Tee It Up at the South Florida Science Center’s Conservation Cup

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Hit the links for a good cause. Revenue raised from this annual golf tournament supports the Center’s Conservation Course, an 18-hole miniature golf course designed courtesy of Jim Fazio and Gary Nicklaus. Each hole is named and associated with a plant or animal species indigenous to the State of Florida, especially our nearby Everglades habitat.

Here are the details:

Conservation Cup Better Ball Tournament
Monday, October 24th, 2016
Mayacoo Lakes Country Club

Player information:
$500 Per Two Person Team
$1000 Per Foursome

Event Schedule:
10:30am Registration and Welcome Lunch
11:30am Putting Contest
11:45am Rules Review
12:00pm Shotgun Start
5:30pm Cocktail Party & Awards Presentation

Click here to register as a 2-some
Click here to register as a 4-some

Tee Up A Design For Your Dream Golf Course In The South End

WPB Golf Course

This Thursday’s SENA meeting will address one big topic: What would South End Residents and those who utilize the golf course like the city to put into a request for proposal for the possible development of the golf course.

A request for proposal (RFP) is a type of bidding solicitation in which the City announces that funding is available for a particular project or program, and companies can place bids for the project’s completion. Think of this as an opportunity to create a “wish list” of ideas that the City can use as a benchmark to help them draft the RFP. This can include things like: where should the entrance be, what size clubhouse, what amenities at the clubhouse, etc.

Need inspiration to get your started? Check out a drone video of the course here.

The meeting will be

Thursday July 7th,
6:30 pm
The South Olive Recreation Center (345 Summa Street)

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Teeing Up Pilates For Golfers

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Trying to shave a few (or, who are we kidding, a glut) of strokes from your golf game? Consider Pilates.

More and more professional and amateur golfers are turning to the total body conditioning of Pilates to improve their game. Why?

Benefits include:

  • Increased club head speed and distance of drive
  • Increased flexibility and spinal rotation
  • Strengthened abdominals and gluteals
  • Keeping your center of gravity aligned over your base of support
  • Balancing the body due to the one-sided nature of the sport

Pilates Studio 1 in the Southend works with individuals to create a golf conditioning program that trains muscles in each side of the body for the specific jobs they are required to do when playing golf.

To apply these techniques for improvement in golf, players need a training program that will produce the greatest results in the most efficient amount of time. With primary focus on core strength, flexibility, stability and balance, while evening out the drastic, and repetitive imbalances put on the various muscles on both sides of the body, Pilates is a great tool for conditioning these smaller isolated muscle groups while correcting any imbalances golfing causes.

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From now until February 29, the Studio is offering 20% off a series of 4 Golfer’s Equipment Classes with promo code LOVEGOLF. (Classes must be taken within two months of purchase.)

Ready to jump in, but new to Pilates? Owner Marian Llamas advises starting with the basics.

“The Golfer’s Equipment Class is an intermediate Pilates class, so it’s not meant to teach the beginner concepts of Pilates- it’s meant for those that already know the concepts. If someone wants to take this class and they don’t have previous Pilates experience, they can join us for our beginner mat classes for a few months and then move up to the Golfer’s Class.”

There’s no better time to up your game and lower your score.

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Pilates Studio 1
5508 South Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
pilatesstudio1.com
info@pilatesstudio1.com

 

What Will Happen To The West Palm Beach Golf Course and 8111 South Dixie Property? Find Out The Options This Thursday.

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For months we’ve been talking about the future of the West Palm Beach Golf Course and the 8111 South Dixie (the former IHOP location).

This Thursday, the City’s economic development team together with several outside experts hired to workshop the future of the property will show off some ideas for the future of both the course as well as the city-owned property at 8111 South Dixie Highway.

Four economically realistic possibilities will be presented. The experts working on the project have put together the options based on market conditions and what developers would be be willing to build given the economic realities of the properties. The information will be a recap of a presentation recently given to the City Commission. (Rumor has it that one of the scenarios features a waterside marina with shops and restaurants.)

