From its inception, golf has been at the heart of the John’s Island Club
If golf at John’s Island Club could be characterized with one word, it would
experience. While the courses have
be “friendly.” There’s a great game of
evolved over time, as has the game,
golf for every golfer no matter the
anyone looking to make golf their main
skill level. Of course, the challenge
recreational outlet couldn’t do better than
of tournament-level play is available
John’s Island. Not only do the members
when you want it, but after the scores
appreciate the exceptional management
are tallied, this is a membership that
of the facilities, but through participation in the Golf and Green Committees, actively participate in the management and future of their golf club.
adjourns to the 19th Hole with pats on the back and good cheer for all. And isn’t that the way it should be?
Relax Loosen your grip Youâ€™re home .
Where It Begins Nothing personifies golf at Johnâ€™s Island Club more than Director of Golf, David Marad. A former PGA Tour player, David has demonstrated his passion for making the membersâ€™ golf experience the best that it can be. For more than 25 years, he has earned a sterling reputation as an excellent teacher, mentor to his golf pro staff and collaborator with the greenskeeper and others to assure top-notch facilities. David skillfully and professionally manages the golfing lives of members, and we all enjoy the game more because of him.
DAVID MARAD director of golf
CHARLIE POOLE, head golf starter
Amenities Par Excellence John’s Island Club provides exceptional locker rooms for both ladies and men. Players meet up at the outdoor 19th Hole for a post-game snack and cool beverage. John’s Island Club maintains two golf pro shops — at the main Clubhouse and the West Course — for the convenience of members. Emphasis is on the latest equipment to improve your game. No need to drive into town for balls, a new driver, golf attire (for children, men and ladies), bags, and accessories. But most importantly, members appreciate the friendly, knowledgeable staff, all golfers themselves.
pro shop 19th hole
Get Your Game On John’s Island Club members are fortunate to have three outstanding courses, each with five sets of tees so every level of player, from novice to low handicapper, can enjoy a great round of golf. Improving your game is possible, too, given the full roster of instruction available—from private lessons to group clinics to golf school for juniors new to the game. Another improvement tool is our three-hole, short game practice range. There are a wide variety of games to join, or just make your own. Tee times can be made online and starters are extremely accommodating. Cart or walking? It’s up to you. Caddies are available at the West Course.
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DAVID MARAD director of golf PATRICK BERRY head golf pro west course STEVE HUDSON head golf pro north / south courses Greg Pheneger golf course manager
Thanks to David Marad and his team, Johnâ€™s Island Club courses have become popular venues for prestigious amateur tournaments. Not only does this expose non-members to our professional golf operation, it provides some great tournament play for members to watch. In recent years, the following tournaments have been held here: U.S. Open Qualifying, Florida Mid-Atlantic Championship, Florida Open, and Society of Seniors Invitational.
“The West Course is one of my favorite places.” Tom Fazio — MARK MULVOY
Mark Mulvoy talks with Tom Fazio Mark Mulvoy is the former managing editor of Sports Illustrated, a John’s Island resident and Club member since 1990, and Tom Fazio’s friend since the 1970s. Tom Fazio is rated by his peers as the world’s preeminent golf course architect. His designs are known for capturing the unique character and natural beauty of every site. He designed John’s Island Club’s West Course in 1988. MM: How did your relationship with John’s Island Club begin?
This was an assignment I was really happy to take on.
TF: I was approached by the club in the mid80s to look at a site some distance west of the residential community. I was told that demand among members was high and they needed a third course.
MM: And the result?
MM: What did you think when you looked at the site? TF: Two things. This course didn’t have to accommodate residential housing, a great opportunity for any designer. Also, the site— on top of a sand ridge with significant elevation changes—was very appealing to me. However, I knew I could deliver a better design if they acquired an additional piece of land. MM: Did they listen? TF: They went right out and bought it! That showed a real commitment on the Club’s part.
TF: I was very happy with the result, because the course is both challenging and playable. And the Club continues to make improvements where needed due to environmental factors. Not all clubs or course owners make that investment. MM: How does the West Course rate among the more than 200 courses you’ve designed? TF: The West Course stands out in my mind because it’s built on a sand ridge just like Jupiter Hills in Palm Beach County, a course designed by my uncle, George Fazio, which I worked on early in my career. I think it’s fair to say that the West Course is one of my favorite places.
The Fazio Challenge Johnâ€™s Island west Course Arrive at the lauded West Course and you immediately see why it is special. Built on a natural sand ridge, it features stunning elevation changes, the antithesis of the usual flat South Florida course. Therein lies the challenge, but also the promise of a thoroughly enjoyable game. The featured Par 3, 13th hole offers tees that range from 183 yards to 105 yards and requires the player to navigate a peninsula green with both severe and subtle breaks. A par is well earned on this picturesque par 3. Architect: Thomas Fazio Year Built: 1988 72 par | 6,828 yards
STANDARD 68.3 126 MIDDLE w 76.0 141 standard w 72.9 128 FORWARD w 69.0 116
Twisting Oaks and River Views John’s Island North Course The North Course is the Club’s longest test of golf and demands accurate, well-placed tee shots. The closing stretch of each nine has a player dreaming of pars. Holes 6 through 9 are long and demanding. Finally make it to holes 16 through 18 and even the most dedicated golfer can lose his focus thanks to the stunning views of the Indian River Lagoon, known affectionately locally as “the river.”
Architects: Pete Dye, Craig Schreiner Year Built: 1973 71 par | 6,782 yards tee
STANDARD 66.5 123 FORWARD 64.1 114 MIDDLE w
STANDARD w 71.4 125 FORWARD w 68.3 119
Southern Beauty John’s Island south Course The South Course is the essence of a shotmaker’s course, requiring accurate tee shots and approaches to well-bunkered greens. Eight of the nine back holes on the back nine feature water hazards which put a premium on driving. The 15th hole calls for a carry over water to avoid a bunker on the left and the looming oak tree on the right. Once you’ve reached the fairway, you still have work to do to get home in two shots with a long iron. Par is a great score on this signature course!
Architects: Pete Dye, Craig Schreiner Year Built: 1973 72 par | 6,567 yards tee
STANDARD 67.0 124 FORWARD 64.1 121 MIDDLE w 75.5 142 STANDARD w 72.1 131 FORWARD w 68.7 119
A TYPICAL GOLF WEEK AT JOHN’S ISLAND CLUB * Sunday
major events for members
Mixed Event North & South
Monday Monday Clinics Nine & Dine North & South Tuesday Ladies Day North & South Men’s Choose Up West Wednesday Ladies Niners Guest Day North & South Thursday
Men’s Guest Day
Men’s Back Tee South Junior Clinic
Saturday Ladies 24 & Under Men’s “Amigos“ * Open tee times always available for sign up.
Ladies President’s Cup
Men’s President’s Cup
Men’s Team Championship
John’s Island Invitational
Niners March Madness
Men’s & Ladies Club Championship
Nine Holers Club Championship
Senior Club Championship
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