The 102-year-old Rockledge Country Club, with its especially inviting amenities, welcomes all.
Andrea Beyel is quick to rave about the golf course at Rockledge Country Club, noting a “unique layout full of mature oaks and pines lining the beautiful fairways that almost feels like you have been transported to another part of the country.”
Then Beyel, Rockledge Country Club’s general manager, follows that description with her most important point: “We are more than just golf!” “We want to be where you think of having your corporate meetings, parties and the premiere destination for everything from baby showers and celebrations of life to weddings, rehearsal dinners and more,” Beyel adds for good measure.
Indeed, there is more than meets the eye at Rockledge Country Club, which is saying much, given its picturesque setting off South Fiske Boulevard in Rockledge.
Actually, the club’s first event, dating back to 1918, did involve golf — a tournament for the W.W. Brown Cup Trophy, won by a player named E.L. Horwood. The cup sits today in a trophy case in the club’s golf shop.
Yet, since that time, the club has evolved. A 20,000-square-foot clubhouse now sets the stage, with dramatic views and plush, inviting décor. The emphasis is on inviting, as club members and nonmembers alike are able to use the facility. Weddings, for example, currently are being booked at double the pace of 2019.
Not coincidentally, the club is especially relaxed, highlighted by the venerable Vue 18 Bar & Grill at the clubhouse — open to the public — offering diversions such as “Sippin Sunsets” (with cocktails). Also, there are indoor seating and an open-air veranda, ample TVs, and a regularly changing dining menu with daily specials.
In a similar welcoming fashion, existing tennis courts have been refurbished and turned into six pickleball courts, with lights, to attract newcomers. Pickleball? It’s a sport played on a badminton-sized court with a perforated plastic ball, sort of a wiffle ball, and with paddles that are roughly twice the size of ping-pong paddles. And, by the way, it just happens to be the fastest-growing sport nationwide, according to the USA Pickleball Association.
Make no mistake, however. When it comes to recreation, golf at the Rockledge Country Club remains No. 1 and, in fact, the first.
The 18-hole, par-71 layout is the Space Coast’s original and most storied course. The City of Rockledge was officially founded in 1887, making it the oldest incorporated municipality in Brevard. A bit of historical trivia: In March 1921, prior to his inauguration, President Warren G. Harding played a round at the club.
Today, golfers can enjoy Diamond Zoysia grass and five sets of tees, with a variety of pin and hole locations placing a premium on shot-making throughout the course, 50 strategically placed bunkers and six acres of water features. Practice facilities are plentiful, too, including a full driving range with daily measured yardages to multiple targets, a large putting green and short-game area for specialty shots.
Meanwhile, an associate membership program is available, allowing access to the course on a pay-to-play basis.
“We like that we offer an exceptional value along with quality service for the golf consumer,” Beyel comments.
Further, the theme of inclusivity also is evident off the property in events such as a haunted hayride at Halloween for children and the Rockledge Country Club Breast Shoot Out of the Year, among others. Chief benefactors include Driven by Heart, a provider of free local support services to newly diagnosed female cancer patients; the Brevard Achievement Center, an agency that serves people with disabilities; and Folds of Honor, which serves the families of fallen and disabled members of the military.
Beyel is especially proud of such efforts. Born in Rockledge, she has deep roots in area, with children who live in the community, as well as grandchildren (the sixth coming in May).
Beyel concludes, simply: “This is a friendly club for all.”