Port Orange, Florida
Port Orange, Florida
Where we are enriching our community, building camaraderie, and cultivating lifelong friendships for our members and guests!
Spruce Creek Country Club, located within the Spruce Creek Fly-In, is part of the largest fly-in community in the country. Although a semi-private club, we are open for limited public play and tournaments on a daily basis.
All the amenities of a country club lifestyle can be enjoyed here: an 18-hole golf course, recommend by Golf Digest as one of the best courses in the Daytona Beach area; six lighted Har-Tru tennis courts; and six new lighted pickleball courts. Only a short drive from the beaches of Daytona, Ormond, Ponce Inlet, and New Smyrna, Spruce Creek Country Club is a blend of lush tropical landscapes, Florida sunshine, and ocean breezes, combined with a paved, lighted, GPS-approach, 4,000 foot runway for your fly-in convenience.
Whether you are an aviation enthusiast, a golf pro, or a tennis champion, we offer a one-of-a-kind experience for families of all ages and lifestyles!
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Brief History of the Spruce Creek Fly-In & Country Club
edited from the content abstracted from Carlos Bravo, Spruce Creeker since 1998, and Lenny Ohlsson, Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty
Long before there were airplanes, a small village thrived in what is now occupied by the Spruce Creek Fly-in. The 1800s-era village cemetery is all that remains and stands today as a colorful testament of Spruce Creek’s early settlers. These were the very beginnings of what would eventually become the Spruce Creek Fly-In Community.
During World War II, airfields in Daytona Beach, Ormond, Bunnell, New Smyrna Beach and DeLand were improved and expanded by the Navy to accommodate the increased activity from the Daytona NAS. A fifth airport, designated as a Naval Air Operational Training Base, was completed in late 1943 in what is now the Spruce Creek Fly-In. The Spruce Creek base was constructed as a training facility and had three runways crisscrossing as well as an extra runway intersecting.
When the war ended, the Spruce Creek facility was decommissioned and eventually sold in 1957 to the City of Daytona Beach. During the early 60s, the “Samsula Airport,” as it was then named, was used by the locals as a recreational place to drag race, camp and fish.
In 1969, “Mac” Conway, approached the City of Daytona Beach, to purchase the site for his dream of creating a secluded place where he and his fellow investors could “fly in” their airplanes and go fishing. They incorporated their company, naming it “Fly-in Concept.” The city officials approved the plan and signed the purchase contract. In July 1970 the site plan was finally approved and the project officially launched.
Spruce Creek was to also include industrial buildings along the southern end of the complex and homes on the north side. The plans included a country club with tennis courts, swimming pool, and a 36-hole golf course. A complete civil infrastructure with water and sewer systems, electricity, and cable TV was part of the original design; additional plans incorporated a campground and marina.
In 1969, the airport was accessed by a sandy dirt road appropriately named Airport Road. It approached the property from the east side of the field and utilized some of the existing taxiways, then merged into Pioneer Trail at the south end of the property. The first order of business was to construct a bridge at the north entrance and design a golf course. The team operated out of two mobile offices at the center of the airport and later constructed five living areas with attached T-hangars.
The 1970s, post-Vietnam war years, were perhaps the worst decade of American economic performance since the Great Depression. Despite a few homes having been completed, by the middle 70s, the Fly-In Concept investors were unable to secure additional financing and declared bankruptcy.
In the late 70s, Thompson Properties Inc. of Florida, led by Jay Thompson, acquired the property and immediately started work on updating Conway’s original vision. After extensive studies and planning, the Spruce Creek master site plan was revised under a philosophy of “orderly conservative growth”‘ to a phased development, reducing the total number of living units by over fifty percent to 2,650 and cutting ninety percent of the commercial square footage to 300,000. In 1985, Bill Slaughter, one of the original five investors and brainstormers, would open Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty, a real estate company still prominently located in the commercial area of Spruce Creek.
Today, only a few undeveloped lots remain and the community is a thriving private city. Thompson developed the Spruce Creek Country Club featuring a club house, tennis courts, pool, restaurant, meeting facilities and an 18-hole championship golf course to complement the airport. Since that time, the clubhouse has undergone a facelift, complete with an expanded banquet room, new entrance and deck, overlooking the driving range and nearby runway, and new lighted pickleball courts to keep up with the growing national sport.
Of the original military airfield, one runway remains (5-23) as the others were closed or turned into taxiways over the years. The strip is a wide, modern 4,000 ft x 150 ft asphalt-surfaced military-spec runway, impossible to duplicate in terms of today’s economic environment, and unique in the world. It has a GPS approach and landing lights allowing 24-hr access. The Spruce Creek airport can accommodate anything from a Stearman to a Gulfstream II. The pathway that allowed the planes to taxi to the creek is now Taxiway Echo, which leads to Overlook Park. Today, with the exception of a wooden path and deck, the Overlook Park area remains as pristine as it was for the original investors.
The old cemetery still serves as final resting place for many of the local residents. It is lovingly maintained by a team of volunteers and dear family members of the departed. The modern headstones, many with aircraft motifs reflecting the earthly passions of the occupants beneath, mix in ethereal harmony with those of the older “residents.” These are as picturesque and unique as anywhere else in the world, and a lot of Spruce Creekers have expressed their desire to make this their final resting place.
The Spruce Creek Fly-in Community is now the world’s most famous residential airpark. Its grounds and homes are impeccably and immaculately groomed. Almost 5,000 residents, 1,300 homes and 700 hangars share a unique life in this private gated village. Twenty-four hour patrolled security complements the safety, privacy and enjoyment of our residents. Frequent community-wide events and theme clubs for most any interest from flying and sports to book reading and gardening ensure a tightly knit and friendly community hard to duplicate anywhere. John Travolta and many other celebrities have enjoyed the Spruce Creek Fly-In lifestyle, calling it home for many years. It is truly a piece of pilot’s heaven.
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Anne Busse-Gandt is the owner, broker, founder and Team Leader of Country Club Properties of Spruce Creek. Since 1989 she has consistently been a top selling Spruce Creek realtor and has acquired a legion of loyal customers. She and her husband, aviation writer and novelist Robert Gandt, live the classic Spruce Creek life style. They were married above Spruce Creek in their Siai Marchetti aircraft in 2001 in a true Spruce Creek Wedding. Their busy lives revolve around their current sport airplane, the gorgeous RV-7 Bob flies as the leader of the Maverick Aerobatic Team, the Spruce Creek Country Club, and their network of interesting and dynamic friends in the community. An avid tennis player, Anne is an active member of the Spruce Creek Country Club Tennis League. Anne’s many avocations incude entertaining, world travel, and flying with her husband.
Anne has established a record of high success by listening to her customers and providing them solutions. She believes in placing her customer’s interests foremost in every marketing effort. With her reputation for integrity and quality service, Anne is ideally suited to guide you on your transition to the Spruce Creek way of life.
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