Florida LINKS Living Fall 2013
a supplement to LINKS Magazine FLORIDA LINKSliving A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF PRIVATE GOLF COMMUNITIES AND MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES First, American Golfers Adopted Our National Attire. Now They’re Adopting Our National Drink. are world famous and our national cocktail is now well on its way. Called the Dark ’n Stormy,® it’s Gosling’s luscious Black Seal Rum over rocks with our zesty Stormy Ginger Beer and an optional lime garnish. Simple. But intricately delicious, instantly refreshing. And winning zealous followers at 19th holes all across the U.S. One taste is all it takes. We Bermudians know a thing or two about keeping cool. Our shorts, of course, Gosling’s. For Seven Stubborn Generations. www.goslingsrum.com W e make it slowly, stubbornly. Please enjoy it slowly, responsibly. 40% ABV. Product of Bermuda. Castle Brands, NY , NY. PUBLISHER’S letter The Funtime State I’M PLEASED TO BRING YOU another edition of FLORIDA LINKSLiving. If there’s any state in the country that epitomizes the golf community lifestyle, it’s Florida. They call it the Sunshine State, but perhaps they should call it the Funtime State because there’s so much to do, starting with the great golf. There are more than 1,200 courses—the most of any state. Of course, the best are found at communities like the ones in this issue. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Design at The Concession in Bradenton near Tampa is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the state. With fast, undulating greens that fall off to tightly mown chipping areas, they could hold a major championship there tomorrow. On the other coast in West Palm Beach at Ibis Golf & Country Club is another Jack Nicklaus Signature that is also a must-play with water coming into play on more than half the holes. It’s actually a family affair at Ibis with Jack’s sons, Jack II and Steve, designing the other two terrific courses. A little farther south you’ll find Boca West, where the King himself, Arnold Palmer, designed not just one but two of the four courses there, while Pete Dye and Jim Fazio created the others. Range finders in every cart eliminate looking for yardage on sprinkler heads, while the paspalum turf on the Fazio and Dye courses handles the south Florida climate beautifully and hardly ever presents a bad lie. The same eco-friendly, never-a-bad-lie turf is also used tee to green at Talis Park Golf Club in Naples, where you can find one of just two Greg Norman-Pete Dye courses in the world. Dye says he’s never seen a course with such great conditions, and he’s seen a few. Also in the Naples area is TwinEagles with its two outstanding courses that have hosted both LPGA and Champions Tour events. Both are in their best shape in years, with one completely redesigned, while the other was restored to its original grandeur. These communities are really sprucing things up because people are no longer just looking. They’re buying. The real estate market is bustling, but prices are still affordable. I wouldn’t wait too long, however—prices are just going to rise from here. If Florida is your cup of tee, so to speak, I urge you to visit one of these great communities or LINKSGolfRealEstate.com and start doing your due diligence. Haven’t you waited long enough? Sincerely, Jack Purcell President and Publisher firstname.lastname@example.org 2 FLORIDA LINKSliving FALL 2013 4 contents 4 8 Boca West Country Club An unwavering commitment to extraordinary service and amenities has made this private residential country club one of the best in the country The Concession The rebirth of one of the country’s great private golf communities offers an outstanding opportunity to experience a celebrated golf course, superb amenities, and attractively priced homes 8 12 12 Ibis Golf & Country Club This Palm Beach enclave with three Nicklaus courses offers the best of both worlds—city sophistication and convenience in a lush oasis of unexpected tranquility 16 20 16 Talis Park Golf Club Old-fashioned grace wrapped in a new-fashioned lifestyle TwinEagles on the cover: Talis Park Golf Club On Florida’s west coast, two great courses and a commitment to high On the cover: standards are supported Ibis Golf & Country Club by savvy economics 20 3 FALL 2013 FLORIDA LINKSliving Boca West Country Club I An unwavering commitment to extraordinary service and amenities has made this private residential country club one of the best in the country t is no small feat to be named the nation’s top private country club (nine years running nonetheless) by the Platinum Clubs of America. But in Boca Raton, a city rich with the world’s finest private clubs found any“We are in the member-pleasing business,” says Jay DiPietro, club president and general