Future residents of the 26-floor, 120-unit Seaglass high-rise tower to be built by The Ronto Group within Bonita Bay will enjoy an award-winning lifestyle that is the result of initiatives undertaken by the Bonita Bay Club. After the purchase of the Club from the Bonita Bay Group in April, 2010, a new executive management team started a planning process for Vision 2013, a project focused on enhancing the clubhouse and the community’s extensive golf operations. The goal was to offer more in the clubhouse without making it larger and to improve efficiencies within the golf pro shop.
Recognizing the golf pro shop had the best views at the clubhouse, the decision was made to transform it into the 55th Hole, an approximately 3,500 square feet high-end casual bar. The design created a captivating indoor/outdoor venue. Nano doors open the inside to covered and open outdoor spaces and a patio that hosts the largest fire pit in Florida. Inside, the design affords views of a minimum of three televisions from every seat. Eight 60-inch television screens area incorporated into a structure suspended over a square Cheers-style bar in the center of the room. A 127-inch media wall with 18 LED panels can function as one screen or as four. The 55th Hole quickly became a favored place. Ninety-seven percent of the members visited the venue last year.
To better serve a golf operation that accommodates 12,000 rounds annually, a two-story, 15,000 square-feet golf pro shop was built adjacent to the clubhouse. The facility includes underground storage and charging for 260 carts and storage for 2,600 golf bags. Director of Golf E.J. McDonnell, PGA oversees a staff that includes 25 PGA Professionals. Ten of the PGA Professionals and seven Fitness Professionals are Titleist Performance Institute Certified, creating one of the largest programs in the country. An extensive instructional program includes private and group lessons, golf schools, and clinics on three dedicated practice areas. Members have access to the latest equipment and professional club-fitting services.
The entire kitchen and dining areas in the clubhouse were redone. An enormous and highly unique buffet that is the only one of its kind was incorporated in the dining space. Areas with solid surface cooling tops, a cooking area in the center of the nearly 40-feet long buffet station, and subsurface mounted heating elements that allow sternos free warming of chaffing dishes are included in the design.
As Vision 2013 unfolded, the Club embarked on a new initiative. Vision 2015 is focused on the community’s sports areas and targeted improvements to the fitness and spa operations. There was a desire to replace a 10,000 square feet fitness and spa facility adjacent to the tennis complex. In January of 2014, the Club purchased a three-story building in the Promenade adjacent to Bonita Bay. The building has been transformed into a 60,000 square foot Lifestyle Center that includes a nearly 20,000 square foot Fitness Center and Fitness Café, and a 9,000 square foot spa and salon. The Lifestyle Center contributed to Bonita Bay being recognized as one of the ten healthiest clubs in America by Prevo Health Solutions. The America’s Healthiest Clubs award is conveyed to private clubs focused on the cultivation of a healthy environment and lifestyle.
The first-floor lobby of the Lifestyle Center features a soaring two-story atrium. Visitors are greeted by a Concierge. The spa, full service salon, and a multi-purpose room are located on the first floor. Accessed by either an elevator or a floating staircase with glass side rails, the second floor is dedicated to the Fitness Center and Fitness Café. The Fitness Center is the premier Technogym facility in the United States. The Italian made, Technogym equipment includes cardiovascular, strength, functional fitness, and kinesis machines. The Technogym functional fitness equipment works on a 360-degree range of motion platform rather than a dedicated linear range of motion. In addition to the open spaces for the cardiovascular, strength, functional fitness, and kinesis machines, the Fitness Center includes dedicated rooms for group fitness, spin, Pilates, and Gyrotonics, as well as a dedicated golf training studio.
With more than 750 members who play tennis regularly, the Club also set out to enhance its tennis facilities. A rearrangement and slight expansion of the 18-court tennis complex was completed in December and included the addition of a large exhibition court and two oversized courts. In 2016, the 10,000 square feet building that formerly housed the fitness center and spa will be transformed into a tennis clubhouse with casual dining and an indoor/outdoor bar. The space will include a tennis pro shop, locker rooms, a stretching room, multi-function rooms, and a relaxing lobby area. Nano doors will open the entire space to the outdoors and the new exhibition court.
In summer 2017, the Club will begin work on an aquatic center contiguous with the tennis clubhouse. The tennis clubhouse bar area will extend onto the pool deck. The aquatic center design is in process. The intention is to create a visually stunning, functional area that is as comfortable on the front page of Architectural Digest as it would be on the cover of Club and Resort Business magazine. Dedicated areas for both children and adults will be included. The Club envisions the aquatic center holding a level of appeal that will make it an ideal setting not only for day-to-day recreation, but also for events.
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