Palm Beach County is the premier destination for the ultimate golf experience. Situated along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, Palm Beach County features some of the world’s greatest golf courses, luxury restaurants and miles of beaches.  As in the past, spring brings golfing greats to the Palm Beaches - Florida's Golf Capital, for an exciting line up of tournaments.

Allianz Championship: Golf legends don’t fade away, they come to Boca Raton to play in the Allianz Championship. Follow one of your golfing heroes during tournament play or upgrade to a Pro-Am experience and match strokes side-by-side a golf icon. Paul Goydos will defend his 2015 Champion title on February 1-7, at the Old Course at Broken Sound. If names like Tom Kite, Freddie Couples, Corey Pavin or Davis Love III sound familiar to you, then you know the caliber of professionals who highlight this event. Televised on the Golf Channel, this tourney brings together many former PGA Tour players and tournament winners.

Honda Classic: The Champion Course at The PGA National Resort & Spa will once again host the Honda Classic, a premier event on the PGA TOUR, on February 22-28. The likes of Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, and Rory McIlroy have competed for purses of more than $5 million at Honda Classic. The infamous Bear Trap, which spans three demanding holes on the Champion’s course is known to have “one of the toughest stretches in golf,” according to USA Today. The Honda Classic is more than just a routine stop on the PGA Tour. See a spectacular firework show, relax in upscale beer gardens listening to tunes, or watch the excitement from the superb VIP sections.

BallenIsles Tournaments: BallenIsles Country Club features three championship courses and many member tournaments throughout the year. The East, North and South courses were designed by two of the most highly acclaimed golf course architects of the era: Dick Wilson and Joe Lee.  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. Tournaments coming up include the Men’s Member- Guest Golf Tournament February 5th and the Men and Women’s Club Championship on February 26th.

As Florida's Golf Capital, The Palm Beaches set the scene for thrilling tournaments and features more than 160 courses, including the three championship courses at BallenIsles Country Club. 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.

The Palm Beaches will be vibrating with art for the rest of the week in honor of Art Palm Beach. Now celebrating its 19th year, Art Palm Beach  is dedicated to contemporary, emerging and modern master works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Over 85 international galleries will be exhibiting paintings, sculpture, as well as functional and innovative design. The fair will feature 85 exhibitors from all over the world as well as feature sculpture exhibitions will be on view during the fair dates on the entrance plaza. ArtPalmBeach is one of biggest events occurring during Art Palm Beach Week, a week filled with exhibitions and art shows happening January 19 - 24 throughout Palm Beach County. Participating venues include: Norton Museum of Art, Society of the Four Arts, Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Art Synergy, The Armory Center, Benzalten center for Creative Arts, Bold Beauty Project, Palm Beach Photographic Art Centre, White Space Collection and more. The First View and Collectors’ Invitational kicks off on Wednesday, January 20 and the fair will run Thursday 12 - 7, Friday 12 - 9, Saturday 12 - 7, and Sunday 12 - 6.  To view a full schedule of events and purchase advance tickets, click here.

Now that the holidays have passed, it is time to unwind from all the shopping and cooking with a little self-pampering. Sip on some fruit-infused water, let go during a massage and find your Zen at some of the world’s best spas in The Palm Beaches.

The Spa at The Breakers
Recently remodeled, this Spa offers guests OSEA spa services, Tammy Fender and Erbe treatments, as well as a new salon area for hair and nail services. The Spa at The Breakers is the first and only spa in the U.S. to feature Erbe spa treatments, an organic skin care line with custom formulas dating back to 16th-century Italy.

The Spa & Salon at BallenIsles
At home in the world-class Sports Complex of this prestigious private country club in Palm Beach Gardens, the Spa and Salon at BallenIsles rivals many of the famous European resorts. Cosmo & Company staffs the Spa and Salon and offers a wide array of services by experts on hand to pamper members and their guests while delivering an ultra luxe level of service.

The Spa at PGA National Resort
For the general public, you can swaddle yourself in your robe and slippers as you indulge in The Spa at PGA National Resort. While at the spa, take a dip in the Waters of the World, an exclusive set of two mineral pools with imported minerals from The Dead Sea and The Salies De Bearn.

SiSpa at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
The SiSpa combines a mix of ancient practice with modern technology. The eight treatment rooms are each inspired by bodies of water throughout the world. Heated marble beds, steam rooms, a spa patio and boutique are just some of the amenities.