manager. “We understand what people want and don’t want. We work hard at it. And we recruit and hand pick the nicest, friendliest, most attentive people in the world to work here.” More than 800 of those hand-picked employees work in the club during peak season. where, that numero uno ranking among the elites and the bragging rights that come with it just might be the most satisfying honor. Boca West Country Club, perfectly situated on 1,400 lushly landscaped acres between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, isn’t just one of the topranked clubs in the country. With more than 6,000 residents, it is also one of the largest. Everything is bigger than life here, from the magnificent clubhouse, sports center and spa to the four championship golf courses to the six separate dining venues that rival the top restaurants of any major city. And while the club’s size allows it to skillfully handle any member function, and serve 900 for dinner in the clubhouse, Boca West’s biggest asset isn’t its grand scale, but its staff. FALL 2013 ABOVE: The clubhouse can accommodate a variety of social events. OPPOSITE: The cascading water feature at the club’s Aquatic Center BELOW: A waterfall serves as the backdrop at the 18th green on Fazio II. ABOVE: The golf experience overall is first class, starting with the lush landscaping. RIGHT: The 506-yard 18th on Palmer I features a nifty “beach bunker.” FAR RIGHT: With more than 30 courts, tennis is huge at Boca West. BELOW: The Spa lobby’s waterfall sculpture The members appear to be well pleased. Thirty five percent of them live here year round, a figure double or better that of other southern Florida communities. They love it so much that they can’t wait to tell their friends about the place. That “word of mouth” is the main factor in selling homes. Even in lean real estate years, Boca West will still sell an impressive 100 homes a year. “Our members support our club because they treasure it here,” says DiPietro. “They are proud of their club.” What’s not to be proud of? The community, the clubhouse, and all the facilities seem forever young because everything is constantly refreshed. Started in 1970, the club has never had an assessment and everything looks brand new. The golf experience, like everything else, is first class. The four golf courses, by Arnold Palmer, Jim Fazio and Pete Dye, have all been rebuilt since 1997 and offer not just great golf, but lots of it. With member tournaments typically attracting 500 participants, multiple courses are a necessity. Palmer I, the first course completed here, is a true championship golf course and often the venue used for big tournaments. Fazio II, with its waterfalls at the 9th and 18th greens that spill over hand-sculpted stones, is considered the most aesthetically pleasing. When they hired Dye to design course IV, they told him they wanted a Pete Dye course that was playable. FALL 2013 6 FLORIDA LINKSliving Boca West Country Club 20583 Boca West Drive Boca Raton, Fla. 33434 561.488.6934 BocaWestCC.org Pa l me r I PAR: 72 YARDAGE: 7,220 YEAR FOUNDED: 1997 ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer Fa z Io II “I’ll build you a golf course I would want to play every day,” Dye said. And he did exactly that. There are so many details that enhance the golf experience. Laser finders in every cart eliminate looking for yardage on sprinkler heads, while the paspalum turf on the Fazio and Dye courses handles the south Florida climate beautifully and hardly ever presents a bad lie. In addition to separate locker rooms and card rooms for men and women, they each have their own extensive pro shops as well. While golf may reign supreme, tennis flourishes here, too. More than 30 Har-Tru courts, a full schedule of tournament and social events, an active junior program, a new Tennis Center (opened April 2013), and exhibitions by some of the sport’s best players, keep things busy courtside. You can’t spend any time here without discovering that food is a very big deal at Boca West. The club has a well-earned reputation for providing its members an incredible dining experience. The food is so good and so appreciated, members have no need to travel outside the gates for gourmet dining. DiPietro never forgot advice he received early in his career: “Some people play golf, some people play tennis. Everybody eats.” And eat they do. The club serves a remarkable three quarters of a million meals a year through its six restaurants. The menus, from FALL 2013 7 poolside casual to elegant fare in Panache, and the venues are designed to serve every taste. Likewise, there are a number of options for living in this paradise. Condominiums from the $100,000s to $8 million homes in re-gated neighborhoods are available. One of the convenient membership perks is the ability to select the