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Ian Baker Finch moves to Old Palm Golf Club

April 18, 2013

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Already home to three of the world’s most elite golfers, Old Palm Golf Club now welcomes the multi-talented international golfer Ian Baker-Finch as a new resident. Baker-Finch and his family—wife, Jennie, and daughters Hayley and Laura—recently moved into the elegant Golf Estates neighborhood, which further solidifies Old Palm’s reputation as the premier private Club community in the Palm Beaches. “We are excited to have a player of his caliber living at Old Palm,” says Connie McGinnis, Director of Sales. “After establishing himself as one of the world’s finest golfers, Baker-Finch branched out into other aspects of the game and has been just as successful in his other pursuits. “Old Palm is a perfect fit for him and his family because our dedication to excellence is equally diverse and extends into our extraordinary golf facilities, vibrant Club life, indulgent services, and superior homes. Our passion to be the best is much like Baker-Finch’s.” There is little that the Australia-born Baker-Finch hasn’t accomplished in the golf world. He has won 16 tournaments worldwide on all four major tours, including the 1991 Open Championship. He served as a President Cup co-captain, is involved in a golf course design company, and does commentary on CBS Sports’ golf coverage of the PGA Tour. “Finchy,” as he is affectionately called on the broadcasts, has been one of the network’s most insightful golf analysts since 2007. Although he travels extensively for work, Baker-Finch will find Old Palm a perfect fit when home, in the company of other professional golfers and Old Palm resident members including 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, and Lee Westwood, who is currently ranked 12th in the world. Also included on that elite list of Old Palm resident professional golfers is the illustrious Raymond Floyd who serves as Honorary Club Chairman and the designer Old Palm’s spectacular golf course. The past few years, Baker-Finch has been playing on the Champions Tour, and Old Palm’s one-of-a-kind Golf Studio can help to keep his game sharp. Separate from the golf course, the 33-acre facility features the very latest golf technologies, including TrackMan golf radar and the V-1 swing analysis system. There’s also a double-ended driving range and three regulation practice holes—a par 3, 4 and 5—where golfers can encounter every type of shot and angle they might find on the 18-hole course. “Our golf facilities are beyond compare,” adds McGinnis. “But golf alone wasn’t the deciding factor for Baker-Finch and his family to make the move to Old Palm. It’s the combination of the golf, Club, service and the extraordinary choice of homes in our community. There’s nothing quite like it in the Palm Beaches.” The Baker-Finches purchased the Marseilles model home from Mustapick Estates Homes. The 3,840-square-foot home features three bedrooms, three full and one half-bath, a den and a great room. The layout is ideal for entertaining because the rooms are open and spacious, enhancing the natural flow from room to room. Another distinguishing feature is the location of the den toward the rear of the house, so it overlooks the patio, pool, lanai and private water feature. Old Palm is exceptional on so many levels, and that passion for excellence carries into the Club, a welcome blend of tradition and contemporary luxuries that feels like home. Designed to mirror the intimate scale of a Palm Beach estate, the Mediterranean-style Club encourages members to mingle in its casual, pleasantly understated atmosphere. Dining in the Club’s four magnificent venues is as exquisite as it is friendly. The sense of comfort and conviviality just naturally extends into the Spa, Fitness Center and the Casitas, adjacent to the Club where members can house their guests in sumptuously appointed suites. Old Palm Golf Club stands alone as the premier private Club community in the Palm Beaches, with new estate homes ranging in price from $1.2 million to $15 million. It is ideally located in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens with close proximity to a wealth of luxuries and conveniences, including access to the private beach and lavish amenities at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa. Additionally, Old Palm is near both Palm Beach International Airport and North County General Aviation Airport, which accommodates private aircraft. Old Palm is being developed by Clarion partners, a leading real estate investment firm with over $25 billion in assets under management.      


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