The Moorings Club Story

A piece of paradise awaits you......

Established over 40 years ago, The Moorings Yacht & Country Club is one of Vero Beach’s most prestigious, private clubs. Located on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon, a piece of paradise awaits you. Here you’ll find 36 holes of golf, including Pete Dye’s Signature Course, Fazio's Hawk’s Nest Course, 9 Har-Tru® tennis courts,  a state-of-the-art fitness center, pool and spa, croquet courts, an active yacht club, a dynamic social calendar, as well as two beautifully appointed clubhouses offering fine and casual dining experiences. With over 350 single family homes, 850 condominiums, and a Yacht & Country Club complete with all the amenities, The Moorings has everything a member could ever wish for. 

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Purchased in the late 1950’s by Julio Lobo, a Cuban sugar baron and father of Leonor Lobo-de-Gonzalez, the unusable acreage was dredged on a massive scale and the fill piled high to create fingers of land reinforced by eight miles of sea wall. The Moorings was originally designed and created to be a boating community.

The man chiefly responsible for the growth of The Moorings from 1971-1984 is Jorge Gonzalez, son of an old sherry-making family from Jerez-de-la Frontera, Spain. In 1971, Jorge, his wife Leonor and their son Boris moved from Madrid to Vero Beach where Jorge assumed directorship of The Moorings Development Company. When the family arrived, The Moorings was barely more than a handful of fingers jutting out into the Indian River. Only The Billows on the ocean side and a few scattered houses existed. The couple were initially dismayed by the barren, lunar-like landscape and the many problems besetting the development. However, they embraced the challenge with enthusiasm and South Passage, the first condominium developed by Jorge, was built in 1972.

One of the high points in our history was the construction of  Pete Dye's only Signature Par 64 golf course a few years later. In 1983, a fully operating clubhouse offering golf, tennis and social memberships was built. The Moorings Club was dedicated to Leonor’s father, Julio Lobo.

The Gonzalez family also helped found Saint Edward’s School, assisting in the acquisition of the land adjacent to The Moorings. Boris attended Saint Edward’s for several years and both Leonor and Jorge served in leadership roles there.

In 1984, The Gonzalez’s sold The Moorings, but continue to live here in this seaside community.

In 2004, the original clubhouse was destroyed by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Proctor Construction, Peacock & Lewis Architects & Image Design worked together for over 3 years re-building and designing the 58,000 square foot elegant Clubhouse that is the center of social, sports and wellness activities enjoyed by our members. 

In 2015, The Moorings Club acquired Hawk's Nest Golf Club, and Jim Fazio's highly regarded championship course located 10 minutes north of The Moorings Club on the Vero Beach Mainland.