Locals at Harbourside in Jupiter react to Woods arrest

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The woods restaurant in Harbourside Place in Jupiter (Photo/Bruce Bennett)

Sympathy and disdain were among the emotions from patrons to Tiger Woods’ restaurant and visitors to Harbourside Place the day after the golfer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Gator chomping on fish at Gardens golf course goes viral [VIDEO]

Palm Beach Gardens’ Sandhill Crane Golf Club is next to the Loxahatchee Slough and not far from the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

The video of an alligator feasting on a big fish Saturday afternoon at the Sandhill Crane Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens has gone global.

Dave Mack said Monday he’s been fielding phone calls from London and Paris from news outlets who are interested in the video he shot Saturday at the course on Northlake Boulevard.

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The Daily Mail ran the video with the headline: “Filet on the fairway! Enormous alligator chows down on giant fish out on the golf course.” Barstool Sports posted the video to its own Instagram account, where it had about 1.2 million views and nearly 3,000 comments by Monday afternoon.

“It was cool,” Mack said. “I took the video without thinking, the next thing you know, it’s in London. It’s crazy how that works.”

It all started with Mother’s Day trip home. Mack, now of Miami, said he was home visiting his parents in Palm Beach Gardens. He and his dad were playing a round at the course when they heard the gator make his catch at the ninth hole, he said.

“We heard a splash and looked down, and the gator had the fish,” Mack said.

Mack said he was about eight feet from the alligator, which he estimates was between eight and 10 feet long, when he shot the video. His dad can be heard in the video saying, “Get the picture and get out of here, David.”

So how was the rest of the round of golf? “I barely remember,” Mack said after a laugh. Too much excitement.

He said he’s used to seeing alligators on the golf course, where they sometimes make themselves at home. That’s especially true at the Sandhill Crane Golf Club, which borders the Loxahatchee Slough.

Sandhill crane, deer, bobcats and alligators have been spotted at the course. The course is on the west end of Northlake Boulevard, not far from the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area.

The city added docks to the lakes a few years ago to give the alligators a place to sunbathe away from the greens. The alligator in the video and the others that frequent the golf course will stay, city spokeswoman Candice Temple said.

“We have several. They’re not aggressive, but we do warn people not to approach them,” Temple said.

Charlotte Presensky, special projects director at the golf course, said she usually sees the alligators feeding on turtles, not fish.

An adult alligator’s diet includes rough fish, along with snakes, turtles, small mammals and birds, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

More than $100,000 raised for The Arc Caddyshack party

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Brian Evans, Duane Helkowski, Andrew Shapiro and Chris Wheeler (Photo provided)

Fun and a day of golf helped raise money and awareness for children and adults with developmental disabilities on April 20.

The event for The Arc of Palm Beach County was hosted the first Caddyshack Cocktail Party.

Supporters gathered on the rooftop of Harbourside Place as they enjoyed the party and competed in a Caddyshack-themed “Best Dressed” contest.

On Friday, April 21, golfers participated in the sold-out Arc Invitational at The Dye Preserve.

Contributors to the event included Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Tequesta Brewing Co., The GEO Group, Harbourside Place, Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, Banyan Printing, and Alpha Media Palm Beach.

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Grand opening is Saturday for new Jupiter restaurant on mini-golf course

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The bar at Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

A bar with 15 television screens, a restaurant with seating for 82 customers and a 3,500-gallon salt water fish tank are part of the expansion of the Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf restaurant,  scheduled to have it’s grand opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1.

The menu, which now includes ice cream, burgers and beer and wine, has been expanded.

The 36-hole miniature golf course, on the northeast corner of Jupiter Beach Road and A1A, opened in 2013.

The $1 million expansion, including renovations to the mini-golf course, includes a playground.

Golfers will enter the lighted fish tank area from the 13th hole to walk into a cave leading to the tank, which will include a coral reef and tropical fish. Underwater sea sounds are piped in from speakers.

Grouper and other fish are scheduled to be delivered in coming weeks, said Greg Bartoli, who owns the golf course and restaurant with his wife Patty. The Jupiter couple have three children under 10 years old.

There are now about 25 employees, mostly part-time. About two dozen more employees have been hired.

The ongoing growth on the Inlet Village, defined as the stretch of A1A from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1, convinced the Bartolis to expand.

The Inlet Village includes Suni Sands and Love Street, both planned for commercial/residential/retail development.

“This is a great area, and we want to be a part of it,” said Greg Bartoli.

 

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Greg Bartoli in front of the new 3,500-gallon salt-water fish tank at Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

 

Golf fans get nice sunset after Honda Classic

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Sunset at Honda Classic on Sunday after Jupiter resident Rickie Fowler’s victory in the 2017 tournament.

Jupiter resident Rickie Fowler wins 2017 Honda Classic!

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“Go Rickie” is the chant as his fans take photos of Jupiter resident Rickie Fowler sinking his last putt on the 18th hole, winning the 2017 Honda Classic.

Grace under pressure

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Sean O’Hare hits amid the crowd near the 18th green after a drop shot (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Sean O’Hair had to drop this shot off the 18th green after hitting the ball into the stands.

Fans shouted “Throw it back,Throw it back,” to the person who caught the ball.

O’Hair, with fans crowded all around him, chipped this shot to the green.

The crowd went wild.

No injuries.

18th green seats go to the early birds at Honda Classic

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Linda and Bill Henrich set up their seats on the edge of the 18th green about 11 a.m. Sunday (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

About eight hours before Jupiter resident Rickie Fowler and the rest of the golfers would be shooting for the 18th green, Bill and Linda Henrich set up their folding chairs on the edge of the prime real estate at the Honda Classic.

“We’re real golf fans. It’s fun to be close to all the excitement at the finish,” said Bill Henrich, who was among the first Sunday morning to stake a claim at the final hole.

The North Palm Beach couple have been setting up early on the 18th hole for the past 11 years. Usually, they set up about 9 a.m.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

 

Free beer to caddies after Honda Classic hole-in-one

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Jhonattan Vegas made a hole-in-one Sunday at the Honda Classic (Contributed)

Free beer was promised to caddies Sunday by Jhonattan Vegas, after he made the shot on the 15th hole.

Vegas stopped in the media center to make the announcement after he made the shot Sunday.

The hole-in-one the second of the tournament.

Scott Stallings also made an ace on the 15th on Thursday.

This is the first hole-in-one since the tournament moved to PGA National in 2007.

Weather looks good at final day of Honda Classic

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Sunday is final day of Honda Classic (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

So far clear skies and temperature could hit 80 degrees Sunday, the last day of Honda Classic.

Slight chance of rain this afternoon. Slight northeast breeze, between 10-20 MPH.

Read full coverage of the Honda Classic in The Palm Beach Post.

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Jupiter’s Rickie Fowler signs autographs after finishing Saturday’s third round of the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)