Attend the meeting to find out all the details…

6pm on October 15th
South Olive Community Center
345 Summa Street

The New West Palm Beach Golf Course: The Public Spoke, But Did The City Listen?

WPB Golf Course

In recent months, the city has been looking to WPB residents to give their opinions on the future of 8111 S. Dixie Hwy, the Palm Coast Plaza, and the West Palm Beach Municipal Golf Course.

Among the ideas proposed by the City were to shrink the Municipal Golf Course to a Par-3 course or to a 9-hole course and develop the land as residential property.

In a September 8 city commission workshop, Natasha Alonso, Director of urban design and planning for consultant group Redevelopment Management Associates, said that residents made it clear they wanted the course to remain 18 holes and have a clubhouse that would “make it more than a golf course — a true gathering place.” They were also pushing for more trees, better entrance approaches and more of a connection with the surrounding community.

RMA heard what the public had to say- kind of. While all the options they presented left the course with 18 holes, three of the four proposals would shorten the course from slightly to significantly.

The Palm Beach Post described the four scenarios from RMA (which range from an estimated $5.9 million to $19.5 million) as follows:

Scenario 1
Scenario-1

Described as requiring the “least invention,” would redesign entries on the north and southeast of the course; add 16 townhomes near Forest Hill; improve landscaping, shading; add bike paths; and redesign the canal waterfront to have more of a connection with the course, which would remain a 72-par, 7,000-yard regulation/championship course. The negatives: it doesn’t maximize waterfront potential, and since it offers little opportunity for private residential development the project would solely rely on public money. Estimated price: $5,933,3766.

Scenario 2
Scenario-2

Introduces a road that rings the course; puts a clubhouse on the south central part of the course, near the water; also has 16 townhomes but adds 218 residential units around the course at a variety of prices; adds heavy landscaping, a perimeter path, promenade, fishing pier, kayak-launch area and a connection to the Dreher Park bike trail. The downside: shifting the clubhouse to the south and adding housing means reconfiguring and shortening the course to a par-62, 4,775-yard executive course. Price: $12,908,156.

Scenario 3
Scenario-3

Has entries in the north and southeast; adds a road that rings the course and another that goes through the middle, with 225 houses there and 18 townhouses in the north. The course is reduced to a par-63, at 5,170 yards. The site connects to Dreher Park trail. Southeastern placement of the clubhouse brings opportunity for a connection with the city’s 8111 S. Dixie Hwy. property and “under-bridge connections to really activate that waterfront,” consultant Natasha Alfonso says. Waterfront would include a kayak launch, pavilions, fishing pier, possibly a small restaurant and dock at the clubhouse. Cost: $12,319,815.

Scenario 4
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A marriage of the least-intense and most-intense development scenarios. It contemplates apartment buildings three to six stories tall with 250 units on the east side of the course. The course is left at almost its existing size, with no ring road or central road. The canal would be dredged to make room for 33 houses surrounded by water. The clubhouse would be in the south central section of the waterfront, with a public marina. The trade-off: Most if not all the golf course size would remain but the mid-rise condos would add height and density. Price: $19,493,512, a number elevated by the cost of dredging and sea walls.

Other key points that came out of the workshop:

  • The course is not for sale.  Mayor Jeri Muoio once again asserted that the City has no plans to sell the golf course.
  • Commissioner Shanon Materio revealed her preferences. Materio, whose district encompasses the golf course, said she preferred Scenarios 1 and 4 as they left the course intact as a full-sized championship course and are the most do-able for potential developers. She also stated that she does not oppose putting houses around the course or scenarios that would put housing on Mary Brandon Park.
  • The next step. According to Muoio, the city is looking for redevelopment partners and will present options in meetings with the public soon.

This project is far from over…or even getting started…stay tuned for more…