option that suits you best on an annual basis. While social membership is the PAR: 71 YARDAGE: 6,811 YEAR FOUNDED: 2005 ARCHITECT: Jim Fazio Pa l me r III PAR: 72 YARDAGE: 6,753 YEAR FOUNDED: 1999 ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer Dy e IV PAR: 72 YARDAGE: 6,954 YEAR FOUNDED: 2006 ARCHITECT: Pete Dye minimum, every year you can pick and choose what other memberships you would like, including individual golf memberships. BELOW: Members can choose from six different dining venues. FLORIDA LINKSliving FLORIDA LINKSliving The Concession P OPPOSITE: JIM MANDEVILLE The rebirth of one of the country’s great private golf communities offers an outstanding opportunity to experience a celebrated golf course, superb amenities, and attractively priced homes remier golf club communities begin with a vision—a passion to create a special place to play, to live, to feel at home. But it is the rarest of all communities that is inspired by a home in sight. There are no tee times, every hole feels like a signature hole, and the course’s design and limited membership let golfers feel they have the place to themselves. Opened near Sarasota, Florida at the height of the last real estate boom, The Concession, developed by Core Development and Property Markets Group, enjoyed immediate success. The golf course, with its tournament quality conditioning (they will host the ABOVE: The Clubhouse is filled with all kinds of golf memorabilia, with particular emphasis on the 1969 Ryder Cup. OPPOSITE: The green on the 543-yard 13th is protected by bunkers. BELOW: Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, past Ryder Cup captains, are honorary club members. moment. Not just any moment, but the greatest in the long history of sportsmanship. The Concession was born from that historic act. The story is legendary. On the final hole of the 1969 Ryder Cup match at Royal Birkdale, Jack Nicklaus conceded a two-foot putt to Tony Jacklin to halve their match that resulted in the first overall tie in Ryder Cup history. Nicklaus’s gesture became known as “the concession” and marked the beginning of a lasting friendship between the two that became the inspiration for one of America’s great golf course communities. Designed in association with Jacklin, the Nicklaus Signature Golf Course was hailed by Golf Digest as the “Best New Private Course” when it debuted in 2006. Spanning over 520 pristine acres, this is a course full of thought-provoking, strategic challenges and nary a FALL 2013 FLORIDA LINKSliving 9 ABOVE: Formal meals are served in the Clubhouse’s elegant Dining Room. Members enjoy casual and private dining, as well. BELOW: There are only 236 homesites, most more than an acre in size, available on 1,200 acres. 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Championships) and the country’s highest slope rating, won praise far and wide. On the real estate side, the first phase of 114 homesites sold out quickly, with prices ranging from $500,000 up to $1.3 million. Then the world changed overnight. Real estate at the community, like countless others across the country, went into a holding pattern. If you want to know the true character of a place, look at what it does when the going gets tough. Even in daunting market conditions, The Concession invested in the club, continued their relentless pursuit of perfection, and stayed committed to their membership. Real estate may have been at a standstill, but the club certainly wasn’t. In 2009, while others were looking for ways to shave their budgets, The Concession opened a spacious new clubhouse worthy of the Cup. With wide verandas overlooking the golf course and lake, the clubhouse features a men’s locker room complete with lockers for 25 of the living Ryder Cup captains. They introduced an exceptional culinary experience. Their Bistro was honored with an invitation by the James Beard Foundation to host a performance dinner at the Beard House, the equivalent of a culinary Oscars. A venue for members to gather and socialize, the new club proudly proclaimed to the world, “We’re here!” The club also brought Nicklaus back to review his course with an eye toward improving the fun factor without losing any of its toughness. They introduced national memberships, golf cottages, and added a Young Professional category to their membership offerings. Now, with the real estate revival in full swing, they are poised—with new homesite prices starting in the $200,000s—to offer tremendous value to homebuyers with the introduction of their second phase. The timing is impeccable—250 homes have sold for $1 million or more already this year in the Sarasota area. The market is hot again and this low-density FLORIDA LINKSliving community is ready with its final 135 homesites. From the winding entrance drive, past hammocks of 100-year-old