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The long-anticipated rebirth of Tallahassee's Killearn Golf and Country Club seems to be finally underway

Tom Flanigan
A specially equipped excavator made short work of the old Killearn Country Club restaurant building.

After a big fire on Nov. 23 destroyed part of the original Killearn Country Club, demolition crews were taking down what used to be the Club's restaurant on Dec. 2.
Giant mechanical claws took less than an hour to reduce the old Killearn Counry Club restaurant to a pile of rubble.
Looking on - somewhat wistfully - was longtime club neighbor and member Herb Harmon.

"This was a beautiful old facility. We all remembered and loved it. We and our families had a great time here. Great memories! But it was time to have it rebuilt," he mused, as the old restaurant fell piece by piece.

But the rebuilding process is already well underway, said the Club's new General Manager Ellis Pilgreen.

"Well we hope to have the course finished for the most part sometime next year in 2023. The buildings will take a little longer. But mainly ASAP. We want to get it up and running as fast as we can."

Built in 1967 as the crown jewel of Killearn Estates, the Club has been through many ups and downs - mostly downs - in recent years. The new owner, entrepreneur and Tallahassee native David Cummings, insists the direction from now on will be straight up.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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