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Ibis Recognized as a Platinum Club of America
We are privileged to be recognized again this year as a Platinum Club of America, nominated by Club Leaders Forum, the preeminent consulting source in the private club industry. Platinum Clubs of America recognizes the top 5% of private clubs in the nation, as elected by Club Managers, Presidents, and Owners, using criteria approved by its Advisory Board, which is comprised of 15 Club Managers from some of the most respected private clubs in America. For 2023-24 Ibis is ranked 49th out of the top 150 country clubs in the nation.
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Ibis–Setting the Scene
Back in December PGA Tour star Brooks Koepka spent the day at Ibis filming commercials for his new equipment sponsor, Srixon Golf. Click the images below to check out the new driver (top) and irons (bottom).
Back To Back PGA Tour Starts
Assistant Golf Professional Alan Morin, PGA will be competing in back to back PGA Tour events later this month. At age 52, Alan will be competing against the youngsters in the Honda Classic the week of February 21, followed by the Puerto Rico Open the week of February 28. This will be Alan's 12th appearance in The Honda Classic and fourth appearance in the Puerto Rico Open. Good Luck, Alan!
Award winning journalist Alan Hunter filmed the Heritage Course and the new Driving Range in November for his nationally syndicated TV show, Golf America. Our segment will be aired up to 30 times, and their program reaches an estimated 85-million households in over 130 markets. Check out the entire segment by clicking here or on the image below.
National Awards for our Golf Practice Facility
We are proud to announce the Ibis Golf Practice Facility has received two new awards from Golf Range Association of America (GRAA):
- 2021 GRAA Top 50 Private Facility
- 2021 GRAA Range Renovation of the Year
As part of the award application process, we produced a short video highlighting all the details that make the redesigned facility great! Click here or on the image below to watch it.
Some Big Names Have Been Visiting Ibis!
Our world class golf facilities continue to draw attention! Over the last week, we've had the pleasure of hosting some big names at Ibis for photo and video shoots for School of Golf on the Golf Channel, and upcoming product launches from Srixon! Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els, and Brooks Koepka have all visited our Golf Practice Facility and courses!
Reilly Opelka, who is trained by Ibis's Director of Athletics Jay Berger, was interviewed at Ibis two weeks ago during the Opening Tennis Fair. Read the story in today's Palm Beach Post by clicking here or on the image below.
Reilly Opelka Interviewed at Ibis Tennis Fair
Reilly Opelka stopped by the Ibis Tennis Fair Friday, Nov. 12 for a question and answer session with our Members, pose for photos, and to take a turn trying to dunk Wade Ball at the Dunk Tank. While there, Reilly was interviewed about the upcoming Davis Cup. Click here to see the interview which aired on WFLX-FOX, WPBF-ABC, and WPEC-CBS.
The Club at Ibis Hosted Grand Opening of New Practice Golf Facility
with Annika Sorenstam and Martin Hall in Attendance
The Club at Ibis has long had one of the top instructors in golf in Martin Hall. Now the high-end, private club has one of the most technologically-advanced ranges for Hall and the other PGA Professionals to work his magic.
The Club at Ibis unveiled a cutting-edge range that includes TopTracer technology, becoming the first private club in Florida to offer a staple on PGA Tour telecasts. The range also includes digital yardages, synthetic turf target greens, two new USGA-spec chipping greens and – get this – new robots to pick up range balls and cut grass.
"I could talk a half hour about how fantastic this place is," Hall said. "It's magical, amazing, inspirational … all of the above. It's an absolute treasure chest for anybody who wants to try and get better at golf.
"When you look at what all the best players are doing, they are using technology left, right and center to measure their performance and improve their performance. When used correctly, technology will accelerate your progress."
The club also debuted its Ibis Golf Academy featuring Martin Hall. The 66-year-old Hall has been at The Club at Ibis since 1997 and has done more than 350 episodes of School of Golf as Golf Channel's lead instructor.
Hall conducted a one-hour clinic with Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam to celebrate the new range. Fitting, because the 10-time major player performed like a machine while winning 72 LPGA Tour titles and 10 majors.
Sorenstam spoke about how when she started her career, there was almost no technology in the game. Now it's everywhere.
"I wish I had something like this when I was growing up," Sorenstam said. "I've never seen anything like this. It's massive with lots of different targets and tees. Getting instant feedback is so important to improving your game."
