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

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, 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


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 


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 “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 


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

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

5 Little-Known Reasons Why Your Next Home Should be in the Palm BeachesThe very best of everything. That’s the phrase that is used most when describing the Palm Beaches and it is very hard to argue the contrary. The perfect weather, the seemingly endless amounts of world-class dining and shopping along with numerous outdoor activities, such as golfing and water sports. It all combines to create a true paradise on the East Coast of the Sunshine State. However, there is more than meets the eye. Here are five less-talked about reasons why the Palm Beaches is the ideal location to call home: 


It might be hard to underestimate the importance of both money and a good job. One can’t get the former without the latter, and with a poor or mediocre version of the latter, the former doesn’t mean as much (and will probably be much less).

But West Palm Beach has made headlines for its growing job market, particularly its accessibility to people who want to start businesses. Part of this might have to do with it being a major tourist destination—about six million people visit the area each year, which does wonders for the economy. And a booming economy means there are wide open doors for people who want to start a business, as well as find a new start somewhere else.


Only six other states in the nation—Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming—can boast of this privilege.

The benefits are obvious: While you still have to pay federal income taxes, the rest of your paycheck is really yours to keep. And those of us in the other forty-three states who shell out a good percentage of our money for state taxes can be envious of what you’d be able to do with the extra dough.


About 100,000 people live in WPB. This places it roughly between Hartford, Connecticut (124,775) and Santa Barbara, California (88,410).

This means it’s small enough to not feel overly congested or like you’ve just drowned in a wash of people. But, it’s also big enough to have an active culture and nightlife, loads of restaurants and interesting attractions, and an active historical preservation commitment.

You’ll learn about all of these things in the points below. The size is also ideal for its many diverse restaurants, which you can scope out on the famous PGA Boulevard.


Something of a joint initiative between local government and civilians, the culture of public (and often free) public events is a big one in West Palm Beach. One of the most popular is Clematis by Night, which the city’s official website calls “a Thursday night tradition.” Begun in 1995, the event features a concert series of local artists, numerous offerings from local eateries, and a happy hour along the waterfront. But don’t think the concerts and alcohol mean this isn’t for kids; the place is very kid-friendly, with one highlight being a huge fountain that the munchkins run through while their parents enjoy the music.

Other unique attractions put on by the city include the 4th on Flagler (a huge Fourth of July bash held annually), and Holiday in Paradise, a new addition during the Christmas season which features a massive Christmas tree made entirely out of sand, a dance troupe, “snowman” building, and more.


The Palm Beaches are chock full of the very best country club communities in the world. All across the globe names of the very best clubs in the Palm Beach echo throughout the world’s elite as they make their move to secure their own little piece of the South Florida paradise. Industry leaders, A-list movie stars and sporting icon’s all mingle among the Palm Beaches pristine shoreline and world-class attractions. 

Woven into the tropical fabric of Palm Beach Gardens is a private club community unlike any other in the country. 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 and it’s about to get even better. Members recently approved a $35 million clubhouse renovation project which will be the first major upgrade of the Clubhouse facility in more than a decade. 

The community of BallenIsles is made up of nearly 1,600 residences in 33 intimate neighborhoods, each characterized by its own unique identity. The wide array of residences include patio homes, golf villas, courtyard homes, luxury condominiums and elegant estate homes. The magnificent homes of BallenIsles coupled with the pristine natural landscape have played an integral role in the overall character of the Club. If you would like to schedule a tour of BallenIsles, please click here. To learn more about our residential opportunities, click here.

Serena Plays Tennis at BallenIsles While Pregnant Serena just posted a great video to her Instagram account showing her still practicing her swing while approximately seven months pregnant. The video was filmed at the tennis courts at the Sports Complex at BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens. Check out this recent article by Baseline covering the story below. 

It's no secret that Serena Williams is an elite athlete, but now she's turning her greatness up another level. The 35-year-old hit the practice court while an estimated seven months pregnant.

The common misconception is that exercising while pregnant is dangerous, when the opposite is actually true. For healthy women without any medical issues, the American Pregnancy Association recommends physical activity and exercise for women that are expecting.

Regular exercise can—among other things—ease labor, increase energy, improve sleep patterns, increase muscle strength and endurance, speed recovery time after delivery and help women return to their pre-pregnancy weight sooner. 

When will Williams be back on the court for good? Williams' coach Patrick Mourataglou said it could be as soon as the Australian Open. 

“For anyone, it sounds impossible, because it’s too short a time after you give birth,” Mouratoglou said. “But Serena is Serena. There is no rule that you can apply to Serena. She has a body that is not anybody’s body. She has a will that is also completely unusual. She is one of a kind

Williams is due in roughly two months. As women enter their third trimester, issues with balance and freedom of movement arise, but elite athletes like Williams are in a league of their own, and every body is different.

The general rule of thumb is to continue doing whatever physical exercise you did before conception (excluding contact sports, of course), as long as your body allows it. 

Clearly, Williams' body allows it. 

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