Tequesta Country Club: Proud To Be The Best

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Tequesta Country Club

Tequesta Country Club

The Tequesta country club community is recognized as being among the best communities that offer a luxury country club living lifestyle, along with sports and recreation facilities to its members.

The development of the Tequesta Country Club began in 1955. This was the time when  land developer Charles Martyn noticed this wonderful spot and decided to make it a club for luxury living. Initially he built the Jupiter Inlet Colony, the J.I.B. Club, and Waterway Village. Later on, he noticed another piece of attractive land located to the west. He bought these 350 acres of land and built the Village of Tequesta. In 1958 Martyn bought another piece of land located on the east side of the community, which brought the community up to 1,077 acres. By the early 60’s there were around 300 residents. The village was expanded to 600 home sites, which today cost from $300,000 up to $5 million.

In 1956 John P. Kurtz, Jr. and Walter F. Lathrop joined Charles Martyn; together, they built an opulent golf course that would attract not only avid golfers, but those who were ready to try the sport for the first time, but needed a vacation showcase to make the experience worthwhile. They hired Dick Wilson, a  noted golf course architect to design the Tequesta course. December 12, 1957, which was the official opening day included an exhibition golf match with Arnold Palmer, Dow Finsterwald, Truman Connell and club president, Jack Kurtz, participating. After the opening ceremony Finsterwald was named Club Pro. He was the one who brought attention to Tequesta when he won the PGA Championship in 1958. He had the name of Tequesta boldly printed on his bag during the championship and this was the best advertisement for the newly opened club. Soon Jack Nicklaus also joined these golf celebrities and started playing at Tequesta Country Club.

As the golf course gained  in popularity,  it was separated from Martyn’s Development Company. In 1963, the course became private. However, a crisis occurred when unfilled membership slots, loss of fees from the public, and unreasonably low dues combined to produce a $125,000 deficit. In order to improve the financial situation, bonds and stock shares, as well as Life Memberships were sold. These ideas notably improved the financial situation of the Tequesta Country Club, and in a few years it reached financial equanimity.

Today, the 18 hole course remains very popular with golf enthusiasts. It runs6,421 yards from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.6 and it has a slope rating of 123. The pro shop offers the best equipment and attire from well-known brands like Cobra, Titleist, Callaway, Nike, and Taylor Made. There are always top golf professionals there available to assist golfers with group or individual training sessions. High tech videos and golfing software allow players to view corrections in their swing techniques without leaving the driving range. Golf lovers are always kept busy with regularly held tournaments – men, women, mixed tours.

Those who love tennis will also find something special at Tequesta. Two Har-Tru clay tennis courts are perfect for daily play and for organizing special events. The tennis calendar is always busy with both competitive and friendly games.

The clubhouse is the place for fun and fine dining and relaxation. In the summer of 2009, the clubhouse was fully renovated to provide a warmer atmosphere. An outside bar was opened for dining under the stars. The clubhouse welcomes all special events including business outings, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and holiday celebrations.

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