Now the Club at Ibis members can get access to the same level of information provided to the world's best players. This technology should lead to lower scores and increased enjoyment.
"This allows our members to hit any type of shot they'll experience on the golf course," said Ben Bauer, Ibis' director of golf. "Every shot will react the same way it will on the golf course. This is another way to offer our members amenities they can't get elsewhere."
Ibis Assistant Golf Professional Alan Morin at the Senior PGA Professional Championship
After holding the 36 hole lead at -9, Ibis Assistant Golf Professional Alan Morin finished at -11 and in a tie for 4th place in the national Senior PGA Professional Championship. This finish punches Alan's ticket to yet another major championship, the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This will be played May 26-29, 2022. Alan qualified for last year's Sr PGA Championship as well and made the cut at famed, Southern Hills. Please join us in congratulating Alan!
Member Raymond Brunelle aced the par-3 16th hole on the Heritage Course on Oct. 2, and again four days later.
Click here or on the image below to read the story in The Palm Beach Post.
Congratulations to Alan Morin, Awarded 11th Player of the Year Award from the South Florida PGA, Qualifies for Next Year's Honda Classic!
"Winning Player of the Year was the farthest from my mind this year, but I started playing well so I kept trying," Morin said. "These young guys are so good and they hit it much farther than I do. But I'm still able to hang with them."
Click here to read the story from the Palm Beach Post.
Jay Berger Quoted in the Palm Beach Post
Ibis's Director of Athletics Jay Berger was quoted in The Palm Beach Post's article announcing his son, Daniel Berger's, appointment to the United States Ryder Cup team! Congratulations to Jay and Daniel!
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Ibis at the US Open
Tuesday, at the 2021 US Open in New York City, American and World No. 24 Reilly Opelka served 33 Aces in his first round win against Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea. Reilly, who is coached by our Director of Athletics Jay Berger, won in straight sets and will play his second round match on Thursday against Lorenzo Musetti of Italy. Click here to see highlights from the match.
Several Ibis Members also made the trip to New York to watch the US Open and cheer on Reilly. Pictured from Left: Tom and Doreen Costa, Bruce Allen, Jay Berger, Paula Arthus, Terri Cass, Margaret Quinn, Al Osofsky, and Napoleon Arthus.
Increasing Member Satisfaction
Did you see the PGA Magazine article highlighting Ibis retail? Click here or on the image below to read the full story beginning on page 132 of the digital viewer!
Reilly Opelka Climbs to World No. 23
The No. 1 American tennis player Reilly Opelka climbed to a new career high ATP World Tour ranking of 23. Opelka who is coached by Ibis Director of Athletics Jay Berger, reached the Finals at the Masters 1000 in Toronto, Canada on Sunday, Aug. 15. On his way to the finals Opelka beat current World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas and the 2017 ATP World Tour Champion Grigor Dimitrov.
Click here or on the image below to read the story from ATP Tour and watch the match highlights.
Congratulations to Fitness Director Nadine Moody for her feature in Southern Exposure's July publication as The 2021 Best of Palm Beach County Community Choice Awards' Best Personal Trainer! Click here or on the image below to see the digital publication.
The Club at Ibis was quoted multiple times in an article from The Palm Beach Post about private golf clubs. Click here or on the image below to see the full article.
The Palm Beach Post included Jay Berger's promotion to Director of Athletics in the business section of their July 12 publication.
Ibis's Director of Athletics, Jay Berger, and his son Daniel grace the cover of the May issue of Florida Tennis Magazine.
The Club at Ibis has earned an honorable culinary distinction.
Club and Resort Business and Resort Chef have released their list of Top Ranked Culinary Experiences. Their independent panel of judges, composed of industry leaders and executives, voted Ibis 9th (out of 81) on their list of Top Ranked Culinary Experiences for 2021! (Click here to see full list.)
This places Ibis in the company of the nation's top clubs. The rankings reflect the judges' scoring that included data on annual food-and-beverage revenue, membership size, weekly cover counts, a la carte and banquet menus, food costs, certifications, facility photos and more.
Congratulations to Executive Chef Jerome Nicolas, Executive Sous Chef Joshua Giro, Director of Operations Sharon Meirav, Director of Food and Beverage RJ Zinner, and their dedicated teams.
Congratulations to Joe Milazzo and the team in the golf fitting studio, Alan Morin and Rich McClure.