There’s no better way to relax and recoup than a well-deserved spa day. While there are many local opportunities for area visitors, BallenIsles member’s enjoy the exclusive privacy of world-class spa treatments salon services within the neighborhood. Click here to view the Spa & Salon Menu. Renowned for its superb level of service, BallenIsles, new 62,000 sq. ft. sports complex that includes the spa and salon, also features a fitness center, world-class tennis facilities, swimming pools and several dining areas. To find out more about the BallenIsles lifestyle, click here.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Serena Williams, Sportsperson of the YearLongtime Palm Beach Gardens resident Serena Williams added another major honor to her illustrious career Monday when Sports Illustrated named her Sportsperson of the Year. Williams is the first woman to be recognized with the honor as an individual since Mary Decker in 1983.

The tennis superstar dominated the sport by winning three major titles and completing her second “Serena Slam.” Williams won 53 of her 56 matches, was ranked No. 1 every week for the second consecutive year. The 34-year-old Williams accomplished all this while battling a string of injuries, producing one of the greatest late career runs in the history of any sport. We all know Serena was a force to be reckoned with on the court this year but what about off the court?

  • She danced with Donald Trump on New Year’s Eve.
  • She spent a night telling bedtime stories to the children of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
  • She chased down a cell phone thief in San Francisco and the guy gave her phone back.
  • She guest-edited Wired magazine, which published her essay urging Silicon Valley to hire more women and minorities.
  • She is currently studying premed at the University of Massachusetts.

“This year was spectacular,” said Serena Williams. “For Sports Illustrated to recognize my hard work, dedication and sheer determination with this award gives me hope to continue on and do better. As I always say, it takes a village— not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team and all my fans. I am beyond honored.”

When Serena isn’t off conquering the world she is relaxing at her BallenIsles home or practicing at the BallenIsles tennis facility.  The 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. The facilities and magnificent homes of BallenIsles coupled with the pristine natural landscape have played an integral role in the overall character of the Club. For more information on BallenIsles, click HERE.

Women from the BallenIsles Royal Canine Society pose for a photo with the items they collected for the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League this month. Photo courtesy of Rebecca CohenHogan, a 7-year-old miniature labradoodle, knows how to tell time.

Like clockwork at 3:30 every afternoon, he finds owner Joel Nussbaum in their BallenIsles home and starts barking. It’s Nussbaum’s cue that it’s almost time for their daily trip for Hogan to meet his friends at the fenced-in dog park just inside the Northlake Boulevard entrance to the community.

“He’s telling me it’s dog park time,” Nussbaum said. “That’s how much he loves it.”

Dozens of people from the roughly 1,600 residences and their pets meet at the dog park every afternoon at 4 p.m. Some come in the morning, too.

Marvin, a 178-pound Newfoundland who will be 8 years old next week, usually arrives on a golf cart. Owner Bernie Fink is never far away with a drool towel in hand.

Mozart, a mini Australian shepherd, wanders around with a tennis ball in his mouth. Another four-legged member of the club comes in the back seat of a Jaguar convertible, BallenIsles Royal Canine Society spokeswoman Rebecca Cohen said.

The dog lovers have been coming to the park for years, but the society is about 6 months old, she said.

“We go from Newfoundland to Chihuahua,” Cohen said as the dogs and their owners arrived Monday.

She and Susan Foley — who has two Havanese “little girls” of her own — realize their dogs are privileged, so they wanted to do something to help the four-legged companions of Palm Beach County in the care of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

The society collected about $600 and filled an SUV to the roof with dog toys, food and other supplies. They made the donation earlier this month and hope to conduct the drive annually.

“All of us here are so fortunate that it’s our duty to help people who might not have had the luck in life that we did. That includes, especially, all the innocent animals,” Foley said.

Peggy Adams Executive Director and CEO Rich Anderson said part of the league’s mission is to prevent animals from ending up in shelters.

Peggy’s Pantry provides as much as 10,000 pounds of dog and cat food each month to people who are struggling to feed their animals, he said. It depends almost completely on food donations from the public.

There’s a high demand for the help of the pantry right now, Anderson said.

“We’re hoping that people also consider the pets of our community who are also in need at this time of year,” he said. “Peggy’s Pantry is trying to fill a need in our community that is often overlooked.”

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How to give:

Drop off dog or cat food donations at any Scenthound location or the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 3100/3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. You can also donate money online:

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