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BallenIsles Country Club hosts FLCMAA Seminole Region Charity Golf Tournament

Charity tournament & marathon golf events combined anticipated to raise more than $1 million, bringing the total since inception to over $10 million for local charities

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (June 11, 2024) – BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. recently hosted the Florida Club Management Association of America (FLCMAA) Seminole Region Charity Golf Tournament. Held on Monday, June 3, the event included a vendor showcase, brunch, golf activities on BallenIsles’ 16.5 acres of practice grounds and ‘71 Learning Center, an 18-hole golf tournament on the Club’s East Course and a dinner/meet the charities event to conclude the day. With 40-plus sponsors and more than 100 golf participants, the tournament benefited nine local charities, including Special Olympics Florida, SOS Children’s Village, George Snow Scholarship Fund, Fuller Center, First Tee of the Palm Beaches, 4KIDS, Caring Children Clothing Children Inc., Boca School of Autism and Junior Achievement.

BallenIsles Country Club last hosted the FLCMAA Seminole Region’s charity golf tournament in its infancy some 24 years ago. Since then, the group has raised over $10 million, including closing in on $1 million from the 2024 charity golf tournament and marathon golf events this year.

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2024 FLCMAA Seminole Region Charity Golf Tournament Committee at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Left to Right: Ryan Artim, High Ridge Country Club, Chris Hull, Bear Lakes Country Club, Michael Gibson, Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club, Robert Martin, Wycliffe Golf & Country Club, Mark Ruszczyk, First Palm Beach Property Mgt., Kathy Gibson, The Bear’s Club, Matt Lambert, Vice Chairman, The Country Club at Mirasol, Michael McCarthy, Chairman, Addison Reserve Country Club, Larry Savvides, Hunters Run Country Club, Stephen LoGiudice, The Club at Ibis, Gary Collins, Vice Chairman, Marathon Golf, Ed Latalladi, Frenchman’s Reserve, J.J. Sehlke, Coral Ridge Country Club. Not pictured: Matthew Linderman Boca West Country Club, Eben Molloy, Woodfield Country Club, Brett Morris, The Club at Admirals Cove, Corey Saban, CS Media Works

“Anytime you can pull our industry together to provide to charitable organizations, especially for children, we will always proudly be first in line to host or participate in any event. What Jay, Michael and many others have done over the years is special and meaningful, and we are humbled to be a part of it,” said BallenIsles Country Club General Manager and CEO Ryan Walls.

“Year after year, our goal is to surpass the accomplishments of the past, further embedding ourselves as integral part of these young lives,” said FLCMAA Foundation Chair Michael McCarthy. “It is only with the support of the participants, sponsors and volunteers that we are able to continue to offer such a wonderful event for the benefit of the children in our community.”

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About the Florida Chapter of the CMAA
The Florida Chapter of the Club Management Association of America (FLCMAA) is the professional Association for managers of membership clubs in the state of Florida. With over 900 members across all classifications, managers run more than 350 country, golf, city and yacht clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote and advance friendly relations among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character; to encourage the education and advancement of its members; and to assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations.

The Florida Chapter, recognized as the organization's largest Chapter representing close to 12 percent of all CMAA members worldwide, is a subsidiary of the Club Management Association of America (CMAA). Florida Chapter members meet regularly for education and networking events in four geographic regions around the state: Everglades, Gator, North/Sunshine and Seminole.

The Club Management Association of America (CMAA) is the professional Association for managers of membership clubs. With close to 7,000 members across all classifications, our manager members run more than 3,000 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs. For more information on the FLCMAA, 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 21-court tennis and 9-court pickleball complex; 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. 

The recent $9.3 million golf enhancements to the East Course by Nicklaus Design, practice grounds and ‘71 Golf Learning Center follow the construction of a $1.3 million pickleball complex in 2021; and the 2020 redesign of BallenIsles’ South Course by famed golf course architect Rees Jones. The Club also recently announced a $19 million renovation and expansion project of the Club’s existing Sports Complex. Construction began in 2023 with project completion slated by the end of 2024.

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Becky Collison
BallenIsles Country Club
Director of Marketing & Communication