BALLENISLES COUNTRY CLUB MEMBERS APPROVE SPORTS COMPLEX PROJECT
Posted on December 28, 2022
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (December 28, 2022) – BallenIsles Country Club members recently approved a $19 million dollar renovation and expansion project of the club’s existing Sports Complex. The Club will now begin formalizing agreements with architects and contractors and start the regulatory approval process. Construction is expected to begin on the phased project in late 2023, with project completion slated by the end of 2024.
The current 65,000 sq. ft. Sports Complex was built in 2009 and includes 7,000 sq. ft. of fitness and workout facilities that overlook the resort-style pool and Racquet Sports Complex. The Sports Complex also includes a Pilates studio, on-site physical therapy, dining at the Bistro 105 and poolside Skinny Palms, racquets shop, lounge space and a full-service Cosmo & Company Salon & Spa.
The approved renovation and expansion project includes the addition of a porte cochère, a new 3,000 sq. ft. racquets shop, fitness facility improvements, a new Members Lounge for relaxing and socializing, an all-new Aquatics Complex complete with a poolside bar and dining venue, improvements to Bistro 105 better incorporating outdoor spaces into the dining experience, a first of its kind Arts Center, plus various décor improvements. The main pool will be expanded to accommodate more users, including additional space for exercise users, lap lanes fully dedicated to lap swimming, and more pool seating. The new Arts Center will be available for all BallenIsles Members to practice and partake in programs around visual and performing arts.
“We have spent close to two years planning, tweaking, adding and deleting to the Sports Club Project based on member feedback,” said BallenIsles Country Club General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Ryan Walls. “After working on various versions of the plans, we believe we have both a fiscally responsible project, and one that delivers, purposely, a little bit for everyone.”
The Sports Complex project is the latest in a number of amenity improvements at BallenIsles Country Club. Crews are currently finishing a multi-million dollar renovation project of the club’s famed East Course and Practice Grounds. Led by the Nicklaus Design team, renovations have focused on modernizing the course’s design, including bunkering, greens complexes and strategy, a complete re-grassing of the course and improvements to playing options for members and tournament players alike. The reimaged Practice Grounds incorporates an all-new 65-bay two-sided Long Game area, complete with Toptracer technology and Flagd Golf digital yardage boards, an abundance of aiming targets for all types of long shots, a practice putting green, rough, uneven lie and fairway bunker practice areas, along with a wedge range with targets from 30 to 105 yards. The Short Game area features a 25,000 sq. ft. putting course, five pitching and chipping greens, warm-up green and the world’s flattest putting green. The area is centered around the newly built ’71 Learning Center, scheduled to be completed by April 2023.
The renovation of the East Course follows the construction of a $1.3 million pickleball complex in 2021; the 2020 redesign of BallenIsles’ South Course by famed golf course architect Rees Jones; and a 2018 $35 million dollar clubhouse renovation.
ABOUT BALLENISLES COUNTRY CLUB: In 1964 legendary Florida developer John D. MacArthur and the PGA of America teamed up with golf course architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee to design a championship-caliber golf facility. Over the next ten years, BallenIsles, then called PGA National Golf Club, hosted numerous major tournaments like the PGA Championship and PGA Seniors Championship and was home for the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. The Club was also the host site for the original PGA TOUR Qualifying School and held the inaugural PGA Merchandise Show. When the MacArthur/PGA of America agreement expired in 1973, the Club was renamed the JDM Country Club for John D. MacArthur. For the next 15 years, the prestigious local country club hosted many celebrities and professional golfers and staged many events on the three golf courses on the property. In 1988, the three golf courses and surrounding property were sold by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and renamed BallenIsles Country Club. A multi-year and multimillion dollar plan to develop a private country club community was unveiled. Since the early 2000’s, BallenIsles Country Club has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Clubs in America. For more information visit www.BallenIsles.org.
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