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BallenIsles Country Club leaders play 216 holes of golf, raise $17,500 for The First Tee of The Palm Beaches

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (October 5, 2021) – BallenIsles Country Club General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Ryan Walls and Director of Golf Jeff Fitzherbert played a combined 216 holes of golf on Friday, September 17th to raise funds for the First Tee of the Palm Beaches (rain shortened their goal of 252 holes). Walls and Fitzherbert were participating in the 6th Annual 100 Hole Challenge Golf Marathon held on BallenIsles Country Club’s East Course and raised more than $17,500 for the First Tee of the Palm Beaches through BallenIsles’ member donations and pledges. In 2020, the duo raised more than $15,000 for the First Tee of the Palm Beaches, playing a combined 250 holes of golf.

The two played 108 holes each, over nearly eight and half-hours, covering approximately 18 miles.

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“A great day, raising money for one of our favorite groups, with Fitzy and I on our East course, it can’t get any better,” said Walls. “We are again so grateful to the Club for allowing us to play golf all day and of course for the support once again showed toward the First Tee. We are so proud of our supportive members.”

While their 100 Hole Challenge is complete, Walls and Fitzherbert hope to continue to collect donations for the First Tee of the Palm Beaches through the month of October as the fundraiser website is still accepting contributions. 

For more information on the First Tee of the Palm Beaches and their 100 Hole Challenge Golf Marathon, visit For more information on BallenIsles Country Club, visit

About BallenIsles Country Club       
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 was also the host 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.

A $35 million clubhouse renovation was completed in November 2018, featuring 115,000 square feet of luxurious space; three championship courses with 54 holes of golf; a world-class 23-court tennis complex including an exhibition tennis court and pickleball courts; and a state-of-the-art Sports Complex with a full-service Cosmo & Company salon and spa, fitness center, Pilates & spin studios and resort-style swimming pool. For more information visit

Becky Collison
BallenIsles Country Club
Director of Marketing & Communication