Location: West Palm Beach
Courses: Jack’s Signature Legend Course, Jack II’s Heritage, Steve’s Tradition
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.
Florida is treasured for its wildlife and nowhere is it more abundant, or more revered, than within the gates of The Club at Ibis on the western outskirts of West Palm Beach. Just a few miles west of I-95 and minutes from the 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 heron, sandhill cranes, and ibis—are always in view. The streets are lined with trails for walking, jogging, and biking in the midst of the beauty. Ibis has a flavor unlike any other luxurious residential community in this desirable region of Florida.
Golf certainly 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 are unique. Jack’s Signature Legend Course features an 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.
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.
Heading up a friendly instructional staff of 11 is Martin Hall, host of Golf Channel’s popular program, School of Golf. One the country’s top 50 instructors, Hall 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 ExperienceTM) 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 year-round south Florida community (more than half the members consider this their permanent home) that is engaged and very active every season. Facilities are open all year and there is always plenty going on, including tennis (16 Har-Tru, HydroGrid-lighted courts), bocce ball, pickleball, water aerobics, card games, kids’ camps, and popular member events held at the clubhouse.
Cultural opportunities abound thanks to the tireless efforts of the Ibis Cultural Association. Members can participate in acting and writing workshops, take language and art classes, perform in musical presentations, showcase their photography, and sharpen their cooking skills. The roster of events is diverse and full. BodyMind ConnectionTM programming includes the Club’s annual Health & Wellness Expo, keynote speakers, and healthy menu options at the four on-site restaurants.
Members stay active at the expansive Sports Village, an unbelievable gathering place for families and friends. The Sports Village consists of a two-story fitness complex, full-service spa, casual bistro, and a resort-style aquatic center. Here members enjoy Pilates, yoga, spinning classes, swimming laps, relaxing in the spa, or dining poolside with friends.
The modern Clubhouse (remodeled a few years back) includes a spacious cultural activities room, card rooms, an exquisite ballroom with pre-function spaces, a library, and several dining venues including a formal dining restaurant and bar, casual pub with an outdoor terrace, and main grille dining overlooking Jack’s Legend Course.
With more than 1,800 homes featuring lake, golf, or preserve views in a collection of 33 beautiful neighborhoods, there are plenty of choices when it comes to finding the home that suits you best. Ibis offers everything from golf villas, condominiums, single-family homes and custom 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 readers of the Palm Beach Post voted Ibis as the 2019 Best Country Club in Palm Beach County. The much-awarded club is an Emerald Club of Distinction, a Platinum Club of America, one of Americas Healthiest Clubs.
To learn more, please call 561-625-8500 or visit clubatibis.com.