Skip to main content
Loading Gallery...
Palm Aire Country Club Board Member Vicki DeHaai, Board President Bernie Duggan and Vice President Marilyn Keyes cut the ribbon to open the course.

Palm Aire's Champions Course in Sarasota reopens after $2 million renovation

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Palm Aire Country Club Board Member Vicki DeHaai, Board President Bernie Duggan and Vice President Marilyn Keyes cut the ribbon to open the course.

General Manager Joe Rassett and longtime resident Richard Stehle share a laugh after Stehle hit a commemorative shot off the first tee.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

General Manager Joe Rassett and longtime resident Richard Stehle share a laugh after Stehle hit a commemorative shot off the first tee.

The very first shot to open the course was struck by Chris Dibble, who has been a Palm Aire Country Club member for 36 years.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

The very first shot to open the course was struck by Chris Dibble, who has been a Palm Aire Country Club member for 36 years.

Golf course architect Michael Benkusky hits a ceremonial shot. The members were thrilled with Benkusky's renovation.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Golf course architect Michael Benkusky hits a ceremonial shot. The members were thrilled with Benkusky's renovation.

Palm Aire Country Club Board President Bernie Duggan stands with Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh during an opening ceremony for the renovated Champions Course.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Palm Aire Country Club Board President Bernie Duggan stands with Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh during an opening ceremony for the renovated Champions Course.

Bernie Duggan, Doug Hauser, Bill Wachter and Don Stone became the first ones to play the new 18th hole.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Bernie Duggan, Doug Hauser, Bill Wachter and Don Stone became the first ones to play the new 18th hole.

Palm Aire residents Dick Whalen, Geary Richard, John Borys and Nadine Borys begin their first hole of the shotgun tournament that opened the Champions Course.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Palm Aire residents Dick Whalen, Geary Richard, John Borys and Nadine Borys begin their first hole of the shotgun tournament that opened the Champions Course.

Markers on every hole honor residents or sponsors, such as on No. 18. Board President Bernie Duggan stands next to a sign that honors Irv and Anna Mae Kean.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Markers on every hole honor residents or sponsors, such as on No. 18. Board President Bernie Duggan stands next to a sign that honors Irv and Anna Mae Kean.

Those who play the renovated Palm Aire Country Club Champions Course will have plenty of challenges, such as pitching over this lake to the 18th green.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Those who play the renovated Palm Aire Country Club Champions Course will have plenty of challenges, such as pitching over this lake to the 18th green.

Palm Aire Country Club member Delores Jacksland was chosen to hit one of the first shots because she is tied as the longest term member at 36 years.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Palm Aire Country Club member Delores Jacksland was chosen to hit one of the first shots because she is tied as the longest term member at 36 years.

Palm Aire resident Bill Wachter reacts after rolling in a long putt.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Palm Aire resident Bill Wachter reacts after rolling in a long putt.

It's not only people who love the renovated course.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

It's not only people who love the renovated course.

Nadine Borys sends a screamer down the 18th fairway.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Nadine Borys sends a screamer down the 18th fairway.

Don Stone drives the ball down the 18th fairway. Stone was the only one in his foursome not to hit the ball in the bunker on that hole.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Don Stone drives the ball down the 18th fairway. Stone was the only one in his foursome not to hit the ball in the bunker on that hole.

Bill Wachter does a little dance after hitting off the tee at No. 18.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Bill Wachter does a little dance after hitting off the tee at No. 18.

The morning sun rises over the Champions Course at Palm Aire Country Club.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

The morning sun rises over the Champions Course at Palm Aire Country Club.

Palm Aire Country Club Board President Bernie Duggan goes into his backswing to drive the ball down the fairway.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 |

Palm Aire Country Club Board President Bernie Duggan goes into his backswing to drive the ball down the fairway.

Related Stories

Advertisement