Palm Beach Gardens Bridge Palm Beach Gardens is defined by its transformation over the past 60 years from cattle grazing land with one squatter among its residents to an affluent community of more than 50,000. These days, the upscale shops and restaurants along PGA Boulevard are unmatched anywhere else in the county and its spectacular golf continues to amaze. 

Here the top 5 things that define Palm Beach Gardens, 

1. Golf: Gated golf communities abound in this city, including the prestigious BallenIsles. Many professional golfers call the area home including Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. Each year, droves of fans visit for The Honda Classic, which generates about $45 million in tourism dollars and draws more than 4 million viewers from 250 countries who see Palm Beach Gardens on their TV screens. The tournament generates more than $3 million for South Florida children’s charities, too.

2. New construction: All the new residents lured to Palm Beach Gardens by the golf and fair weather need places to live and work. BallenIsles continues to set the standards for luxury and excellence as they have began to rebuild their clubhouse. The new clubhouse at BallenIsles will have about 25,000 more square feet, a 19th hole with outdoor seating, a la carte dining and a new lobby lounge. There will be a fireplace in the grill room and new floors. The new BallenIsles Clubhouse should be finished by next summer.

3. Luxury shopping: Although The Gardens Mall is diversifying its variety of shops, the luxury stores you find there rival the ones on Fifth Avenue in New York City, or its Florida twin, Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue. If boutique shopping is more your flair, head just to the west to Downtown at the Gardens, where the kids can also blow off steam on the specially-made carousel.

4. Restaurants: Good luck getting into any of the top restaurants on PGA Boulevard in less than two hours without a reservation in season. Palm Beach County’s top chefs know how to cater to discerning diners. The parking lot is always packed in PGA Commons, but the new Bricktop’s in the former River House is already popular with stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Tim Lipman’s Coolinary Cafe and new Parched Pig in Donald Ross Village shouldn’t be snubbed, though.

5. Lush landscaping: MacArthur set the tone by naming the city’s first streets after flowers and trees. He even had a 75-ton, 60-foot Banyan tree moved from a woman’s backyard to the city entrance at Northlake and MacArthur boulevards — a costly, time-consuming proposition. The 80-year old tree is still there today. A second tree was moved to keep it company a year later.

Woven into the tropical fabric of Palm Beach Gardens, BallenIsles simply resonates with world-class facilities. From three championship golf courses and a tennis facility ranked #1 in the country by the USTA, to an abundance of other amenities, this new clubhouse will set a new standard of luxury for club communities. 

All are enhanced by the warm and friendly social environment at BallenIsles. Built around the interests of its diverse members, BallenIsles offers a rich list of "Clubs-within-the-Club" activities, where members can share common interests with small, more intimate groups. The relaxing yet active social ambiance is one of the main reasons why so many members enjoy calling BallenIsles their home.  

BallenIsles is also heralded for their unwavering commitment to wellness and fitness with its $26 million state-of-the-art Sports Complex that is testimony to the Club's extraordinary commitment to a healthy member lifestyle. For more information visit www.BallenIsles.org.

New Poolside Menu Offered at BallenIslesWe are pleased to announce that BallenIsles is now offering Poolside Food & Beverage service available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. You can enjoy a bit from our special poolside menu of gourmet burgers, hand-crafted sandwiches and fresh salads and cool down with the beverage selection from our bar. There will also be a children's menu available. We hope you can spend your summer weekends relaxing and enjoying yourself at the pool at BallenIsles! Click here to see the new Poolside Menu! 

Practice Golf Facilities at BallenIsles One of the best perks about living in Florida is the year-round tropical climate and the constant sunshine accompanying you during your round of golf. The summer season tends to lean a little warmer than usual but we don’t want your game to suffer because of the increasing heat. Our tips below will help you keep your scores low despite the rising temperatures:

1. Play 9-holes – Remember a round of golf doesn’t have to be 18 holes. Playing 9-holes allows you to get out and play a few holes without having to be in the heat for four or more hours. Many after-work leagues are 9-holes because of the time required to play and due to daylight hours. Most people would rather play 9-holes than to not play golf at all. You may also enjoy an Executive or Par 3 course that will allow you to play in a shorter amount of time.

2. Clothing – Try to wear light-colored clothing when playing in the heat. The trend in golf apparel now is synthetic fabric made with moisture wicking elements designed to help you stay dry. Some apparel lines have SPF (sun protection factor) clothing that helps protect against the UV rays that cause skin cancer.  Another new addition in golf clothing is sun sleeves – a tight cuff (sold in pairs) that extends from above the elbow to the wrist – designed to protect your arms from the sun.

3. Cart or Caddy – If you prefer to walk when playing golf, playing in extreme heat is your turn to treat yourself to a riding cart or caddy. Let someone or something else tote your clubs so you can enjoy your day a bit more on the course. If riding in a cart, you have room for cool towels, ice and water, plus you can use a seat cover to make the ride more comfortable.

4. Join a Club – BallenIsles Country Club continues to enhance its storied past. 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. Over the years, the three courses have been enhanced with innovative and state-of-the-art updates so that each course plays at a championship level from the back tees and as a very playable course for those of all skill levels from more forward tees. 

No doubt you will enjoy your time on the course at BallenIsles and now the esteemed club in Palm Beach Gardens is making sure you will enjoy your time off it with its recent announcement of a brand new clubhouse. 

The new clubhouse at BallenIsles will have about 25,000 more square feet, a 19th hole with outdoor seating, a la carte dining and a new lobby lounge. There will be a fireplace in the grill room and new floors. Board of Directors President Jack Cook said the project has been long in planning and is needed for the current membership’s enjoyment and future growth. For more information visit www.BallenIsles.org.