oaks and towering pines, past sandhill cranes standing sentinel over acres of natural beauty, the allure of The Concession is immediate. The Old Florida landscape is evocative of North Carolina, but improved by the warm Florida winters. You get the sense that this type of community will never be duplicated again. Its expansive 1,200 acres are home to only 236 homesites. Many of those remaining homesites are one acre in size—perfect for creating real backyards and ensuring coveted privacy. The Concession’s rebirth is ringing true with homebuyers. More often than not, new owners are saying they have finally found a lasting home and that this is the last place they will build. In the past three months, just barely after opening the second phase, they have already sold 25 homesites. Long embraced as a vacation getaway by the world’s rich and famous, nearby Sarasota adds a zesty pulse to the club’s lifestyle. The cultural scene boasts worldclass opera, ballet, museums, and art galleries. The waters of the Gulf Coast provide plenty of opportunity for boating, fishing, and kayaking, and relaxing at one of the world’s Top 10 beaches—Siesta Key. One of the grandest amenities is the residents’ luxurious 53-foot club yacht available for travel and private parties in Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Even closer to home, are all the conveniences of neighboring 17,500-acre Lakewood Ranch, which provides easy access to a movie theater, restaurants, quaint shops, A-rated schools, business parks, churches, and a top-rated hospital and medical center. Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, which serves more than one million passengers a year, is just 15 miles away. It is true, as they say here, that The Concession is remotely connected to everything. Created from a great moment in golf’s history, The Concession finds itself at another great moment: in the ideal time and place for discerning homebuyers and golfers searching for the home of their dreams. 11 TOP: The 349-yard 12th is a great risk-reward par four. ABOVE: The residents’ 53-foot motor yacht, “The Concession” The Concession 7700 Lindrick Lane Bradenton, Fla. 34202 941.388.0501 TheConcessionRealEstate.com PAR: 72 YARDAGE: 7,474 YEAR FOUNDED: 2006 ARCHITECTS: Jack Nicklaus/Tony Jacklin FALL 2013 FLORIDA LINKSliving FLORIDA LINKSliving Ibis Golf &Country Club F FALL 2013 This Palm Beach enclave with three Nicklaus courses offers the best of both worlds—city sophistication and convenience in a lush oasis of unexpected tranquility lorida is treasured for its wildlife and nowhere is it more abundant, or more revered, than within Ibis Golf & Country Club on the western outskirts of West Palm Beach. has a flavor unlike any other luxurious residential community in this desirable region of Florida. Golf also defines the Ibis experience. This is the only club in the world with three Nicklaus family courses (Jack, Jack II, and Steve) and each of them is unique. Jack’s Signature Legend course features an Just a few miles west of I-95 and minutes from the ABOVE: The sprawling clubhouse can accommodate a variety of social events. OPPOSITE: The Legend’s 159-yard 13th features an enticing island green. BELOW: The club takes its name from the graceful white bird that populates the 1,900-acre community. elegance and diversions of the Palm Beaches, this private golf community bordered by the 12,000-acre Grassy Waters Nature Preserve feels like an oasis of natural beauty. From the moment you enter royal palm-lined Ibis Boulevard, you feel a world apart. The landscaping is lush, scenic lakes accent the grounds, and birds—spoonbills, blue herons, sandhill cranes, and ibis—are always in view. Nature permeates everything. The streets are lined with trails for walking, jogging, and biking in the midst of the beauty. Ibis RIGHT: For bird lovers, Ibis is filled with many species, including sandhill cranes. BELOW: The new pool complex will provide a relaxing oasis for members and guests. is a veteran of the European Tour and has taught players on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, and LPGA Tour, including Morgan Pressel. While the superb quality of the golf initially draws many to Ibis, it is the extraordinary quality of life (what they refer to as The Ibis Experience™) that makes this multi-generational membership well satisfied. Great pride is taken to create as many activities to enjoy as possible. That is important, as this is a yearround South Florida community (more than half the abundance of mounding. Jack II’s Heritage gives you the benefit of generous fairways, but requires more water carries. And Steve’s Tradition is more links style, with undulating greens that place a premium on your short game. Play all 54 holes and you’ll never see the same hole twice. With all three