A 2002 winner of the Florida lottery purchased the Ironwood Golf Course in East Naples today for $1.4 million.
Ronald Berger submitted the winning bid at an auction to take over the course. It had been in foreclosure for more than a year because the previous owner hadn’t paid off creditors.
Berger, a 73-year-old Naples resident, said he plans to let the land remain a golf course and said he plans to open a restaurant on the site.
Before winning the lottery in 2002, Berger had always wanted to own a restaurant and golf course, and the nearly $10 million he won allowed him to do that, he said.
The owner before foreclosure was Illinois-based Van Elway Enterprises Inc. The abandoned pro shop for the 34-acre course is at 4710 Lakewood Blvd.