This review is about the food service in the Country Club. I went with my husband and cousin last February for our club's annual valentine's luncheon. The Country Club is in the beautiful gated community of Mariner Sands. The Country Club was very attractive with a beautiful dining area overlooking a small lake and the golf course. There were several large tables. Each table was set up for ten people.
For $25, which we paid to our club, we were given an entree choice of chicken filled with dried cranberry and bread stuffing, mahi fillet with artichoke, mushroom, and citrus beurre blanc, or grilled sliced flat iron steak with chasseur sauce. All entrees were served with a tossed salad, bread, mixed vegetables, strawberry shortcake, and coffee, tea, or soda. My husband, cousin, and I ordered the steak, as did most of the other people at our table. The first thing arriving at the table was a basket of bread and butter. The bread basket was filled with a delicious assortment of breads. The salad was pretty average, with a nice vinaigrette dressing served on the side. Then came our entrees. My grilled flat iron steak looked good, although the serving size was only a few slices. When I tried to cut a piece I found that it wasn't easy to cut. With some effort I managed to get a bite size piece. As soon as I tried to chew it I realized that I probably would have had better luck trying to chew my shoe. At first I thought I had just gotten a tough piece, but when I looked around the table I saw that nobody was eating the flank steak. My husband, who can chew anything, was having trouble, and my cousin had already spit out the piece he couldn't chew. I told our server we couldn't eat our steaks. The server was very nice and asked what we would like. My husband and cousin ordered the chicken and I ordered the mahi. It only took a few minutes for our new entrees to arrive. The serving of chicken was small, but both my husband and cousin said it was very good. My mahi was delicious. It was a nice size piece of fish that was perfectly cooked with a light beurre blanc sauce. The strawberry shortcake for dessert was okay, with a nice whipped cream topping..
A few people at our table exchanged their steaks for the chicken or fish. I think a few people were embarrassed to send food back. They left their food uneaten, but didn't ask for anything else. One man said he was taking his home for his dog.
This was the second year I've gone to the valentine's luncheon at this Country Club. I remember liking the food the year before.
The service was good. The room was attractive, although the tables were set up close together, making it difficult to get up once you found your seat.
It's funny what sticks in your mind. I was really impressed with the ladies restroom. It was clean and attractive with a lovely smelling soap and hand lotion.
With two exceptional, well groomed challenging 18 hole courses, surrounded by unique custom built homes with character and space between, this community is the Treasure Coast's best kept secret. We almost never need a T-time and with our own cart we can zip out and play to our hearts content and there is always a pick-up game with someone. There are so many well run tournaments and events, organized by our pro shop staff who do a terrific job and have a passion for it. This is a debt-free club whose board of business professionals deserve a round of applause for their volunteer hard work, consideration and tireless dedication to maintain such high standards, without the stiff regulations you see elsewhere.
If golf is not your only thing, there is a very active tennis community for our nine Har-Tru tennis courts maintained by an excellent staff of friendly, funny and amazing training professionals who will turn you into a pro. There is also a very active croquet club and I love the new pickle ball courts, although I get my ass handed to me by a particular 70+ year old (she knows who I am talking about). And for those end of the day social gatherings with friends at the bocce ball court with a bottle of grappa and hors d'oeuvres--what more can I say.
For the life of us, we cannot figure out why there isn't a line to join this community. We have noticed real-estate moving quickly in here lately, so maybe that will happen sooner than we think. This is a dog friendly community, so be prepared to share your cart with your dog. They get jealous when they see their friends riding first class and they are not.
With a new recreational center under construction to complement our elegant club house with its fine dining and breath-taking views, we consider ourselves so lucky to have found and settled here. There are 772 doors in this community that maintains a sense of intimacy, without feeling too small.
The proximity to down town Stuart, Port Salerno and the waterside restaurants, bars and boating offers so much to do outside of the community. I often zip out the back gate on A1A in my '62 sprite, longboard sticking out the passenger side and head down to Hobe Sound for a surf session. All of it in our back yard.
But all of what I just described, pales compared to Mariner Sands best kept secret - its people, who are truly fascinating, friendly, fun, down to earth and have a zest for life.
We love this place and never get tired of the Mariner Sands wave.... It's unavoidable, signature to our community and addictive.