Fall in love with Pickleball

Golf players from all around the country are falling in love with pickleball. The same is true at Bonita Bay Club. Pickleball can be addicting as it’s a great cardio workout in a fun environment.  Many players who try it get hooked because it’s easy to learn but hard to master.

Here is a fascinating article that discusses this: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/is-pickleball-for-you


Try one of our Intro to Pickleball classes by calling the Sports Center.

Dominique Levin

Collin Brown – One of Only Six Professionals Certified by Racquetfit in Florida

Collin Brown was recently certified by Racquetfit, an organization that educates and certifies coaches, fitness professionals, and medical practitioners who are dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relationship to the various tennis strokes.  He is one of only 6 certified professionals in the state of Florida and the only certified professional in Southwest Florida.  Congratulations Collin!

About Collin Brown
Collin is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and TPI Certified Golf Fitness Professional who played Division 1 tennis at FGCU.  He has been with Bonita Bay for the last three years focusing on sport-specific training.  As both a pickleball and tennis player and a former Head Tennis Professional, he brings a unique understanding of what you need to do to transfer improvements in the gym out onto the court.

Congratulations to Julius Minarik!

We are pleased to announce that Bonita Bay Club’s Julius Minarik, Breezeway Chef de Cuisine, has been awarded the Certified Culinary Administrator(CCA®) designation by the American Culinary Federation.

A CCA® is a culinary professional who demonstrates proficiency in culinary knowledge, leadership, human resources, operational management and business planning skills.

Please join us in congratulating Julius when you see him around the Club.

Congratulations to Scott Manard!

We are very pleased to announce that Bonita Bay Club’s Scott Manard, Food and Beverage Manager, has been awarded Certified Sommelier designation by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

The corresponding examination Scott successfully passed is composed of a deductive assessment of four wines tasted “blind”, written theory exam and an intensive beverage service practical performed on multiple esteemed Master Sommeliers (there are only 249 individuals with this distinction in the world).

This process was recently refined to make more challenging due to the surging interest in careers within the wine and beverage industry. Earning the title of Certified Sommelier demonstrates skill in salesmanship, the business of beverage program management, tasting ability, and theoretical understanding of the world of wine and beverage.

Most impressive was Scott’s ability to balance his studies with the many demands of peak-season activity. Please join us in congratulating Scott when you see him around the Club.

Congratulations SFPGA BBC Team!

On May 7, the South Florida PGA Foundation had its 9th annual SFPGA Foundation Tire Kingdom Charity Pro-Am at Olde Florida Golf Club. Over $30,000 was raised at this event to support programs administered by the Foundation.

Finishing on top was Bonita Bay Club’s team: Justin Smith, Bob Murphy, Gavin Gillette and Taylor Stewart. Congratulations!

Pickleball Demo and Exhibition Day

We had a great turnout for Pickleball Demo and Exhibition Day on Saturday afternoon at Bonita Bay Club!

Former Wimbledon Doubles Champion Joanne Russell competed on our courts and so did 17-year-old Noah Waddell in men’s singles and a few other pros, including Bonita Bay Club member Nikki Buckmaster, who are all competing in this week’s US Open. Members enjoyed  testing different paddles from Engage, Selkirk and Paddle tech and also loved watching all the action.

– Dominique Levin 

EJ McDonnell Named Southwest Florida PGA Merchandiser of the Year

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the PGA has named Bonita Bay Club Director of Golf, E.J. McDonnell, Merchandiser of the Year in the Private Club category.

Each year this prestigious award recognizes the top golf professional having demonstrated superior skills in merchandising and the promotion of golf with a focus on inventory strength, skillful shop display, staff quality, and merchandising technique.

“This award is a great reflection on our membership and staff, in particular our Retail Manager Lynne Startzel.  Lynne is one of the best retailers in the industry and I am proud to work with her and our staff to meet and exceed member expectations,” EJ said.

Lynne was previously the Retail Manager at Gulf Harbour Golf and Country Club and the Tiburon Golf Resort before joining Bonita Bay Club in 2010, she is a member of the Association of Golf Merchandisers.

E.J. McDonnell has received a number of PGA Awards including the 2008 Assistant of the Year, 2014 Bill Strausbaugh Award for promotion of the game and the PGA, and he was named the 2015 Professional of the Year.

Pickleball’s elite at BBC

Pickleball’s elite practiced at Bonita Bay Club to prepare for the All Star Challenge. Club member Nikki Buckmaster and pickleball and tennis professional Dominque Levin practiced with the country’s best, including Tyson McGuffin, Christine McGrath and Morgan Evans.