courses just recently re-grassed, new members will reap the benefits of a completely up-to-date experience. What all the courses have in common, beyond the Nicklaus stamp, outstanding layouts, and meticulous grooming, is that the finishing holes of each course comprise arguably the three hardest finishing holes in Palm Beach County, which sits just fine with a membership that loves to play golf. The Club boasts numerous member events and playing opportunities for all skill levels, and remarkably, close to 80 percent of spouses play. Monthly complimentary clinics keep the active membership engaged. Heading up an instructional staff of 11 is Martin Hall, host of Golf Channel’s popular program, School of Golf. One of the country’s premier instructors, Hall members consider this their permanent home) that is very active every season. Facilities are open all year and there is always a lot going on, including tennis (14 Har-Tru, HydroGrid, lighted courts plus a bustling program), fitness, yoga, water aerobics, card games, kids’ camps, and popular member events held at the Mediterranean-style clubhouse. Cultural opportunities abound thanks to the tireless efforts of the Ibis Cultural Association. Members can participate in more than 20 programs, including acting and writing workshops; language, art, and cooking classes; musical presentations; and photography exhibitions. The roster of events is diverse and full. As if that wasn’t enough to keep members busy, construction began this summer on a $33 million Clubhouse enhancement and expansion and new Sports Village. An unbelievable gathering place for members and their families, the Sports Village will consist of a two-story fitness complex, full-service spa, casual bistro, and a resort-style aquatic center. Here 14 FLORIDA LINKSliving FALL 2013 FLORIDA LINKSliving Sand and water lurk everywhere on Legend’s 576-yard 8th. BELOW: The Patio Cafe is located by the heated, 25-meter pool. BOTTOM: The Ibis dog park is a popular amenity among the members. members will enjoy Pilates, yoga, swimming laps, relaxing in the spa, or dining poolside with friends. Expansion of the Clubhouse includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, spacious cultural activities room, new locker and card rooms, expanded ballroom and pre-function spaces, and several dining venues including a formal dining restaurant and bar, casual pub with an outdoor terrace, and main grille dining overlooking the pristine golf courses. With more than 1,800 homes featuring lake, golf, or preserve views in a collection of 33 beautiful neighborhoods, there is plenty of choice when it comes to finding the home that suits you best. Ibis offers everything from condominiums, villas, single-family homes, new construction, and large estate homes, priced from the $200,000s into the millions. Ibis is an equity club owned by the members, who are justifiably proud of their spectacular amenities, unsurpassed lifestyle, and well-earned reputation. The much-awarded club was honored with BoardRoom magazine’s Emerald Club distinction and was recently named the Sunshine State’s 2013 Community of the Year by the Florida Communities of Excellence for the second year in a row. Ibis Golf & Country Club 8225 Ibis Boulevard West Palm Beach, Fla. 33412 561.625.8500 IbisGolf.com TRADITION PAR: 72 YARDAGE: 7,130 YEAR FOUNDED: 2001 ARCHITECT: Steve Nicklaus He RITAGe PAR: 72 YARDAGE: 7,062 YEAR FOUNDED: 1991 ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus II Le Ge ND PAR: 72 YARDAGE: 7,187 YEAR FOUNDED: 1991 ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus FALL 2013 FLORIDA LINKSliving 15 FLORIDA LINKSliving Talis Park Golf Club F Old-fashioned grace wrapped in a new-fashioned lifestyle or visitors to Talis Park Golf Club in Naples, the sense of anticipation as the arched entry gate opens is palpable. Once inside, the eyes are mesmerized by a breathtaking tableau. Tall trees line an exquisitely he does it. It is truly one of the most beautiful courses I’ve seen.” Pete Dye agrees with that assessment. After touring his creation, Dye acknowledged the meticulous care ABOVE and OPPOSITE: Designed by Greg Norman and Pete Dye, the Talis Park course is one of only two courses in the world created by this partnership. LEFT: The Great Lawn is a beautifully executed green space that serves as the backdrop for signature Talis Park events such as harvest dinners, movie nights, concerts under the stars, or impromptu gatherings by owners. landscaped boulevard that winds past orchards, gardens and the glittering lakes and emerald-toned Sea Dwarf ® Paspalum fairways and greens of one of just two Greg Norman-Pete Dye designed golf courses in the world. Acknowledged for its physical beauty and exceptional playability, the Talis Park course is a local legend and regarded as one of