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


Jack Flanagan, Committee Chairman, Reports on Fitness Center/Spa Additions and Changes

We on the Fitness committee believe our role is to support what our members want and to work with staff to expand programs that provide for greater fitness benefits for our users. Better fitness means better health and wellness.

The staff of Diversified Therapeutic (DT) has spent time this summer reviewing staffing, programs, equipment, as well as, proposing new classes to enhance our fitness experience. The following are some of the positive additions and changes that are suggested:

“Coaches' Corner” Our Personal Trainers are excited to share their knowledge with our members here at the fitness center. We believe offering professional advice on improving your health or how to avoid common injuries will greatly benefit our Mariner Sands community. Michael will provide 1 hour to discuss and demonstrate a new health & wellness topic weekly. Attending Coaches Corner will help guide you in the right direction to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. If you devote an hour to us, we will volunteer 1 to you! Coaches Corner will be provided to all members for FREE, however, online pre-registration will be required. All topics for the month will be listed on our fitness calendar as well as being advertised in advance. Hope to see you all there!  

Staffing- Diversified Therapeutic has been recruiting and interviewing potential new staff members that are certified and experienced personal trainers and are qualified in a variety of group fitness classes, specializing but not limited to TRX, Yoga, Spinning, Water Aerobics, Golf & Tennis. They’re looking for people who have both the interpersonal skills & are trained as Health & Wellness Coach/Fitness Instructors.  

Post Cardio Rehab Program- We’ve realized that many of our members have experienced and/or suffered from cardiovascular diseases, heart problems, respiratory issues, and more. Because this issue is extremely common among older adults, we believe it is necessary to provide as much information and guidance for our friends and family at Mariner Sands. After an extensive amount of research, experience and education, we have designed a Post Cardio Rehab Program for our members who have had surgery and/or worked with doctors and physical therapists. Many believe that once they complete their therapy, they are done. However, if you do not continue to take care of your body, your chances of relapsing will increase. This Post Cardio Rehab Program will provide excellent guidance in exercise, nutrition, and healthy life choices. Come to the fitness center and let us help assist in the longevity of a happy and healthy life!  

Onsite CPR Certification- Being educated and certified in CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillators) AED is extremely important and beneficial for everyone. We believe that our members should be given the opportunity to become certified and know how to handle a situation when a trained medical personal is not available. There is no greater feeling than knowing you helped save a life! We will be providing onsite CPR/AED classes throughout the year held by the American Red Cross. Pre-registration will be required to attend class. More information will be provided as the season progresses.

Together we can make this the best year ever. Let the Season begin!!!   

-Jack Flanagan
Fitness Center & Spa Committee 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 Course Rest Rooms To Be Updated

Chef John Saundry
Executive Chef/Clubhouse Manager


     The men’s and ladies rest rooms at Tony’s House on the Green course and the Halfway House on the Gold course are in the process of a complete make-over. The Gold course rest rooms have been underway for the past couple weeks while the course is closed, upon completion work will begin on Tony’s House restrooms. The updating includes new drywall, painting, tile floors, vanities, toilets, and partitions along with new lighting, mirrors and fans.


Mariner Sands breaks ground on $4.6 million renovation of outside bar & grill, pool and tennis area

Mariner Sands breaks ground on $4.6 million renovation of outside bar & grill, pool and tennis area

Mariner Sands Country Club members and staff gathered on July 13, 2017 to officially break ground on an extensive renovation project at the upscale club in south Stuart.
(L to R - Larry Duane, Bill Murphy, Bill Ward, Jon Wendenhof, D'Arcy LeClair; Jack Carmody)   


    With plans in place and the contractor chosen, Mariner Sands Country Club members and staff gathered on July 13, 2017 to officially break ground on an extensive renovation project at the upscale club in south Stuart.  The updated features include an exciting new casual indoor/outdoor dining space, a modernized, luxurious pool area, and major tennis facilities remodeling.

    Nestled amidst a palm tree hammock with sweeping covered terraces, the cornerstone of the project will be a 5,200 square foot open-air bar and grill reminiscent of old Florida.  The casual tropical elegance will extend from the outside dining area into a bright, open and airy interior with vaulted, coffered ceilings punctuated with ceiling fans to reflect the comfortable southern contemporary style. An above-bar feature wall fitted with HDTVs will offer diners a perfect gathering spot for enjoying their favorite sporting events, with a good view from any seat in the house.

    Only steps from the dining area, guests will find the 35-year-old pool transformed into a luxurious, resort-style experience. The renovations will feature a 6,000 square foot freeform pool with a zero depth entry, a three-lane lap expanse for exercise, and a well-appointed bathhouse with spa-quality amenities. Lush, tropical landscaping will offer shade and create a beautiful backdrop for open area events such as receptions and outdoor concerts.

    Mariner Sands is renowned for its tennis courts and its tennis enthusiasts. During this project, the existing tennis courts will undergo substantial renovations to improve court layout to the highest professional standards. Two new tennis courts and two new pickleball courts will be constructed, along with an attractive tennis shop and covered outdoor seating at courtside.

    The construction and renovation team includes: Architect Brent Wood of Brent Wood Architecture; General Contractor Jeff Hardin, CEO of Straticon; and The McMahon Group, Club Consultants. The project will build on the casual elegance for which Mariner Sands is renowned and will complement the ever-popular main clubhouse while elevating the outdoor dining, pool, and tennis court areas to the high standards established by the newly renovated fitness center and spa.  

    In keeping with the charitable mindset of the community, Mariner Sands has arranged for items from the existing pool deck and bar to be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Martin County rather than being demolished and discarded.   

    “The renovation of the dining area, pool and tennis courts is the third installment in our improvement plan,” said Bill Ward, General Manager and COO of Mariner Sands Country Club. “Our members are very excited about the updates and participated enthusiastically in the planning process.  Soon they will be able to dine, swim and relax in their own community at a level of luxury and comfort usually enjoyed at only the finest resorts. Adding these new lifestyle amenities is also important for future home buyers, who will be drawn to the extraordinary quality of life that Mariner Sands offers.”  

    During the construction, all of the Mariner Sands amenities will continue to be available to residents and members of this thriving community. A grand opening to celebrate the completion of the project is planned for early 2018.



Golf Featured Hole - Green Course 1

Green Course 1

The first hole of the Mariner Sands Green Course is a par 5, 550 yard beautiful behemoth.  It's the third longest hole on the course (out done only by the 551 yard seventh and the 569 yard 14th holes) and makes up eight percent of the course's total yardage.

Keep the ball low on windy days, as getting up too high could send your ball into the lake that runs the length of the fairway.  End up at one of the most beautiful greens on either of the Mariner Sands courses.  But take care, over shoot the green and its a fast downhill slope to the water again. 

Bonus: An early morning or later afternoon start can put you on this hole with an excellent course photo-op with the sun rising or setting on the flag.

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


Golf Featured Hole - Gold Course 10

Gold Course 10th

The Gold Course at Mariner Sands was designed by famed golfer and premier course architect Tom Fazio.  It's a visually stunning course that is as enjoyable to view as it is to play.

Featured here is the 10th hole, a 365 yard par 4.  Lined by old growth Florida pines, the gently undulating fairway leads up to a meticulously manicured green with the approach protected by large sand traps. Drive the ball straight down the fairway, avoid the sand traps, and sink it by the fourth stroke. You'll be well on your way to par for the course.  Or, at least the back nine.

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


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.


Learn to make Chef's Flat Iron Steak Fajitas

Chef's Secret Recipe: Flat Iron Steak Fajitas

John Saundry,
Mariner Sands Executive Chef/Clubhouse Manager

In honor of Cinco De Mayo, Chef John is sharing his secret recipe for Fajitas. Like most all of the fare offered at our club it has its own unique twist on the traditional recipes one might find online.  Give it a try at home if your not a member. Better yet, book a Stay & Play here and enjoy it like a member at the clubhouse.
A Flat Iron steak dish that always goes over well when entertaining,– margaritas not included.  If you have time, allow the steaks to marinate overnight in the fridge.  Pull them out about 30 minutes before cooking to bring them up to room temperature so that they cook quickly and evenly.

(Prep 40 minutes.  Cook 30 minutes.  Serves 4)


1/4 Cup Canola Oil
2 Limes, Juiced
4 Cloves Garlic, finely minced
2 lbs Flat Iron Steak
Kosher Salt
Fresh Cracked Pepper
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon Cumin Powder


1/4 Cup Canola Oil
1 Large Red Onion, sliced into thin strips
1 Large Green Bell Pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 Large Yellow Bell Pepper, sliced into thin strips
Kosher Salt
Fresh Cracked Pepper
8 – 10 Large Flour Tortillas


Pico de Gallo/Salsa
Sour Cream

First:  At least 30 minutes prior to grilling, whisk together the first three ingredients into a mixing bowl, set aside.  Next, season the steaks liberally on both sides with the remaining ingredients.  Add the seasoned steaks into a large plastic bag and cover with the wet marinade.  Marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature, or overnight in the refrigerator.

