Steve Pike Anywhere: BallenIsles Country Club

BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens is a private club community unlike any other in the country and the name resonates with world-class facilities, from three championship golf courses and a tennis facility ranked #1 in the country by the USTA.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida – Renowned golf course architect Rees Jones is renovating the South Course at BallenIsles Country Club here in one of the more prestigious country club communities in the Southeast. The $7.4 million renovation comes on the heels of the club opening its new 115,000 square-foot clubhouse.

The South Course project is expected to be complete this September, with play beginning in December.

“This is a significant statement by our membership and community, to enter into this project immediately following the opening of our new clubhouse and continues our trajectory of being the preferred residential community in the Palm Beaches. Having three world-class golf courses helps us further cement our position as a market leader and the preferred choice for people to call home. The South Course for the past 50 years has been a favorite with our membership and it was time for us to refresh this outstanding layout,” said BallenIsles General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Walls.

The renovation will include a full tee to green re-design including all tees, greens, grassing, bunkering and architectural changes. The core playing corridors and original Joe Lee layout will remain mostly unchanged, but the Rees Jones Design will make this a modern course.

“With our historic East Course and recently renovated North Course, I can’t think of where you will find three better courses each with distinct differences in appeal and playability,’’ Walls said. “This is truly a milestone and exciting time for our club. The enthusiasm from prospective residents and members has exploded following the opening our new clubhouse and the project will only further enhance the level of excitement around our community.’’

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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