the nation’s premier golf experiences. “The golf experience at Talis Park is, above all else, about the Paspalum turf,” says Dave Witt, Director of Golf at the Talis Park Golf Club. “The course includes 133 acres of manicured turf. Everything—the tees, fairways, roughs, and greens—is 100 percent Paspalum mowed to different heights. Our Golf Course Superintendent, Kevin Shields, understands the turf, and maintains the course in a way that is remarkable. The entire course is greener than green. Other clubs send their staff here to speak with Kevin to find out how FALL 2013 FLORIDA LINKSliving 17 ABOVE and RIGHT: Talis Park is the Old World made new, a place where old-fashioned grace is wrapped in a new-fashioned lifestyle that conveys a deeper, more meaningful idea of luxury. FAR RIGHT: The 375-yard 1st and the 401-yard 2nd BELOW: The 368-yard 12th is flanked by water on the left. the course receives by remarking, “I haven’t seen a golf course like this anyplace in the world in as good of shape and condition as this one. Ever. I mean anyplace. Really. And I’ve seen a few.” The Talis Park course is challenging yet extremely playable thanks to the Paspalum turf, wide fairways, and a layout that typically provides left and right escape routes on second and third shots. The turf allows the ball to sit on top of the grass rather than down in it even in the rough. Average golfers can enjoy a round that is more about shot execution than coping with less desirable lies they cannot control. Like the best courses, Talis Park rewards good shots and errant shots have consequences. “Dye did all of the green and bunker work,” said Talis Park Golf Club General Manager Butch Stewart. “Norman focused on the routing of the course and the placement of the fairway bunkers. Dye typically designs very tough courses. We wanted Talis Park to work as a residential course as well as a course for tournament play, such as a pro-am and a collegiate tournament we’ll be hosting next spring. That’s the course we got—challenging, playable, fair, rewards good shots, penalizes FLORIDA LINKSliving bad shots, five sets of tees that allow golfers to enjoy their game. That’s what golfers love about the course. Obviously, they love playing on the Paspalum turf. Most golfers cannot appreciate how remarkable the turf is until they play on it for the first time.” The Talis Park course measures 7,025 yards from the championship tees. A picturesque landscape allows for uphill and downhill holes while providing images of a course set in the valleys of Tuscany. In the tradition of older designs like the Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia high-backed bunkers guard the greens, allowing the long hitter to think twice about club selection. The front nine resembles open and rolling parkland with scattered trees and ends with a descending par four to a peninsula green. The back nine is representative of Italy’s rural farmland, providing a strong contrast to the earlier park-like holes. “Talis Park is about old-fashioned grace wrapped in a new-fashioned lifestyle,” said Stewart. “The golf experience begins the moment someone enters the gate. Dave, Kevin, our Food & Beverage Director Ana Peterson, and Membership Director Nancy Muschong understand this is a very special place reserved for a select group of just 325 members. The service component is as important as the quality of the course. We make it our business to know the personal preferences of our members and to anticipate their needs. It is a total club experience that is as unique as our members.” To learn about the residential opportunities at Talis Park and the Talis Park Golf Club experience, contact the Talis Park Garden House Sales Center at 239-261-6798 or visit TalisPark.com. 19 PAR: 72 YARDAGE: 7,025 YEAR FOUNDED: 2004 ARCHITECTS: Greg Norman and Pete Dye Talis Park Golf Club 16475 Talis Park Drive Naples, Fla. 34110 239.514.1051 TalisPark.com FLORIDA LINKSliving FLORIDA LINKSliving TwinEagles T On Florida’s west coast, two great courses and a commitment to high standards are supported by savvy economics winEagles—the wonderful and welcoming golf community on Florida’s West Coast—gives proof to the old adage that the three most important considerations when buying real In the last three years, one of the two golf courses was redesigned from first tee to final green, while the other was rejuvenated with a hefty helping of tender loving care. An all-new fitness center and swimming pool recently opened, as did an indoor/outdoor Chickee bar that is the perfect after-round watering hole. Chas Tatigian, master of the club’s dining room, was named Chef of the Year by the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation. And the club entranceway was reconceived as an inviting panorama of lakes, fountains, bridges, and decorative