Both casual tennis players and serious competitors will find their expectations exceeded at BallenIsles.
1. The tennis facilities, which already were ranked #1 in the country, have recently been dramatically expanded. The new 62,000-square-foot Sports Complex now features 22 tennis courts—20 Har-Tru® clay courts, including a stadium court that seats 500, and two hard courts—as well as a full-service tennis shop for all Tennis Member needs.
2. Within the Sports Complex is the Tennis & Fitness Lounge, similar to a skybox. Here, Members have an indoor view of the stadium court during tournament play and a place to enjoy refreshments before and after their tennis matches. The invitational tournaments regularly feature world-ranked players, and the list of those who’ve played the stadium court includes former and current Grand Slam champions.
3. The BallenIsles tennis programs feature year-round exhibitions, club tournaments and clinics for all ages. Directed by the renowned BallenIsles coaching and support staff, both the avid player and the novice can count on an exceptional tennis experience, enhanced by club tournaments, special events and tennis-oriented social activities. Upcoming events including the Mixed Doubles Tournament, Play For Pink Super Saturday, and the Miami Open on Key Biscayne Trip.
Renowned for its superb level of service, BallenIsles also features a 72,000 square foot Clubhouse, a fabulous spa and salon, fitness center, swimming pools, three championship golf courses and five dining areas noted for their variety of offerings, from casual to exceptional cuisine. BallenIsles offers expansive estates to single family homes and condominiums, most properties overlook shimmering lakes, botanical gardens and three magnificent golf layouts. For more information BallenIsles please click here.
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur seeking a hard-to-find vintage bottle or a casual enthusiast who simply wants an affordable, tasty glass during happy hour, many restaurants boast impressive wine lists in The Palm Beaches.
“The entire world of wine is represented in restaurants around The Palm Beaches,” explained Stephanie Miskew, Certified Sommelier, Wine Educator, and Fox News Contributor. “We are on the national map for being a culinary hot spot, and the wine scene is truly exploding.”
Christopher’s Kitchen – Palm Beach Gardens
Lovers of raw food find a haven in Christopher’s Kitchen, owned by critically acclaimed chef Christopher Slawson. Those who enjoy a plant-based lifestyle will find a variety of organic, sustainable and biodynamic wines harvested without pesticides and naturally fermented without additives.
The Grille Room at BallenIsles Country Club – Palm Beach Gardens
Located in BallenIses Country Club, residents and members enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows providing magnificent views of the East Course’s 18th Hole. The Grille Room has a warm and inviting ambiance perfect for wine-tasting affairs and steakhouse dinners.
The Breakers – Palm Beach
The Breakers Palm Beach is one of the world’s few resorts with two Master Sommeliers, Wine Director Virginia Philip and Juan Gomez. Philip and Gomez lead the renowned wine program to The Breakers eight restaurants and eight bars. They have helped the resort and its 32,000-bottle collection retain the Wine Spectator Grand Award every year since its inception in 1981.
Café Boulud – Palm Beach
Situated at the heart of the historic Brazilian Court Hotel, steps from famed Worth Avenue and the white sandy Palm Beach shores, Café Boulud has earned Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence every year since 2004. The restaurant offers 650 wine selections, with a philosophy of offering guests a broad selection of styles, regions and price ranges while concentrating on versatile wines.
BallenIsles Country Club is located in the epicenter of Palm Beach Gardens offering a great lifestyle both inside and outside of the private gates. The Club offers five distinct culinary establishments: Main Dining Room, The Grille Room, The 19th Hole, Harry’s Bar and Bistro 105 which is located in the Sports Complex. The customary breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings are always available for members and their guests as are private candlelit dinners, wine-tasting dinners, summer barbeques and festive holiday dining. For more information on becoming a member of BallenIsles Country Club, click here.
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The general methodology of a bump & run shot is to land the ball a third of the way on the green and let the ball run the remaining two thirds distance to the hole. The margin of error on a bump and run shot is far less than trying to loft the ball high in the air and land it close to the hole with minimum run.
BallenIsles Head Golf Professional- Shawn Costello says, “I am a big advocate of the bump & run shot around the green. I was taught at a young age that when feasible, the golf ball is always safer on the ground than it is in the air. Therefore, you should always look to run the ball rather than fly it too far in the air. Remember, you can land an object on a spot closer to you much more effectively than you can a spot that is farther away.”
