Course renovations at the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. club will focus on modernization of the course design, including bunkering, greens complexes and strategy, a complete re-grassing of the course and improvements to playing options. The BallenIsles practice facilities are also being reimagined with new teeing grounds, target areas and practice greens. New short game practice areas, a pitch-and-putt course and a putting course are also part of the new practice facility.
BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. began construction on a multi-million dollar renovation project involving the club’s East Course and golf practice facility. The milestone was celebrated with an April 4 groundbreaking ceremony featuring representatives from the BallenIsles Board of Directors, Nicklaus Design, the project’s strategic design partner, along with Troon, Total Golf and professionals responsible for making the project a reality.
C+RB reported on the club selecting Nicklaus Design in January 2022.
Course renovations will focus on modernization of the East Course’s design, including bunkering, greens complexes and strategy, a complete re-grassing of the course and improvements to playing options for members and tournament players alike. The Nicklaus Design team, led by Senior Designers Chris Cochran and Chad Goetz, will also add length to the current 7,189-yard, par 72 layout. All renovation work is expected to be completed by December 2022.
In addition to the East Course renovations, the BallenIsles practice facilities are also being reimagined with new teeing grounds, target areas and practice greens. The new design incorporates modern-day practice areas and targets to enable members to practice the wide variety of golf shots demanded on BallenIsles’ three championship courses. New short game practice areas, a pitch-and-putt course and a putting course are also part of the new practice facility. A new 3,500 sq. ft. Learning Center will include state-of-the-art technology and serve as an entry into golf, welcoming first-time players and professionals alike.
“It is exciting to begin work on this project, when just a year ago we were here celebrating the 50-year anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ 71’ PGA victory and announcing our design partnership with Nicklaus Design. Little did we know then that we would be returning here, just a year later, to begin work,” said BallenIsles Country Club General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Ryan Walls. “This is an important project for the club, as we continue to evolve the offerings to our membership and reestablish the East to its former glory, recognition and a great test of golf for all players.”
The renovation of the East Course follows the construction of a $1.3 million pickleball complex in 2021; the 2020 redesign of BallenIsles’ South Course by famed golf course architect Rees Jones; and a 2018 $35 million dollar clubhouse renovation. The club is now planning for a $15 million enhancement of its pool, sports complex and racquet sports center set to begin in 2023.