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Wish Upon a Wedding Hosted at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida A wedding is one of the most joyous occasions that a couple can share. From the excitement of picking out a location and color theme to the love between two partners that’s demonstrated before family and friends, these ceremonies hold many tender moments. However, those who have been struck by serious illnesses or extenuating circumstances can find themselves short on the money, time, and energy needed to create the wedding of their dreams. Enter Wish Upon A Wedding, an organization dedicated to gathering resources, finances, and services from the community in the name of providing said partners with a ceremony straight out of their dreams. One couple, Sharn and Anthony, embody the mission and reason for this amazing group.

Sharn and Anthony’s love story first began years ago when they reached out to each other online. Within each other, they found many similarities, and a connection soon after. It wasn’t long before they were making phone calls to one another, and finally meeting in person. Soon after they were engaged on May 19th, that everyone was ready to celebrate the happy couple. Later in the year, Sharn learned that her routine mammogram came back irregular, and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thus began her intensive treatment program that included chemo and radiation therapies, along with a double mastectomy. Through the litany of tests and procedures, Anthony stood by Sharn’s side, offering a comforting word, a shoulder to lean on, or sometimes, just his presence. While the two and their families are well aware of the love that Sharn and Anthony hold for each other, their upcoming wedding will serve as a proof of such, and tie them together. 

When Wish Upon A Wedding put out requests for donations of time, money, and services, local residents and businesses responded overwhelmingly. Because of the wave of support from the community, everything from photography to music to catering, was offered free of charge to Sharn and Anthony. Phairis Luxury conducted the hair and makeup, Creative Touch Party Design made the imagery for the invitations, and Key Moment Films recorded every moment for the couple to remember. BallenIsles Country Club generously offered two venue spaces for the couple to celebrate their love. The ceremony took place in the Lobby, where Rabbi Paul Offenkranz performed the ceremony that joined the couple together in front of their family and friends. Afterwards, everyone gathered at Circle 100, where BallenIsles Country Club chefs prepared and served dishes for the party at the restaurant. In the meantime, everyone exchanged good memories, created new memories, and celebrated the life that the couple will share with each other.  

BallenIsles Country Club was proud to offer their location and their services to Sharn and Anthony on their happiest day. Linsey Bruce-Lefkowitz, Catering Director at BallenIsles, also offered her wedding planning services. Though the couple has faced many struggles together, their love is a testament to the courage and strength that they have for each other. We at BallenIsles Country Club hope that as the couple continues on their journey together, they’ll always recall the moments they shared with us.

Rees Jones’ Latest Golf Course Renovation in South FloridaRees Jones just broke ground on a new design for the South Course. As part of the project a shorter course playing option will be added, allowing for five to six various tee settings and angles to challenge different levels of players.

One of BallenIsles Country Club’s many legacies lies in its golf programs, and especially their golf courses. From private tutoring sessions to classics played within the Club’s boundaries, they’re all centered on those courses. Originally designed by the likes of golf greats such as Dick Wilson these courses serve as proof to BallenIsles’ commitment to quality and history. Renowned golf course architect Rees Jones now adds to that legacy with his update of the South Course.



Rees Jones’ Latest Golf Course Renovation in South FloridaFirst constructed in 1964, the South Course was revolutionary for its approach to Florida’s landscape, which made it one of the most discernable golf courses near Palm Beach Gardens. When it was first developed, it only had nine holes and extended to a certain point. It wasn’t until Joe Lee’s renovation in 1970 that the rest of the holes were added, extending the course to 18 holes. Even with another restoration in 2002, a complete update of the course has been highly sought after by members and staff of BallenIsles Country Club. In 2018, members voted 65.6% in favor of updating the South Course, which set off the current upgrades that are being performed on it.

Rees Jones has plenty of things planned for the South Course. It’s expected to be completed in the fall of 2019, with an opening date tentatively scheduled by end of year. Jones has a more original style in mind, one that heeds back to the course’s previous design. This will involve the addition of new tees, cart trails, a new irrigation system, and extra bunkers to add new layers of challenge to the course’s design. One renovation that has been gaining particular attention is the addition of tees to the course to create a form of short course. This short course will add a new dimension to the game of golf by allowing players up to six different angles to approach their shot from, each one varied in its difficulty. The result? A game of golf that’s suitable for all skill sets and changes with each tee time.

In the meantime, members can enjoy the variety of amenities that BallenIsles Country Club has to offer, including its esteemed North Course and East Course, as well as its extensive reciprocal program. There’s no wonder as to why BallenIsles Country Club offers the best of everything – it’s their legacy. The renovated South Course will continue that tradition.

