Florida is treasured for its wildlife and nowhere is it more abundant, or more revered, than within Ibis Golf & Country Club on the western outskirts of West Palm Beach.
Just a few miles west of I-95 and minutes from the elegance and diversions of the Palm Beaches, this private golf community bordered by the 12,000-acre Grassy Waters Nature Preserve feels like an oasis of natural beauty. From the moment you enter royal palm-lined Ibis Boulevard, you feel a world apart.
The landscaping is lush, scenic lakes accent the grounds, and birds—spoonbills, blue heron, sandhill cranes, and ibis—are always in view. Nature permeates everything. The streets are lined with trails for walking, jogging, and biking in the midst of the beauty. Ibis has a flavor unlike any other luxurious residential community in this desirable region of Florida.
If golf is your passion, this is the only club in the world with three Nicklaus family courses (Jack, Jack II, and Steve) and each of them is unique. Jack’s Signature Legend course features an abundance of mounding. Jack II’s Heritage gives you the benefit of generous fairways, but requires more water carries. And Steve’s Tradition is more links style, with undulating greens that place a premium on your short game. Play all 54 holes and you’ll never see the same hole twice. Monthly complimentary clinics keep the active membership engaged. Heading up an instructional staff of 11 is Martin Hall, host of Golf Channel’s popular program, School of Golf. One the country’s premier instructors, Hall is a veteran of the European Tour and has taught players on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, and LPGA Tour, including Morgan Pressel.
While the superb quality of the golf may initially draw some to Ibis, it is the extraordinary quality of life (what they refer to as The Ibis ExperienceTM) that makes this multi-generational membership well satisfied. Members may choose from four levels of membership, each specific to their individual interests.
Great pride is taken to create as many activities to enjoy as possible. That is important, as this is a year-round south Florida community (more than half the members consider this their permanent home) that is engaged and very active every season. Facilities are open all year and there is always a lot going on, including tennis (14 Har-Tru, HydroGrid-lighted courts plus a bustling program), fitness, yoga, water aerobics, card games, kids’ camps, and popular member events held at the Clubhouse.
Cultural opportunities abound thanks to the tireless efforts of the Ibis Cultural Association. Members can participate in acting and writing workshops, take language and art classes, perform in musical presentations, showcase their photography, and sharpen their cooking skills. The roster of events is diverse and full.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep members busy, last fall construction began on a $33 million new Sports Village and Clubhouse enhancement and expansion. An unbelievable gathering place for members and their families, the Sports Village will consist of a two-story fitness complex, full-service spa, casual bistro, and a resort-style aquatic center. Here members will enjoy Pilates, Yoga, swimming laps, relaxing in the spa, or dining poolside with friends. Expansion of the Clubhouse includes a chef’s table in the kitchen, spacious cultural activities room, new locker and card rooms, library, expanded ballroom and pre-function spaces, and several dining venues including a formal dining restaurant and bar, casual pub with an outdoor terrace, and main grille dining overlooking the pristine golf courses. The full project is scheduled for completion in late 2015, with the Sports Village opening in October of 2014. Member services will be available throughout construction.
With more than 1,800 homesites featuring lake, golf, or preserve views in a collection of 33 beautiful neighborhoods, there is plenty of choice when it comes to finding the home that suits you best. Ibis offers everything from condominiums, villas, single-family homes, new construction and large estate homes, priced from the mid $100,000s into the millions.
Ibis is an equity club owned by the members, who are justifiably proud of their spectacular amenities, unsurpassed lifestyle, and well-earned reputation. The much-awarded club was named the Sunshine state’s 2012 & 2013 Community of the Year by the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards.