Waterfront Properties | Real Estate News, Information & Blog - Blog Archive: May, 2013

Have you ever watched rowing at the Olympics and thought that it would be fun to try? Well here is your opportunity to give it a shot.

On Saturday, June 1, US Rowing will hold its 12th annual National Learn to Row Day at rowing clubs and health clubs throughout the United States.

istock_000001536711xsmall_425One of the rowing clubs participating in the event is the North Palm Beach Rowing Club here in Northern Palm Beach County. NPBRC is based out of Bert Winters Park in Juno Beach.

Rowing is not only a great form of exercise, it is also one of the oldest Olympic sports in existence. It is also another great way to get out on the water and enjoy the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Competitive and recreational rowers range in age from 12 to over 90, so it is never too early or too…

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Warren Bottke is the PGA Master Professional at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter and now he is also the president of the South Florida PGA.

Bottke, who has been a member of the PGA since 1994, has been recognized over the years for his ability to use golf buzzwords favored by the PGA of America through lessons and clinics he conducts for golfers of all skill levels. In 2005, he received the national Horton Smith Award for his dedication to developing and improving education opportunities for PGA professionals.

The Abacoa golf pro is also one of several club professionals who serve as an adjunct faculty member for the PGA’s Professional Golf Management program at several universities throughout the country. He can now add South Florida PGA president to…

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In a five year period, basketball coach Mike Larkin and his Hoops City program has sent countless high school seniors to college on basketball scholorships. Larkin has coached and trained players in the United States, Europe, and the Bahamas, so it's no wonder the Jupiter resident has players from all over Palm Beach County coming to play for him.

Since he started his Hoops City program five years ago, the Jupiter resident has coached local girls ranging from fifth to 12th grade. This year, five more of his players recieved scholorships to play college basketball. Kiandra Bowers, Ayanna Holmes, Samantha Goldis, Elizabeth Bolchoz, and Lauren Janka all signed letters of intent to play college basketball at schools throughout the country.

Larkin was a…

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Jack Nicklaus is largely responsible for South Florida becoming a golf mecca. The North Palm Beach resident was the first major golfer to call the area home and set up roots. He built the Bears Club in his back yard and attracted some of the best golfers in the history of the sport to come join him. While Nicklaus has become synonymous with South Florida, he still keeps his connection with Ohio strong.

Before moving to Florida in the winter of 1970, Nicklaus spent his early years in Ohio. Born in the town of Upper Arlington, he attended Ohio State. Ohio has always held a special place in his heart and in 1974 he opened Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. Then in 1976, he started his own tournament at the club, the…

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Ernie Els and his wife Liezl have been big proponents of autism research for several years. Since their son Ben was diagnosed with autism in 2008, Els has been doing all he can for autism research with his Els for Autism foundation.

030113_spt_honda_065_982_982The Jupiter resident got a major boost on Thursday, the same day he teed it up at the BMW PGA Championship in England. Palm Beach County commissioners unanimously approved plans for the Els Center for Excellence to be built on 25 acres of land in the Limestone Creek area in Jupiter.

The Els Center for Excellence will cater to about 300 students and is expected to become the "epicenter" for autism research. The $30 million charter school will include four buildings, a swimming pool, a small golfing area, and a running…

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Ibis Golf and Country Club will be expanding its clubhouse and adding a new "sports village". The current clubhouse, located in West Palm Beach is 50,000 square feet.

The project will add 23,000 square feet to the Ibis clubhouse. The new amenities that will be offered will include a sports bar with a capacity of 243 people, a new kitchen, a library, a card room, and an expanded ballroom and locker rooms.

ibis_2136In addition to those additions and renovations, the new clubhouse will also feature a "sports village" that will include a two-story fitness complex, spa, and wellness and aquatic center.

Ibis also offers its members some of the best golf in South Florida. In addition to the three Nicklaus designed courses, Ibis features one of the premier practice…

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The State Amateur Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur golf championships in the country. So it is only fitting that it will be held at one of the most prestigious and well-renowned clubs in the country.

The Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta is one of the top 100 clubs in the country and has been chosen for the second time in its storied history to host the premier amateur tournament in the state. The top 168 amateurs in the state of Florida will descend on the Hills and Village courses at Jupiter Hills June 20-23 for the 72-hole event. Just like in PGA Tour events there will be a cut down to top 70 players and ties after the second round.

The winner of the State Amateur Championship moves on to…

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Fresh off his win at The Players Championship and with the week off from competition, Tiger Woods went to Las Vegas to take part in a charity event for his foundation.

istock_000020358915xsmall_427_09The 15th annual Tiger Jam concert and fundraiser featured a concert from Kid Rock and a poker tournament with professional poker players Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, and Phil Hellmuth. The weekend event raised over $800,000 for the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.

The event started on Friday with a round of golf at Cascata Golf Club. Kid Rock and Chris Paul were part of Woods’ group on the course. After the poker tournament took place on Friday night, Kid Rock took the stage on Saturday, playing some of his hit songs. Saturday also brought the charity auction. Some of the…

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After months of discussion and debate, the governing bodies of golf have finally announced the decision to ban the anchored putting stroke. The USGA and R&A, golf’s governing bodies, announced Tuesday morning the addition of Rule 14-1b to the official rules of golf.

anchored_putt_ban_776The new rule will take effect on January 1, 2016 when the next edition of the Rules of Golf is published. The new rule states that players competing under the USGA or R&A rules will no longer be allowed to “anchor” the putter to their bodies in any way. The longer putters will not be banned but once the new rule takes effect, they will not allowed to anchored on any part of the golfer’s body.

Over the next two and a half years, golfers off all skill levels will have the opportunity to adapt…

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The TPC Four Seasons was set up for golfers to go low on Thursday morning. Over an inch of rain fell in the Dallas area Wednesday night, leaving the greens soft and giving the players the green light to go for the pins. That, coupled with no win and preferred lies in affect, left the course ripe for the taking in the opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Classic.

That’s exactly what Keegan Bradley did. Going out early in the morning, the Tequesta resident took advantage of the favorable conditions by shooting a course record 60. With a round of 10-under, Bradley tied the tournament record, joining Arron Oberholser and Sam Snead as the only players to ever shoot a 60 at the Byron Nelson Classic. The previous course record at…

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