With its full social calendar and proximity to all Palm Beach County has to offer, BallenIsles Country Club allows for its residents to take advantage of the local scene better than anywhere else. In addition, whether one’s sport of choice is tennis, golf, swimming, or anything else, residents will find something to enjoy at BallenIsles. The Club maintains a full calendar of fun activities, where residents will find areas like the Golf Shop or personal fitness trainers dedicated to helping them improve their game. Homes start from the $300s to $5 million, and feature a variety of aesthetics to choose from. Click here to schedule your private tour today.

As one of the finest private country clubs in Palm Beach Gardens, BallenIsles works to offer the best, especially in tennis.For tennis players, Palm Beach County has been the ultimate tennis destination. With this corner of South Florida’s great weather and storied tennis culture and history, famed tennis players such as the Williams sisters have been drawn here. As one of the finest private country clubs in Palm Beach Gardens, BallenIsles works to offer the best, especially in tennis. Their Sports Complex provides the tools that tennis players need to achieve their goals, including 22 tennis courts—20 Har-Tru® clay courts, a stadium court that seats 500, one-on-one tutoring that allows players to practice with staff, and a tennis shop. With BallenIsles Country Club’s tennis program, there’s no reason to enjoy this great game year round.

Tennis Classes

When it comes to learning, BallenIsles can’t be beat. A variety of classes are offered for everyone from the beginner to the expert, which are easily categorized thanks to their unique level system. This way, it’s easier to find the class that best fits a player’s style, and allows them to improve alongside their friends and neighbors. The Sports Complex also hosts round robin events and social events, so that the residents of one of the best country clubs in Palm Beach Gardens can get to truly know each other. For those who need undivided attention from an instructor, private lessons can also be held as well. Whether players prefer solo instruction or to train with a group, the Sports Complex ensures that they’ll remember their lessons for life.


Classics and Tournaments

Part of the appeal of tennis for many is the thrill of the competition. Few experiences in life can compare to an entire stadium frozen with excitement as they watch an intense and close game being held between players. For this reason, BallenIsles Country Club hosts both games and tournaments recognized by some of the finest tennis organizations, but also some of their own games as well. The Club has hosted the Les Grandes Dames tournament in the past. For the benefit of their members, they host games such as the Tennis Winter Super Saturday and the Play for P.I.N.K. Mixer. Even those who aren’t playing can join in on the action through watching the games at the Tennis & Fitness Lounge. 

 

Tennis & Fitness Lounge  

The team at one of the most sports oriented country clubs in Palm Beach Gardens recognizes that the appeal of tennis is as much the social aspect as it is the physical aspect. Enter the Tennis & Fitness Lounge, where residents and players can come to congregate before and after matches. Overlooking the many tennis courts at BallenIsles Country Club, those gathered can enjoy watching matches play out, critique players styles, and exchange playing tips with likeminded people. Refreshments are offered to fortify the body and prepare it for another round of tennis, and refresh it after another intensive game. 

After these classics, tournaments, lessons, and private matches between friends, the tennis players of BallenIsles Country Club return home. Nestled throughout the community are 33 intimate neighborhoods in a wide array of residence types including patio homes, golf villas, courtyard homes, luxury condominiums and elegant estate homes. The lifestyle at BallenIsles includes social events filled with delicious food, lively music, and engaging conversations with neighbors and friends. Residents return home to amazing amenities such as the on-site 18-hole golf courses originally designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee, and clubs within the Club that pursue every activity you can imagine. 

With its full social calendar and proximity to all Palm Beach County has to offer, BallenIsles Country Club allows for its residents to take advantage of the local scene better than anywhere else. In addition, whether one’s sport of choice is tennis, golf, swimming, or anything else, residents will find something to enjoy at BallenIsles. The Club maintains a full calendar of fun activities, where residents will find areas like the Golf Shop or personal fitness trainers dedicated to helping them improve their game. Homes start from the $300s to $5 million, and feature a variety of aesthetics to choose from. Click here to schedule your private tour today.

Palm Beach Gardens is known for its full array of dining options. Here is a list of some of our favorites. Palm Beach Gardens is known for its full array of dining options. From gourmet restaurants to casual diners, gourmands have their choice of eateries. Ten of the most popular are listed below. Make sure to make time to visit them. 

Papichulo’s
Meaning ‘handsome’ in Spanish, this Mexican eatery has been gaining everyone’s attention. The charmingly styled exterior belies great dishes such as Carne Asada Tacos and chicken quesadillas. Make sure to get a selfie in this brightly colored restaurant. 

Crosby Kitchen & Bar
Combining the best of steakhouse cooking with modern tradition, Crosby’s is an elegantly styled restaurant delivering exquisitely made dishes. Dishes such as Firecracker Calamari and Veal Milanese were made to be shared on social media. 

EVOLUTION
BallenIsles Golf & Country Club’s new restaurant is a culinary adventure in food and culture. Featuring a menu that has dishes from across the globe and an atmosphere best described as ‘sleek and sophisticated,’ diners will have their palates challenged in every way. Sample small batch bourbons, wines from all over the world, and single malt scotches to top off your tasting trip. 

