More than 40 years ago, Llwyd Ecclestone began development of John’s Island, an ocean-to-river luxury residential club community just north of Vero Beach, Florida.
From the start, Fortune 500 CEO’s and self-made business moguls were attracted to the picturesque landscape, world-class amenities, classic Georgian architecture, and near perfect climate in the winter months. They spent time with their children and grandchildren and their traditions established the legendary John’s Island family-oriented lifestyle.
Named one of “America’s Top 25 Golf Communities” by Travel + Leisure Golf, there are three courses by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio. Tennis, squash, pickleball, croquet and a fitness/wellness center round out the sports. In addition, there are social activities for all ages, lifelong learning, a spa, and dining at three clubhouses.
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Acreage 1,650 acres (660 hectares)
Gatehouse 24-hour guarded gatehouses and roving patrols
Club Structure Member-owned, private equity club; unique vertical memberships
Golf Three 18-hole courses by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio. The North Course has mature oaks and stunning views of John's Island Sound; The South Course has traditional features with lush and narrow oak canopies and lakes; The West Course by Tom Fazio, home of the 35th annual USGA Mid-Amateur, is located off the island on 300 acres of pure golf, with no homes to intrude on the serenity.
Golf Clubhouse Includes formal and informal dining, card rooms, ladies' and men's lounges and Golf Pro Shop. A second Golf Clubhouse is located at the John's Island West course, a casual daytime facility.
The Beach Club Has panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from every seat in the house - from the oceanfront bar to the indoor and outdoor dining areas designed in a sophisticated West Indian island motif. Also located here is "The Cave," specifically for teens, plus a library with billiards, game tables and media room.
Dining There are a variety of dining experiences - from fine dining in an old-world setting with jackets required to more casual with Mediterranean fare and al fresco dining. At the culinary helm is Executive Chef John Farnsworth, recipient of Food & Wine magazine's "Best New Chef's in America" award.
Tennis Complex 17 Har-Tru courts and a staff of USPTA certified professionals that run an active tennis program and clinics for all ages. Tennis pro shop and Courtside Cafe. Four new Pickleball courts were recently added.
Squash John's Island Club has the only air-conditioned North American doubles squash court in Florida and recently added a singles court.
Fitness and Wellness Center A 3,800 square-foot facility with high-tech cardiovascular and weight training equipment plus a Pilates Studio. In season, 30 group fitness classes are offered. Nationally certified personal trainers and massage therapists.
Croquet Two full-size croquet lawns with tournaments held throughout the season.
Biking and Walking On over 20 miles of private, tree-lined streets. Or search for shells and sea glass along the Atlantic Ocean.
Vero Beach A charming and sophisticated seaside community that was rated one of America's Best Small Towns. In addition to art and culture there is a strong medical presence including The Heart Center, the first cardiovascular surgery program affiliated with Duke University Health System in the state of Florida and one of only four nationwide.
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