Next:  Prepare grill.  Preheat half of the grill to high heat, with the other half on low heat  Place a small cast iron skillet over direct heat; add 1/4 cup canola oil.  Add onions and peppers to the skillet and season with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.  Sauté until the ingredients are slightly charred and just tender, 3 – 4 minutes.  Move skillet to indirect heat and sauté until tender and caramelized, about 20 minutes.  As onions and peppers are finishing, remove steaks from bag, shaking off excess marinade.  Grill steaks over direct heat for 2 minutes.  Flip steaks and grill for another 1 – 2 minutes for medium/medium rare depending on the size and thickness.  Remove steaks from grill, tent with foil, and rest for 3 – 4 minutes.

Last:  Grill tortillas over direct heat until warmed and slightly charred, about 30 seconds to 1 minute, keep warm.  Thinly slice skirt steak across the grain and place a generous portion onto a warmed tortilla.  Top the steak with onions and peppers.  Finally, finish with any of the desired toppings and serve immediately.


Charity Week 2017 A Huge Success

 Charity Week 2017 Huge Success

On February 27th the members at Mariner Sands came together once again for a weeklong extravaganza of events with proceeds directly benefiting several needy charitable organizations in Martin County.  Every year, the power of neighbors working and playing together, creates an average of $350,000 in support for local charities that feed, clothe, shelter and protect the less fortunate.

On behalf of Mariner Sands Charity Week, the HOA will once again award grants of approximately $345,000 directly to charitable organizations in Martin County.  According to Jeff Black, 2017 Charity Week President, the legend lives on thanks to the dedication of Mariner Sands volunteers and members who continue to make Charity Week one of the most successful private club fund raisers in the region.

“Over the last six years, since we started calling ourselves Mariner Sands Charity Week, we have granted $2 million to local charities,” said Black.  “One little community - with just 770 doors - rally a 75% involvement rate and have now been accountable for raising $2 million! That is what great Americans do, they take care of their own! That is a compelling story. Hence we describe ourselves as ‘good people, helping other really good people, do great things’.”

Black added that the 2017 Week was dedicated to members Marilyn Crape Ridinger and Gene Burnette. He also recognized the efforts of his partners on the board including Bob Kung, Barb Wahle, Glen Swire, Michele Ames, Ken Slowik and Kirk Gillies.

Charity Week was also supported by business partners in 2017 that included Martin Country Funeral Home, Seacoast Bank, Wallace Volvo, Center State Bank, Hoftac Company , Golden Bear Realty, Bank of America, Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods, Cook Electric Inc., Travis Pest management, Patrick Exterminating and Tal Willis Design and Illustration.

Charity Week 2017 grants will be awarded to Children’s Home Society, House of Hope, Hibiscus Children’s Center, The Holy Cross Service Center, Hope Rural School, Safe Space, Samaritan Center and Veteran’s Council.


Golden Bear Real Estate Update Spring 2017

Mariner Sands Golden Bear Realty Update

By J. Brad Millsap, Golden Bear Realty

While the 2017 season has been a busy and active time both in resident and guest activity on and off the golf course, Real Estates sales started a bit slow.  January and February traffic was down from the prior year but by March things started to pick up with traffic and sales as strong as last year and projected even stronger for April and May as the 2017 season finishes. We are on target to close the fiscal year on track with 2016. Home sales have been strongest in two categories: those over $450,000 and those under $250,000.  With a major push to target outside Realtors from South Florida and their luxury golf community clients going into season, close to 20% of sales were from outside Realtors. In addition, the Stay and Play program was a major ingredient in several sales with interested clients coming in to enjoy the 3-day package and purchased due to truly falling in love with Mariner Sands and all it has to offer.

Those considering a move here but looking to try out the community first have two very good options.  The Stay & Play experience provides a three day/two night opportunity with lodging in the community, rounds of golf and even drinks and meals at the club. We also have occasional rental homes available for longer term stays.  That Rental market have been strong this year in Mariner Sands with the renters staying longer and thus finding more interest in purchasing in Mariner Sands.  Projections are that over six renters will purchase during the 2017 season.  

What's Selling?

Renovated residences with upgraded kitchens, bathrooms and floors continue to be the most popular in Mariner Sands. Most buyers have been coming in and able to find what they are looking for from the available inventory, which has also included a few newly constructed homes over the past year.  It is still a strong buyer’s market with the price being dictated by renovated, value priced homes with pools. Most desired home attributes we have been seeing from visitors in Mariner Sands:
1. Renovated kitchen, bathrooms and tile /wood flooring
2. Spacious concrete block construction floor plans
3. Amenity or preserve rear views
4. Swimming pools (several of the beautiful pool homes here were featured on the Mariner Sands Facebook Page this spring.)
Our inventory of available homes has been consistent with many very nice homes across the price range that meet these criteria. Buyers are also excited about the Casual Dining, Pool & Tennis Improvement program and the new and exciting things in store for their 2018 season.  Click here to see homes currently available. Contact us any time to learn more or schedule a private tour.