the Pt. Malabar Yacht Club (originally 460 NE Bianca Drive now 1118 NE Bianca Drive). Betty & Lester Stanek purchased the home for approx. $13,000 in December of 1959. According to the property appraiser’s website, it is a .27- acre lot with a base area of 1102 square feet, a 50 square-foot open porch, and a 270 square-foot enclosed porch. It also had a fireplace, and a 64 square-foot outbuilding. It is now valued at $40,730 (versus a 2008 value of $71,900, though it sold for $89,000 in November of 2007).
Today it has a very attractive appearance with a nicely landscaped lawn and fenced-in backyard. This was the Staneks’ first real home, as he had spent 20 years in the Navy and had lived overseas. When they bought their home, U.S. 1 was still a two-lane road, and Port Malabar Blvd. did not exist.
Former PMCCCA resident and board member Charlie Madge has written a detailed book chronicling history on the Port Malabar Country Club. A copy of the book is available for download by clicking the link below......