The Extraordinary Provenance Of BallenIsles Country Club
1964 – 1973
PGA National Golf Club – In 1963, legendary Florida developer John D. MacArthur and the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of America contracted with renowned golf course architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee to design a world-class golf facility. For the next ten years, BallenIsles (then called PGA National Golf Club) hosted major tournament play and was the home of the PGA of America. The Club hosted the PGA Seniors' Championship, the PGA Championship, the World Cup, the first PGA Merchandise Show and the original qualifying school for the PGA tour players.
1973 – 1988
JDM Country Club – In 1973, with the expiration of the MacArthur/PGA of America agreement, the Club was renamed JDM Country Club. For the next 15 years, it operated as a prestigious local golf and country club and continued to host many celebrities and professional golfers on the three famous golf courses.
1988 – Present
BallenIsles Country Club – In 1988, the three golf courses and surrounding property were sold by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and renamed BallenIsles Country Club. A multimillion-dollar, multi-year plan to develop a private country club community was initiated. Since the early 2000s, BallenIsles Country Club has always been rated among the top 100 Clubs in America.