BallenIsles Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
This private club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is completing an extensive renovation and an expansion to a increase the size of the square footage to 125,000 or the current membership’s enjoyment and future growth.
Our designers are working on a large outdoor living space addition for members to dine and gather, a new a la carte restaurant, an expanded card room, and updates of all finishes and materials in all areas of the clubhouse. The main dining room is being extended to focus on panoramic views of the golf course while accommodating more members. A new lobby lounge with expansive ceiling details and views will work in conjunction with the club’s existing bar. BallenIsles is scheduled to be completed this summer.
J. Banks Design Group worked closely with project architect Chapman Coyle Chapman & Associates to ensure the interiors and the architecture were beautifully in sync. We also paid close attention to the storied history of the property in our design choices.
BallenIsles Country Club History
In 1963, legendary Florida developer John D. MacArthur and the PGA of America teamed up with golf course architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee to design a championship-caliber golf facility. Over the next ten years, BallenIsles, then called PGA National Golf Club hosted numerous major tournaments like the PGA Championship and PGA Seniors Championship and was home for the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. The Club also was the playing site for the original PGA TOUR Qualifying School and held the inaugural PGA Merchandise Show.
When the MacArthur/PGA of America agreement expired in 1973, the Club was renamed the JDM Country Club for John D. MacArthur. For the next 15 years, the prestigious local country club hosted many celebrities and professional golfers and staged many events on the three golf courses on the property.
In 1988, the three golf courses and surrounding property were sold by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and renamed BallenIsles Country Club. A multi-year and multimillion-dollar plan to develop a private country club community was unveiled. Since the early 2000’s, BallenIsles Country Club has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Clubs in America.