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New clubhouse at Par 3 to open this winter

Posted On: 10-20-2013

By Aleese Kopf

Daily News Staff Writer

Get ready for the “best view in town.”

That’s what town officials promise with the new Par 3 clubhouse, which is set to open this winter.

Recreation Director Jay Boodheshwar said the clubhouse completion is the culmination of a public/private partnership that started about six years ago to refurbish the golf course.

“The clubhouse is the final piece of a much bigger puzzle that we started putting together back in 2007,” he said. “It started off as a dream, with a group of interested residents who had a passion and a vision.”

Golf Manager Tony Chateauvert said the new clubhouse will be one-of-a-kind.

“We’ve always had this great golf course on the ocean, but what was lacking was having a clubhouse, and now we have that,” he said. “There’s no place like it anywhere.”

In 2007, residents Steve Hall and Floyd Wideman formed a grassroots group of about 12 other golfers to plan the restoration of the 39-acre, 18-hole course and the addition of a new clubhouse.

Hall of Fame golfer Raymond Floyd agreed to do the design pro bono. Floyd and his late wife, Maria, worked together to form the Par 3 Foundation to raise money for the project.

“I’m excited it’s finally closing the chapter,” Floyd said. “It will be second to none in the U.S. … We will have, without question, the finest public facility. Without doubt, it is going to be something special and something the people of the town will be very proud of. My wife was very involved, and I know she would be proud we finally got it completed.”

The town has received about $5 million in private money for the the golf course re-do and the clubhouse construction, Boodheshwar said.

The $4.5 million golf-course face lift that included adding salt-tolerant greens that require less irrigation, was finished three years ago. The two-story Key West-style clubhouse, with about 6,650 square feet, cost about $3.1 million.

The clubhouse will have a golf store/souvenir shop and men and women lounges on the bottom and Pizza al Fresco’s on the top.

The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The balcony will hold 100 seats and the inside will seat 54, including 12 bar stools.

“The clubhouse was the missing link,” Chateauvert said. “Now the experience you have here is going to be topped off with the ability to grab a bite to eat and enjoy this spectacular view.”

“I believe it will be a popular gathering place not only for residents of the South End, but for everyone in the town,” added former Mayor Lesly Smith, who’s also a member of the Par 3 Foundation. “It is unique in that we have so few oceanfront sites for a casual meal and entertainment.”

Boodheshwar said a soft opening is planned for late December, with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled at 4 p.m. Jan. 17.

“To be able to finish your experience here at the golf course, looking at this beautiful environment that we’re in, it really is priceless.”

 

Source: Aleese Kopf, October 20, 2013, Palm Beach Daily News

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/news/local/dream-to-come-true/nbRkb/

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