The Jackson (Event Center)

Front of Building


The City purchased the former clubhouse at the Cherokee Ranch Golf Course and is converting it into a Civic Center, now called The Jackson at Cherokee Ranch. The facility will feature space for rent for local and out of town events. 


Every time someone stays in Jacksonville hotels, they pay a 9% Hotel Occupancy Tax. These funds are dedicated to driving tourism in the City. The Jackson at Cherokee Ranch is wholly funded through Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars. 


The project began renovations in July 2023 and is expected to be complete by early January 2024. 

Project Updates

February 7, 2024

The project is substantially complete. The grand opening is set for February 20, 2024. 

There are still some sections of flooring that will be replaced in the near future due to improper installation by the original flooring contractors. The new flooring is on back order with no current ETA.

December 20, 2023

The project is nearing completion. There have been delays due to mistakes made by the flooring contractor. These delays will push the project into January. The grand opening scheduled for January 16 will be delayed. 

To date, all lighting has been installed except for the chandelier in the foyer, bathroom fixtures and partitions are installed, all walls are trimmed and painted, and cabinetry is installed. The remaining items are flooring, countertops, and doors. 

Items will be listed on Govdeals soon including the old bathroom partitions, the old chandeliers, and the old doors. 

October 2023

Most demolition, framing, and sheetrock is complete. The steel posts and beams have arrived on site for installation in the ballroom. These will allow us to make the space larger, removing some adjacent smaller rooms and expanding capacity of the ballroom. 

Wetbar Area
Catering Kitchen Sheetrocked and Taped
Bar Area Sheetrocked and Taped
Steel Beams Delivered 2
Painting the Hallway
Former Kitchen

September 2023

The City signed a contract with SCI construction to renovate the facility according to the specifications produced by GLS Architects and work by SCI's team commenced.

July 2023

The City partnered with the Cherokee County Sheriff's office to begin demolition of the building in preparation for the remodel contractors to get started. This saved more than $30,000 on the project in demolition services. 

Civic Center Demolition Photo 3
Civic Center Demolition Photo 2
Civic Center Demolition Photo 1

January 10, 2023

Contract signed with GLS Architects for design services for the renovation of the former clubhouse into a Civic Center. 

September 13, 2023

The City Council annexed the golf course and former clubhouse.

August 9, 2022

The City Council called for a proposition on the November election ballot for a Venue Tax, an increase of 2% on the 7% hotel occupancy tax.

March 8, 2022

The City Council issued $1 Million in tax notes based on Hotel Occupancy Taxes for the purchase and renovation of the Clubhouse at Cherokee Ranch Golf Course.