New Restaurants Palm Beach Gardens If you blink, you just might miss the next restaurant opening in ever-growing Palm Beach Gardens. While locals still pack the favorite mainstays – like Coolinary Café, The Cooper, Café Chardonnay, Carmine’s La Trattoria, Seasons 52 and others – here are six hot, new (or new-ish) spots to try:

  • LA MASSERIA 

La Masseria, the 4-month-old restaurant on the PGA dining corridor, brings a sliver of an Italian vacation, a glimpse of the authentic, to the table. The restaurant offers upmarket style without fussiness, from the crisply suited hosts to the rustic bread basket and the welcome saucer of lentils in olive oil (for spooning atop the bread). 

For a quick, red-sauce fix, try the homemade meatballs. An even lighter, brighter red sauce tops the Ravioli di Angelina. On the sweet side of the menu, try the luxurious Italian cheesecake. It’s made with homemade ricotta and a touch of fontina. 

La Masseria: 5520 PGA Blvd., Suite 104, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-660-8272

  • BRICKTOP’S

With a menu of American classics and a small selection of sushi rolls, this upscale restaurant offers plenty of views and outdoor seating for watching the boats go by. The indoor dining room is awash in light, thanks to a white wood-lined ceiling and enormous windows. 

The remodeled property, formerly home to the beloved River House, also features a waterside tiki bar. Reservations are a must here. On a recent weeknight, the wait was two hours long. 

Bricktop’s: 2373 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-720-2595 

  • COOPERS HAWK 

Wine country-style food and wine has landed at The Gardens Mall in the form of Cooper’s Hawk. The upscale-casual restaurant, which opened in April, is more than a dining spot. The concept includes a full-service bar, a wine tasting room, retail space and wine club.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants: 3101 PGA Blvd., Suite P201 (The Gardens Mall, second floor, close to Sears), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-209-8466

  • THE PARCHED PIG

The “Coolinary” scene has officially expanded at Donald Ross Village in Palm Beach Gardens’ northern edge. Coolinary Cafe chef/owner Tim Lipman recently opened The Parched Pig, a craft beer and wine bar in the same plaza.

The menu here focuses on bar bites, appetizers and small plates. Expect cold water oysters, fine charcuterie and cheeses, fancy toast with interesting toppings and weekend brunch items.

The Parched Pig: 4650 Donald Ross Rd. (Donald Ross Village plaza), Suite 100; 561-360-3063 

  • PIZZA GIRLS

Unlike Pizza Girls’ West Palm location, this new pizza shop serves pastas and other red-sauce classics. It also offers Sunday brunch specialty pizzas and cocktails. 

While takeout is available, Pizza Girls also offers a full dining room that boasts a hand-carved, reclaimed-wood community table and a separate wood bar for sipping locally brewed craft beers, specialty sodas, wine and wine-based cocktails. 

PIZZA GIRLS IN THE GARDENS: The Gardens Square Shoppes, at 10965 N. Military Tr. at PGA Boulevard; 561-812-2400, online at PizzaGirls.com

These delectable choices all center around your front door at BallenIsles Country Club. Renowned for its superb level of service, BallenIsles features a 62,000 sq. ft. Sports Complex which includes a fabulous spa and salon, fitness center, world-class tennis facilities and swimming pools.  Our five dining areas are noted for their variety of offerings, from casual to exceptional cuisine. The Clubhouse is also currently undergoing a $35 million renovation and expansion

Managed by Troon Privé, BallenIsles is a fully private club with an array of best-in-class amenities. If you would like to schedule a tour of BallenIsles, please click here. To learn more about our residential opportunities, click here.

New athletic fields, a playground and hiking trails could open in Palm Beach Gardens by next year after county officials agreed to a plan for a park’s development.New athletic fields, a playground and hiking trails could open in Palm Beach Gardens by next year after county officials agreed to a plan for a park’s development.

Palm Beach County Commissioners last week signed off on a plan for the first phase of a North County District Park on about 50 of the 80 acres it owns on 117th Court North, which Palm Beach Gardens will build, operate and maintain.

Commissioner Hal Valeche said the new park will meet needs for field space in his northern Palm Beach County district. 

“I’m very encouraged that we were able to, in concept, agree,” Valeche said. “We’ve been waiting quite a while to be able to put something on that piece of land, and now it’s going to come to fruition.”

The section developed by Palm Beach Gardens will have five multi-purpose fields mostly for soccer, a playground, parking, a restroom, retention pond and walking trails and could be finished by fall 2018. Soccer, which is operated by the Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association, will have more space and room for growth at the new park, which runs about 10 months out of the year. 

Located just a mile away from the proposed new parks, across PGA Boulevard, residents of BallenIsles are also preparing from some new scenery. The prestigious club will usher in a new clubhouse with 25,000 more square feet, a 19th hole with outdoor seating, a la carte dining and a new lobby lounge. There will be a fireplace in the grill room and new floors. 

BallenIsles plans to put up a large tent in October for activities while its club is a work zone. The new BallenIsles club should be finished by next summer. 

Woven into the tropical fabric of Palm Beach Gardens, BallenIsles simply resonates with world-class facilities. From three championship golf courses and a tennis facility ranked #1 in the country by the USTA, to an abundance of other amenities, this new clubhouse will set a new standard of luxury for club communities. 

All are enhanced by the warm and friendly social environment at BallenIsles. Built around the interests of its diverse members, BallenIsles offers a rich list of "Clubs-within-the-Club" activities, where members can share common interests with small, more intimate groups. The relaxing yet active social ambiance is one of the main reasons why so many members enjoy calling BallenIsles their home.  

BallenIsles is also heralded for their unwavering commitment to wellness and fitness with its $26 million state-of-the-art Sports Complex that is testimony to the Club's extraordinary commitment to a healthy member lifestyle. For more information visit www.BallenIsles.org.