The project to refine and revitalize the course originally built in 1964 will be led by Rees Jones and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. It will include an all-new irrigation system, cart paths and bunkering and a new set of tees will be added to provide a shorter-course playing option.
BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. has broken ground on its $7.5 million golf course renovation project led by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. The renovation is aimed at refining and revitalizing the 55-year-old South Course that was originally built in 1964 and designed by Joe Lee and Dick Wilson. The project, which was approved by the BallenIsles membership at the end of 2018 (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/ballenisles-cc-members-ok-7-4m-renovation-of-south-course/) is expected to be completed for play in December 2019.
Headed by Project Manager Ron Despain from Troon, the renovation kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony featuring Rees Jones and Bryce Swanson from his firm, Rees Jones, Inc., along with club dignitaries and key members of the team from Total Golf, the contractor completing the work
BallenIsles Country Club’s South Course 6,827-yard, par 72 layout will include a complete tee-to-green makeover, including an all-new irrigation system, cart paths and bunkering.
As part of the South Course renovation, a new set of tees will be added, measuring approximately 4,000 yards, to provide a shorter-course playing option, allowing for five to six various tee settings and angles to challenge different levels of players.
“The South Course’s routing and layout are solid,” said Jeff Fitzherbert, BallenIsles’ Director of Golf. “This renovation project will create a much more attractive course visually, while maintaining and enhancing existing integrity. When complete, members will enjoy a dramatically improved golf experience and have additional shot options during their rounds. We’re excited to have Rees Jones leading the renovation project.”
Added Rees Jones: “We are creating a classic style. The original architect laid out the course well and provided us ample playing corridor to build a thought-provoking course. The remodeled layout will have an ebb and flow throughout the round, and I believe the members are going to enjoy the changes.”
When complete, BallenIsles will offer three modern-day championship golf courses, including the North Course and famed East Course, to accommodate its vibrant and active membership.
“Embarking on this renovation on the heels of opening our new 115,000-sq. ft. Lifestyle Club says a lot about our membership and the quality we expect,” said Ryan Walls, BallenIsles’ General Manager and COO. “We have a vision for our community and club, and Rees will most certainly help form a key piece of the experience we provide our members.”
BallenIsles completed a $35 million clubhouse renovation in November 2018 (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/ballenisles-cc-completes-35m-clubhouse%E2%80%A8-renovation-and-expansion/)