plantings. But one crucial element of TwinEagles’ success has not changed: Its commitment to economic stability, OPPOSITE: Eagle Course: 16th hole, 309 yards ABOVE: Talon Course: 16th hole, 162 yards BELOW: New club entranceway estate are location, location, and location. Specifically: —Location #1. TwinEagles is just half an hour from downtown Naples, a growing city with great restaurants, culture, shopping, and miles of beaches along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. —Location #2: TwinEagles’ 1,115 acres show off nature’s bounty in all its glory, from abundant wildlife to lush tropical vegetation. —Location #3: TwinEagles boasts two outstanding golf courses, which have hosted both the LPGA and Champions Tours’ finest. But perhaps what is most impressive about the community is its unwillingness to rest on its laurels. The Ronto Group, which oversees operations, makes sure that TwinEagles consistently lives up to its residents’ needs and expectations by providing the ultimate in residential and golf experiences with timely and intelligent upgrades and additions. FALL 2013 ally known builders. Production and custom homes range from the mid-$200,000s to more than $2 million, assuring there is something for everyone and every taste. One attribute residents all agree on is the richness of the golf, on two courses gaining in international recognition. The Talon Courseâ€”one of the first collaborations between Jack Nicklaus and son Jackieâ€”is as sharp as its name, stretching to nearly 7,200 yards from the way-back Nicklaus tees but no less challenging from four other markers. A modern course in both design and temperament, Talon has comfortably wide ABOVE and RIGHT: The decorative plantings and flowering arch are all part of the new club entranceway. BELOW: Eagle Course: 2nd hole, 605 yards achieved by tying club membership to home ownership. Besides ensuring a strong balance sheet now and into the future, it keeps club dues low ($10,000 a year) and eliminates the need for initiation fees. There are a dozen neighborhoods within TwinEagles, each with a distinct personality and offering home-design options from a selection of elite, nation- fairways but puts a premium on precise shot placement. The gentle mounding that characterizes many holes gives Talon definition while also hiding hazards from view. A favorite with club members, Talon also is one of the most popular courses on the Champions Tour, which comes each year for the ACE GROUP Classic. Just like the FLORIDA LINKSliving locals, the pros have to work hard to score well, especially over one of the toughest finishing stretches on the senior circuit. While Talon has long been the community’s standard-bearer, it’s having to fight for attention with the new Eagle course, which architect Steve Smyers built on the site of an earlier 18. The 2012 host of the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Titleholders event—and winner of the American Society of Golf Course Architects’ first Design Excellence Award—Eagle is a hole-by-hole golf-history lesson featuring classic design elements like square-edged greens, Redanand Cape-shaped holes, and hidden secrets that reveal themselves only after multiple fun-filled rounds. It’s hard to walk off the Eagle without a smile—and a heightened appreciation for Golden Age architecture. The Talon-Eagle twosome mirror the perfectly married elements of modern and traditional found throughout TwinEagles. Homes incorporate the latest construction features while interacting comfortably with the environment. The club is expertly run in an understated manner. Every new improvement must enhance long-term enjoyment while enriching the owners’ investment. Which is why when it comes to location, TwinEagles is the place to land. ABOVE: Talon Course: 2nd hole, 207 yards TwinEagles 11725 Twineagles Blvd. Naples, Fla. 34120 TwinEagles.com 239.354.1700 THE TALON PAR: 72 YARDAGE: 7,193 YEAR FOUNDED: 1999 ARCHITECTS: Jack Nicklaus/ Jack Nicklaus II THE EAGLE PAR: 71 YARDAGE: 7,634 YEAR FOUNDED: 2012 ARCHITECTS: Steve Smyers/ Patrick Andrews FLORIDA LINKSliving 23 FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR Preferred Partners Boca West Country Club The Concession Ibis Golf & Country Club Talis Park Golf Club TwinEagles LINKSMagazine.com/PreferredPartners AT Poured Carefully At The Finest 19th Holes. The Caribbean Journal spent 12 months tasting aged rums from around the globe, then named our Old Rum the “clear winner… the most complete rum in the world.” Talk about winning a Major. Y ou won’t ﬁnd it everywhere, but if you ﬁnd it you’ll know you’ve also found an exceptional 19th hole. Sit, sip and savor. Gosling’s. For Seven Stubborn Generations. www.goslingsrum.com W e make it slowly, stubbornly. 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