Callaway awarded them a Top 100 Fitter in the country!
Alan Morin, PGA Assistant Professional at The Club at Ibis, fired a 4-under par to finish with a 68 on Tuesday to cruise to a six-shot victory in the South Florida PGA Senior Open at Imperial Golf Club. Morin took a two-shot lead in the final round after a flawless 63 round on Monday, thanks to a personal-best six consecutive birdies. Click here to read the full story.
Congratulations are in order for our very own Fitness Director Nadine Moody, who won First Place as the Best Personal Trainer in the Palm Beach Post's Best of Palm Beach County contest! Nadine started her career at Ibis in March 2000 relocating from Pennsylvania where she held the position as Fitness Director at the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA. Many of her Ibis clients have trained with her for over 20 years and she enjoys every minute of those training sessions. Her position at The Club at Ibis in addition to the Director's responsibilities includes teaching fitness classes such as Zumba/Latin Dance, Step, Spin, and Strength.
The Club at Ibis was a finalist as the Best Country Club and won First Place as the Best Golf Course (for the 2nd year in a row!)
Thank you for your votes!
The Club at Ibis is featured in the April issue of Executive Golfer Magazine.
Executive Golfer is distributed in 2,000 private clubs throughout the US and all domestic AA Admirals Clubs and American Express Centurion lounges. Their social media following is a mix of 40,000 key influencers, including private club members, club champions, golf journalists, Tour players and industry influencers.
This issue focused on Ibis Club & Activities, with quotes from Judie Budnick, the ICA chair. The story is live on their homepage under the LIFESTYLE section at www.ExecutiveGolferMagazine.com.
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Ibis has a two-page editorial in the March issue of Palm Beach Illustrated in their special section: Best Golf and Country Club: click here to view it.
Ibis Charities was featured in the February edition of
Each year, Ibis Charities, the official foundation of The Club at Ibis, accepts applications for grants from over 120 Palm Beach County nonprofit organizations. The mission of the foundation is to provide family and social services, health and wellness programs, educational, art, cultural and environmental opportunities.
This year, right before the traditional release of funds to the final applicants, COVID-19 took the world by surprise, impacting every facet of every life, whether it be in business and commerce, employment, health and even being able to be with immediate family members.
The foundation had to make the critical decision ... Click here to read entire article.
The virus that made golf contagious from The Tee Times magazine.
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PGA pro: Alan Morin has been hired by the Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach as professional PGA assistant. Click here to read the article.
Check out this episode of Golf America, a weekly syndicated television program featuring golf courses, resorts and clubs. Golf America is seen in 9 out of the top 10 television markets in the U.S.
This episode features Ibis, with appearances by Stephen LoGiudice, Ben Bauer, Robin Boretti, and Director of Golf Instruction, Martin Hall, click here.
Katie Finney Named one of Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers
Katie Finney, PGA/LPGA, recently returned to Ibis from Texas, was named one of the Best Young Teachers in America by Golf Digest! See the full article by clicking here, and join us in congratulating Katie!
For the 2nd year in a row, Ibis donated a Thanksgiving Day feast to the Quantum House. The Quantum House is the residence where parents can stay if their child is being treated in a medical facility in the West Palm Beach area.
Click here for the story in the Palm Beach Post and on WPTV.
The recent winner of the South Florida PGA's Player of the Year is your Equipment Specialist at the new Golf Equipment & Fitting Center - Alan Morin. Click here to read the article from The Palm Beach Post.
The Club at Ibis is proud to announce that it has once again been recognized as a Platinum Club of America, as determined by Club Leaders Forum, the preeminent consulting source in the private club industry.
“The Club's Board, management and staff are thrilled with this announcement. Being named a Platinum Club is the most respected recognition in private club excellence,” said General Manager/COO Stephen LoGiudice. “We are constantly challenging ourselves on how we can improve our Member experience.”
Established in 1997, Platinum Clubs of America recognizes the top 5% of private clubs in the nation, as elected by Club Managers, Presidents, and Owners, using criteria approved by its Advisory Board, which is comprised of 15 Club Managers from some of the most respected private clubs in America. Platinum Club status is awarded to clubs in five categories: Country, Golf, City, Athletic, and Yacht Clubs. The Club at Ibis was recognized as #56 out of the top 150 private country clubs in the nation and selected among criteria such as universal recognition, excellence in amenities and facilities, governance and prudent fiscal management, and The Member’s overall experience.
