Mariner Sands Charity Week


Charity Week is a 100% volunteer organization of Mariner Sands Members. It is renowned on the Florida Treasure Coast as the largest
community contributor to basic needs charities in Martin County. It is a reflection of the generous and giving spirit of our members.  

We have given Martin County Charities over $2 Million since 2012. Our focus is to help charities that
provide food, clothing, shelter and education to those in need.    

In 2018 Charity Week will be held February 26 to March 5.

See the 2018 Brochure and download the registration forms at

For more information, please visit

Mariner Sands Charity Week Inc. is registered as a not for profit corporation Registered with the State of Florida and approved by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization.


Where at Mariner Sands can you dine fifteen times a week?

The Ashley Grille is a warm and inviting dining space, serving breakfast (five days a week), lunch (seven days a week) and dinner (three days a week).  The new interior has a great “pub like” atmosphere, with an informal setting.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it, the Ashley Grille now has a granite bar top with a brass foot rail.  These enhancements mean that for the first time in Mariner Sands’ history you are able to enjoy dining at the bar! The pendant lighting, sconces and new ceiling fans add to the upscale casual style.

There are now six HD TVs between the patio and the Ashley Grille – you never have to miss any sports games while dining at the club.  To round it out, crown molding was added with softly lit LED lighting, Bankun Raffia wall coverings and custom doors that can separate the main bar lounge from the Ashley Grille.

All of this could not have been done without the guidance of our Decorating Committee, chaired by Sandy Ferrel Ridinger. Countless hours went into the development of the Ashley’s interior design.

In keeping with our pub like atmosphere, a new dinner menu for the Ashley Grille will be introduced on Saturday, December 16th.  We’ll be offering a variety of top grade steaks, made to order custom flatbreads, a number of grilled entrees; house made soups and signature salads.

Look forward to seeing you there!


Golfers, do you know your smash factor?

The new Golf Learning Center, at the far end of the Mariner Sands driving range, offers an improved environment for golf lessons.  With its canopy, it is private, dry and much cooler than the open area of the range.  

Available “Flight Scope / Launch Monitor” technology, at no additional cost, provides your instructor with the ability to measure your swing / club speed, ball speed, spin rate and total yards.  Your club face angle and swing path are identified.  All of the statistics are used by the instructor to improve your game.  And, “if you can handle the truth,” Flight Scope provides a video of your swing which is helpful to visual learners.  The video is optional as some golfers do not want to see themselves swing.  

The new Golf Learning Center is large enough for golf clinics and 3-4 instructors.  Individual lessons remain at $90 for one hour, $50 for one-half hour and $25 per person for clinics. Take a lesson and you will learn about your smash factor.  Sign up for lessons with Tim McKenna, Jim Chorniewy, Loretta Giovannettone or Guy Mancini at the pro shop.



The Mariner Sands Community Library Committee extends a warm welcome to one and all

The Mariner Sands Community Library Committee extends a warm welcome to one and all, new and veteran members of the community, visiting friends and relatives and anyone who enjoys a good read!  

The Community Library is a little jewel and is one of the many bonuses of living in our community. It is housed in the Mariner Sands Chapel, and located to the far left of the building, and is open seven days a week from 8 AM till 8 PM.     

The shelves are stocked with a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including mysteries and thrillers, current bestsellers and all-time favorites, history books, biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, a selection of classics, and an assortment of large print books.  

One can also find a variety of children's books, puzzles and games, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. The books, along with these materials, are available to borrow, enjoy, and then return to library.  

In addition, there is a selection of books specific to Florida and Florida authors which have been donated by residents. The Florida materials form a permanent collection and reside in the library at all times for everyone to enjoy.  

The Library is user friendly with books, for the most part, being alphabetically arranged by author, with biographies and autobiographies arranged by subject. The Library is eager to receive, and is appreciative of, all materials from friends and neighbors. Please remember that the publication date should be no earlier than 2008 to keep the collection fresh and interesting. All donations are regularly reviewed for appropriateness, timeliness, and duplication.  

The "Staff" is a committee of dedicated volunteers whose responsibilities include shelving donations and returns and regularly reviewing the collection. When books are culled, they are donated to various worthwhile organizations. In this way, the Mariner Sands Library provides tangible benefits to the greater Stuart community.  

One of the functions of the Library Committee is to host events, the proceeds from which are used to support Martin County educational endeavors, generally associated with students and reading. In the recent past, funds have been generated to the proceeds derived from an Author's Tea.  

There is a Community Bulletin Board located inside the Library with brochures and notices of upcoming local book and reading related events.  

Having our own Library is unique and convenient luxury.  

For inquiries, contact Kathy Duane.  

- Library Committee


New Golf Teaching Center

    Earlier this summer, we sent an email blast stating our plans for an expanded and dedicated teaching area for private lessons and clinics on the west end of our driving range. With the help of our superintendent, John Lapikas and Greens Chairman, Jack Moran we have accomplished that goal.

   Not only have we enlarged the teeing area and added a putting/chipping green, we have added a mobile canopy, which will enable our instructors to teach in a state-of-the-art environment. We are also using the latest FlightScope video and launch monitor equipment. This new technology is enhancing our student’s lesson experience better than ever before.
   If you are considering purchasing a new set of clubs, this new technology allows us to offer the latest in professional club fitting. Despite popular myths, players of all ages and levels of play can benefit from having golf clubs that fit and match their game. Having the right fitting clubs can make the difference between success and failure on the golf course.

