Golf News for Friday, July 5, 2013 | Real Estate

Florida's Old Palm Golf Club welcomes Ian Baker Finch as member

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Old Palm Golf Club - the premier private and exclusive residential community in the Palm Beaches - welcomes major champion Ian Baker Finch as a new resident and member.

Baker-Finch and his family - wife, Jennie, and daughters Hayley and Laura - recently moved into the elegant Golf Estates neighborhood, purchasing the Marseilles model from Mustapick Estates Homes. Baker-Finch, who still frequents the Champions Tour, will utilize the 7,400-yard Raymond Floyd-designed golf course and world-renowned 33-acre Golf Studio to help keep his game sharp.

Already home to three of the world's most elite golfers - Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen - and the illustrious Raymond Floyd, Baker-Finch further solidifies Old Palm's reputation as the premier private Club community in the Palm Beaches.

"After establishing himself as one of the world's finest golfers, Baker-Finch branched out into other aspects of the game and has been just as successful in his other pursuits," says Connie McGinnis, Director of Sales. "Old Palm is a perfect fit for him and his family because our dedication to excellence is equally diverse and extends into our extraordinary golf facilities, vibrant Club life, indulgent services, and superior homes."

The Australia-born Baker-Finch has won 16 tournaments worldwide on all four major tours, including the 1991 Open Championship. He has also served as a President Cup co-captain, is involved in a golf course design company, and is a commentator on CBS Sports' golf coverage of the PGA Tour. "Finchy," as he is affectionately called on the broadcasts, has been one of the network's most insightful golf analysts since 2007.

"The golf facilities are beyond compare, but golf alone wasn't the deciding factor to make the move to Old Palm" says Baker-Finch. "The combination of the golf, Club, service and the extraordinary choice of homes make it a stand-out community in the Palm Beaches."

The Golf Studio at Old Palm has earned a reputation as one of the best game improvement facilities in the U.S. It includes a spacious double-ended range, V-1 and Trackman equipped hitting bay, short-game area and three regulation practice holes - a par 3, 4, and 5 - on which golfers can replicate every shot and angle they encounter on the par-72 course.

Old Palm's tournament-quality golf course presents an enticing blend of power and precision-oriented holes. The front nine is routed through sweeping savannahs and wetlands while the back nine is carved through indigenous palm and pine trees. Traditional square tee boxes give the course a classic feel, and large landing areas and subtly-elevated greens emphasize approach shot values.

Designed to mirror the intimate scale of a Palm Beach estate, Old Palm's Mediterranean-style clubhouse pampers residents and members with fine and casual dining, resort-style pool, and a luxurious spa and fitness facility. Just steps from the pool and clubhouse, Old Palm's Casitas are the perfect guest-entertainment venue with charming tropical d├ęcor and well-appointed suites.

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About Old Palm Golf Club
Old Palm Golf Club stands alone as the premier private club community in the Palm Beaches with new estate homes ranging from $1.2 to more than $15 million. Situated in the heart of the community is a clubhouse with formal and informal dining, full-time concierge and attentive staff, Fitness Center, Spa, resort-style pool with private cabanas, Casitas for overnight guest accommodations, and other amenities. The Raymond Floyd signature championship golf course and Golf Studio reflect a passion for the game.

Ideally located in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens, Old Palm is close to an abundance of shopping, dining, entertainment and beaches. Palm Beach International Airport and North County General Aviation Airport (for private jets) are only minutes away. Old Palm is being developed by Clarion Partners, a leading real estate investment firm with over $25 billion in assets under management.

Shane Sharp (704.519.8381)
Buffalo Communications

Jane Milbrandt (786.459.7794)
Buffalo Communications