This announcement comes on the heels of Ibis being named a Distinguished Club with Elite Status from BoardRoom Magazine.
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The Club is very pleased to announce that it has been awarded the designation of a Distinguished Club for the sixth year in a row, as determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. This year we maintained our special recognition, giving Ibis the “Elite” designation, after meeting additional criteria, including being viewed as in the top echelons of local and regional reputation and recognition.
For fine private clubs that operate at the highest standards, BoardRoom magazine’s entirely merit-based Distinguished Clubs award program uses a club-specific rating system that recognizes the club, its management, and its staff based on a proprietary criteria and evaluation process that distills and measures a club’s Member Experience. As such, the rating system used by Distinguished Clubs is different from any that has come before, and with it, the private club industry now has the means to identify the top private clubs based on the most important aspect: Member Experience.
As defined by Distinguished Clubs, “Member Experience” is that special combination of “Qualities” that a private club provides its members. It is not just the quality of service, or of the facilities, or of the product provided, it is also the quality of the staff and of the management, as well as the overall club governance they deliver.
The Ibis Charities was featured in the July/August issue of Club Management, the official publication of the Club Management Association of America.
Click here, and flip to page eight to read how the Ibis Charities has pivoted during this pandemic to help those suffering during these uncertain times.
A Club with a Big Heart
The August 2020 issue of Executive Golfer magazine, has an article detailing what Ibis has done to retain some of the services offered to Members during COVID-19 related closures. Ibis’s Director of Communications Kallie Langberg and Director of Operations Sharon Meirav were interviewed for the article.
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Ibis Friends of Veterans donated $150,000 to local charities assisting our veterans. WPTV covered the story. Click here to view the story.
Ibis's Director of Tennis Instruction, Jay Berger, spoke with the Golf Channel on Father's Day about how his son Daniel, got into golf.
Click here to watch the interview.
Daniel Berger won the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial on Sunday in a playoff over Collin Morikawa. Daniel is the son of Jay Berger, Ibis's Director of Tennis Instruction. Congratulations to the Berger family!
Ibis Charities was recognized in Florida Weekly for their check distributions and contributions during the pandemic. Click here to read the article.
Thank you Ibis Members!
Reilly Opelka, who is coached by Ibis’s Jay Berger, won the first professional tennis match in the United since the pandemic halted sporting events. Opelka defeated Miomir Kecmanovic 3-1 to become the UTR Pro Match Series champion. The Tennis Channel and UTR set up the event on a private tennis court in West Palm Beach, not far from Ibis.
Click here for the CBS news story.
IBIS VOTED BEST COUNTY CLUB
GOLF COURSE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
For the second consecutive year, The Club at Ibis has been voted the Best Country Club in Palm Beach County during the Palm Beach Post’s “Best of Palm Beach County” awards. The Club at Ibis also won for the Best Golf Course.
That’s two major accolades for The Club at Ibis in a county often referred to as “the golf capital of the world.”
The Palm Beach Post hosted a red-carpet Gala announcing the winners of their “Best of Palm Beach County” Community Choice Awards. More than 270,000 votes were cast from local residents nominating their favorite business or service across 163 different categories.
Reilly Opelka, at 6-foot-11 the joint-tallest ranked player in the ATP, continued his career climb Sunday when he won the Delray Beach Open for his second career title.
Opelka, who trains here at The Club at Ibis, defeated Yosihito Nishioka 7-5, 6-7 (7-4), 6-2 to win. His first victory was at last year's New York State Open.
Opelka, who saved a match point in his semifinal victory against Milos Raonic, has been working with Jay Berger, our Director of Tennis Instruction the last two years.
Opelka, 22, was ranked 54th in the world going into the event. His big win was front page news in the Palm Beach Post sports section.
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The Ibis Charities’ Fashion Show and Food Drive were recognized in Florida Weekly.
Ibis's Director of Golf Instruction, Martin Hall, is featured on the cover of the February issue of The Tee Times, which is distributed to golf clubs and retail stores throughout Southeast Florida.
Click here to read the article (pages 6 & 7).
Ibis is featured in the 2020 issue of Links Magazine's Premier Property Guide.
Click here to read and view complete article (pages 68-69.)
Jay Berger is the Face of Tennis Instruction in the January issue of Palm Beach Illustrated.
Click here to see publication (page 143.)
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