Lynora’s
You’ve seen this sharply designed restaurant and its creative cocktails all over the hottest dining blogs – now it’s your time to experience it for yourself. Classic Italian cooking meets Palm Beach style with Tortellini al Brodo and Tagliolini Cacio e Pepe. Grab a friend who came in from out of town and take them here –they’ll be very impressed. 

1000 North
This upscale waterfront restaurant is the best place to celebrate good news – or whatever reasons you can find to celebrate. Share a plate of Bigeye Tuna Poke and 1000 North Roasted Duck, to enjoy a meal made with select ingredients and expert chefs.  

PERK Coffee House
Known for its great coffee and amazing live acts, PERK has been carving its own niche in the Treasure Coast area. Have a yogurt parfait along with your live music, or an Americano coffee to get you through the afternoon. 

True Food Kitchen 
Coming to The Gardens Mall is a green eating experience unlike any other. True Food Kitchen works to deliver clean, organic eating to those who seek it out. This casual-classic eatery features dishes such as Fig & Onion Tart and Mauritius Island Redfish, along with other vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.  

Hogsnappers
Combining the best of country cooking and upscale dining, Hogsnappers has been hailed by locals for its great sushi, its fresh fish, and its amazing presentation. Make sure to go for the Tequesta Whole or the Pa’la Flaca Roll.  

The Crafty Crust 
For those late night pizza cravings, The Crafty Crust has you covered. Its unique hours allow diners to access some of their favorite pies any time of day…or night. Mario’s Sausage-Broccoli Rabe combines the best of meat and veggies, so no matter what kind of toppings that you like, you’ll be happy.  

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 
Also located at The Gardens Mall, this steakhouse eatery has been gathering attention for its refined aesthetic and devotion to detail. Grab some Asian Pork Belly Tostadas, or share Red Wine Braised Short Ribs between the two of you.  

With its full social calendar and proximity to all Palm Beach County has to offer, BallenIsles Country Club allows for its members to take advantage of the local activities better than anywhere else. In addition, whether your sport of choice is tennis, golf, or swimming, or anything else, you’ll find something to enjoy at BallenIsles. The Club maintains a full calendar of fun activities, and you’ll find areas like the Golf Shop or personal fitness trainers dedicated to helping you improve your game. Click here to schedule your private tour today.

BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is the picture-perfect wedding venue you've been dreaming of.  Imagine what your wedding would look like. An outdoor venue, lavishly decorated with tropical flowers. All of your loved ones, gathered together, smiling as the events proceed. Meeting your partner at the front of the crowd, ready to recite your vows and live in wedded bliss. It’s all more than possible when you host your wedding at BallenIsles Country Club. Located in Palm Beach Gardens, this idyllic venue provides an elegant ceremony and picture-perfect reception site.  

From catering to ceremony areas, BallenIsles has you covered. On-site chefs can whip up delectable dishes for your party, and accommodate for even the pickiest of eaters. An abundance of rooms and locations, both external and internal, allow you to invite everyone on your list – no matter how big it is! Whether you’re looking to host a small wedding with some of your closest friends and family, or a large event with everyone that you know, there’s room for everyone, with venues ranging in size and shape. 

The goal is always to go above and beyond for each couple’s wedding. The BallenIsles Catering Team strive for equal parts creativity and organization. These two are absolute MUSTS for creating a successful event. If one is merely organized, but lacks creativity and vision, the event will fall flat. If one is creative but has no means to organize thought or planning, then the event will fail. It is truly a beautiful thing when the two come together. We also work hard to make sure we meet the unique needs of each family. Catering Director Linsey Bruce-Lefkowitz explains: “There is always that beautiful feeling when our Chef can bring to life a client’s old family recipe—one passed down through generations—to be served to family and friends during a celebration. My favorite memory is every single time a bride walks into the ballroom and catches her breath and tells me how beautiful it all is. There’s just something magical about creating reality out of someone’s dreams.”

At BallenIsles Country Club, it’s more than just weddings. We’ll also cater to private events such as retirement parties, anniversaries, mitzvahs, or any other reason that you can think of to celebrate! We even celebrate our own holidays and events with specialty parties and programs. April 14th brings us the Amici D’Italia Bocce Tournament, and on May 12th we’ll host our annual Mother’s Day Brunch. To learn more about hosting your wedding at BallenIsles, click here. 

With its full social calendar and proximity to all Palm Beach County has to offer, BallenIsles Country Club allows for its members to take advantage of the local activties better than anywhere else. In addition, whether your sport of choice is tennis, golf, or swimming, or anything else, you’ll find something to enjoy at BallenIsles. The Club maintains a full calendar of fun activities, and you’ll find areas like the Golf Shop or personal fitness trainers dedicated to helping you improve your game. Click here to schedule your private tour today.