About Us Epping-Forest

A tradition of excellence and a lifetime of memories.

Epping-Forest Yacht & Country Club combines turn-of-the-century romance and world-class amenities in a setting of historical significance. Built in 1926 by industrialist Alfred I. duPont and wife Jesse Ball duPont as their Florida residence, Epping-Forest was quickly distinguished as one of the country’s finest estates. Many illustrious guests, such as the Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Goulds, Presidents Gerald Ford and Anwar Sadat, graced its rooms for lavish parties. In the early 1970s, Epping-Forest became the home of the Raymond K. Mason family. In 1984, Gate acquired Epping-Forest from the Mason family. The company strongly believed that the estate should be preserved for future enjoyment by Jacksonville’s citizens. Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, Epping-Forest Yacht & Country Club now offers a traditional elegance reminiscent of times gone by, while offering the modern conveniences of today.


Meticulously restored to its original splendor, the duPont Mansion offers casual and gourmet dining with a level of service unmatched by its peers. The first floor glass terrace dining rooms and second story private dining and banquet facilities offer members and guests an unforgettable view of the English Gardens and St. Johns River. Members also have access to a private marina and enjoy cruises, dock parties, sailing instruction, camps and a rental fleet. Click here to learn more about Epping-Forest Dining.

Members Enjoy

  • 12,000 square-foot Fitness Center

  • Group and private fitness training

  • 6 pools

  • Family activities

  • Cub’s Den Nursery

  • Swim team

  • 6 illuminated tennis courts

  • On-site tennis professionals

  • Group and private tennis lessons

  • Tennis league play