   This is an exciting time for our golf program and we are looking forward to showing all that we have to offer. For the benefit of everyone, we would like to emphasize that this area will solely be used for instruction and Club fittings.



Florida Friendly Landscaping

Dear Fellow Members,   

One cannot help but notice the recent increase in Martin County residential development. Right next door to Mariner Sands Country Club, is a newly cleared thirty five acre development where original woods once stood.  

This project is just one of many currently under way or planned for our area. The Kiplinger family is proposing a 4200 residential unit development on 3300 acres in western Palm City.  We are not sounding the environmental alarm, nor are we about to become an extension of the Broward or Miami-Dade metro areas. However, as Martin County is developed, wildlife habitat is shrinking along with the native trees and plants.  

As our Club continues to evolve and improve, we need to adopt a philosophy of natural and environmentally sensitive landscapes. This will help to ensure the natural beauty, attract wildlife, and maintain the ecosystem within our fences. In an effort to meet that goal, the ARB is pleased to provide some resources for those owners interested in additional information on Florida "friendly" plants, flowers, and trees.  

The local University of Florida Cooperative Extension Office is a great starting point, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart, FL and their telephone number is 772-288-5654. The Florida Native Plant Society is an excellent source of information as well.  They have a website and local chapter here in Stuart. Another valuable resource is the Association of Florida Native Nurseries. There are a number of websites and print materials available for learning more about native landscaping.  

Written Materials
Florida Natural Landscaping, (Dan Walton andLaurel Schiller)
Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants, (GilNelson)
Native Florida Plants for Shady Landscapes, (CraigN. Huegel)
Florida My Eden, (Frederic Stresau)



CARE FL Update

Thwarted as they have been in Wall Street capital markets, AllAboardFlorida, or Brightline, as it is now called, appears to be turning back to the federal government for the money to build the rail system it wants to link West Palm Beach to Orlando.  But more on that later.  In the meanwhile, they have been touting the start of long-delayed commuter service from West Palm to Miami.  Expect to see great hoopla about this before the end of the year.  The State-funded rail terminal in Orlando is also being built to the tune of $220 million, but it still has no railroad to use it, and won’t for the foreseeable future, especially if CARE FL, Martin County and Indian River County are successful in derailing Phase II construction. 

Based on the knowledge that they have reapplied for a bailout from the Federal Railway Administration (FRA), Steve Ryan and his colleagues in Washington, together with others on our side of the issue, have held face-to-face meetings with a wide range of government agencies and elected officials to supplement and reinforce our written comments and presentations.  We believe that all fronts are being covered, but must await government action before we can take any new formal, legal action.  As with everything in Washington, the future is murky, but the rat has to come out of his hole sometime and, with the continued help of Mariner Sands and other devoted opponents, CARE FL is ready to pounce!

-Bob Snyder
CARE FL Chairman


Please welcome Guy Mancini!

Tim McKenna
Director of Golf

Guy Mancini is our newest member to the professional staff here at Mariner Sands. Prior to coming to Mariner Sands he spent six seasons at Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, FL as an assistant professional, and one season as the Director of Golf at The Florida Club in Stuart, FL. He holds a Golf Management degree from Keiser University with an emphasis in golf operation standards of practice. Guy is originally from Boardman, Ohio and has been a resident of Florida since 2009. Besides golf, Guy enjoys fishing and watching college football along with spending time with his wife Karla, and his two children Emma (4) and Dominic (2 ½). Guy is a great new addition to our professional staff and is currently studying to become a Class A PGA professional. We wish him much success in his new position.


Big welcome to Kelly King!

Brad Millsap
Director of Real Estate Operations
Golden Bear Realty

A native of Augusta, Georgia and a University of Georgia graduate, Kelly enjoyed a successful sales and marketing career in the medical and pharmaceutical industry with such names as AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly brands based out of Charleston, South Carolina. She moved to Florida with her fiancé and became involved in residential renovations along with interior design and procurement for several construction projects. She has a Real Estate License from both the state of South Carolina and Florida. With her move to join the Mariner Sands sales team, she brings her sales experience and passion in working with clients to a successful result as she has proven throughout her career. Golden Bear is excited to have Kelly on the Sales team at Mariner Sands. She brings a wealth of sales experience and personality to the On-Site Sales Team. Known for her honesty, loyalty and caring nature, she is skilled at asking the right questions, reading body language and meeting the needs of her clients. Stop by our office soon to meet Kelly in person!


Golf Featured Hole - Green Course 8

Green Course 8th Green

We are featuring several holes of the two championship golf courses at Mariner Sands Country Club in this Latest News series.  First up is the gorgeous number 8 on the Green Course designed by Frank Duane, a partner of Arnold Palmer in golf course design and associate of Robert Trent Jones.

Pictured here looking back on the peninsula green, this spectacular hole is as daunting as it is beautiful.  It has a men's handicap of 9 but visually it's clearly a "10."  The hazards are self evident and the slight undulating green adds to the challenge for those that navigate the water on their approach shot.

Learn more about the private members only courses at Mariner Sands on the website.