This shot is best executed from a short grass lie with a 7, 8 or 9 iron or PW, depending on the distance you are from the hole. You can also use a SW for this shot if you are in the rough, as the rough will take away the normal spin that is imparted on the ball. The ball must be placed in the back of your stance. Your weight should be leaning on your front leg and your hand position should be slightly forward of the ball. The stroke should be executed similarly to a putting stroke, without a breaking of the wrist, thus achieving a one-lever motion.
The PGA & LPGA Tour professionals have been taking advantage of the ease of bumping and running the ball. “I even heard Johnny Miller speaking on how Phil Mickelson is now running the ball more than ever because he has more control with it than his old go to flop shot. Phil Mickelson used to hit the flop shot so often was because he had more skill than any player in the world to pull the shot off. Now, Phil is seeing the value in keeping the ball on the ground and running it wherever possible,” says Costello.
BallenIsles highly-respected and multiple award-winning professional golf staff is always ready to offer advice and lessons to help you improve your game. The pros help you shave strokes off your scorecard by utilizing the latest computer and video technology. Over the years, BallenIsles courses have been enhanced with innovative and state-of-the-art updates. The Platinum Clubs of America has awarded BallenIsles a five-star rating and the community is placed among the Top 35 residential clubs for its resort lifestyle. For more information on the BallenIsles golf experience, click here.
With so many great places in the Palm Beaches, trying to find the best area to live can be tough. When it comes down to luxury areas, Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton both have a lot going for them, but which one is best?
DINING AND SHOPPING: ADVANTAGE PALM BEACH GARDENS
With the Gardens mall and the PGA Commons, entertainment and dining options are huge. Palm Beach Gardens gains an edge on Boca Raton for its PGA Corridor. Convenience and easier access tip the scale in comparison to Boca where getting around town can be a challenge. White sand beaches, world class shopping, award winning restaurants, and the worlds best golf are also just minutes away from everyone in the Gardens. Boca Raton has a lot to offer but is more spread out and traffic congestion is a nightmare.
ARTS AND CULTURE: ADVANTAGE BOCA RATON
From concerts at Mizner Park Amphitheater to artists on display at the Boca Museum of Art, culture is celebrated, and frequently offered to Downtown Boca patrons free of charge through community events. Palm Beach Gardens has an award-winning Art in Public Places Program and the Kravis Center is 20 minutes away, but Boca Raton has a slight edge in this category.
ENERGY LEVEL: ADVANTAGE PALM BEACH GARDENS
As a world-renown destination, there is always something going on in Palm Beach Gardens. From downtown events to happy hour residents find themselves in the heart of the action. They also enjoy holiday celebrations, PGA Tour golf tournaments, marathon races, Artigras, and marinas with easy access to the Palm Beach Inlet– boredom is never an option in Palm Beach Gardens. Boca Raton runs a close second with events concentrated in the eastern downtown area, but much of the activity takes place behind the gates of private communities.
Sales are strong in both areas as the market recognizes the limited supply of inventory in this hot market. BallenIsles Country Club is located in the epicenter of Palm Beach Gardens offering a great lifestyle both inside and outside of the private gates. The Clubs amenities include three championship golf courses, a 72,000 square foot Clubhouse and a new 62,000 sq. ft. sports complex include a spa and salon, fitness center, world-class tennis facilities and swimming pools. All just steps away from world class shopping, dining, and beaches. For more information on a luxury home at BallenIsles, click here.
It’s no wonder Executive Golfer Magazine chose to feature BallenIsles in its February 2016 issue. The BallenIsles Country Club golf courses were originally developed as the home of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. For many years it was the site of the PGA TOUR’s Qualifying School and hosted the game’s greatest players in the PGA Championship, World Cup, the PGA’s Senior Championship and numerous other golf classics.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview with Frank Mancuso Sr., CEO of the largest Coldwell Banker franchise in the state of Pennsylvania and long time BallenIsles resident:
“As our young family grew, the benefits of club living became clear. All three of my daughters play golf, we work out in the fitness complex regularly, and the list of activities is mindboggling,” explained Frank Jr. “As a family, we like to play golf together, but we each have our favorite activity. My wife enjoys morning runs around the club, I look forward to striking balls on the practice range…and my daughters…oh, do they love those lunch buffets in the clubhouse!”
For a more in-depth look at the BallenIsles lifestyle, check out the full article in the February issue of Executive Golfer Magazine. Executive Golfer has been family owned and operated by the Pazdur family since 1972, making it the third oldest golf publication in America. Its print edition is distributed in America’s wealthiest private golf clubs and all domestic American Airlines Admirals Clubs, Delta Sky Clubs, US Airways Clubs, United Red Carpet Clubs and Signature Jet airport lounges.