As featured in Port Saint Lucie Magazine, written by Glenn R. Swift.

Gently nestled along the banks of the scenic St. Lucie River lies 1,500 acres of untouched wetlands, luxury gardens, the luscious rolling greens of two championship golf courses, beautiful lakes and an abundance of tropical wildlife.

Welcome to Tesoro Preserve — the Crown Jewel of the Treasure Coast.

Tesoro has always been recognized as one of the area’s most prestigious waterfront communities, but it’s no secret that the development has had its ups and downs. Held back by developers who lacked the necessary financial resources, managerial expertise and strategic vision, the community never realized its full potential.

Well… times are changing.

“We’ve got a team that has the resources, skill sets and experience to make this the finest, luxury development on the Treasure Coast,” said Bobby Barfield, the onsite real estate broker in charge of Tesoro, who helped connect the new owners.

He should know. Barfield is not only one of the most experienced real estate brokers on the Treasure Coast, but, along with site engineer Toby Oberdorf, he has been directly involved with Tesoro since it first broke ground nearly two decades ago.

“This time is different,” he said. “The new owners are true movers and shakers with very deep pockets and loads of experience with luxury developments all over the country, including South Florida. They also have the patience to determine what needs to be done and the best way to do it.”

outdoor walkway at crane club at tesoro preserve
Credit: Crane Club

Plenty of Experience

The all-star team Barfield referred to is exactly that. The three owners are two New York investors, Tim Jones and Rod O’Connor, and a South Florida real estate and football legend, Tucker Frederickson.

Jones is the CEO of Robert Martin, LLC based in Elmsford, New York. Major projects are not exactly rare with Robert Martin. The company has a long track record of acquiring, developing and managing high-end properties of all kinds and holds more than 60 properties across the country with more than 20 million square feet of office, warehouse and residential properties.

A dominant Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee, the company recently acquired 56 buildings with more than a million square feet of office space for an eye-opening $500 million — the largest ever in the Empire State’s affluent Westchester County. So, when it comes to those deep pockets, Barfield referred to, you can’t get much deeper.

O’Connor, best friend and close associate of Jones, is another New York developer with a long pedigree of successful real estate projects across the country. O’Connor and Jones have worked together and partnered on a number of mega projects. Fortuitously, the two had escaped to Florida as COVID-19 ravaged the New York City area in the summer of last year.

“They were looking for an opportunity and immediately fell in love with the property,” Barfield said. “They could see its enormous potential.”

Last, but by no means least, is Frederickson, a man who’s been winning all his life. An Auburn All-America football legend, first-round NFL draft pick, former New York Giants star and a longtime associate of Jack Nicklaus, he has for decades been a respected real estate developer in his native South Florida. Specializing in golf course communities, Frederickson was a driving force behind the exclusive Bear’s Club in Jupiter.

overhead view of tesoro club pool
Credit: Danielle Tufano

Wowed By Location

All three were wowed by the property’s beauty and seemingly endless enchanted vistas.

“There’s just nowhere left to build in South Florida that’s east of the Turnpike and 95 that offers what we have,” Barfield said.

Tesoro features world-class golf with two par-72, signature championship golf courses [Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer], a racquet club with 10 Har-Tru tennis courts and an exhibition stadium court, two croquet courts and a pickle ball court, just minutes from Stuart with all its fine boutiques and restaurants.

Then there’s the clubhouse.

The three-story Mediterranean, 100,000-square-foot clubhouse, known as the Crane Club, is spectacular. Set beside a 12-acre lake, the Crane Club offers services that set it apart from its South Florida neighbors. It has a large pool and deck, a full-service spa, first-class dining and a whole lot more provided by the new owners — The Lessing Hospitality Group.

Known for decades as the nation’s foremost event planner and caterer, Lessing was founded in 1890 by Maxwell Lessing, who offered the first convenient lunch counter in New York City’s Financial District.

Lessing has not only been known for top-shelf services but for innovation. Its out-of-the-box approach to business started with being the first to offer a new type of meal [the sandwich] and a new drink [Coca Cola] to Wall Street customers.

Today, the Lessing Group has evolved into a multidivisional company with more than 120 locations throughout the Northeast and Florida, including 17 wedding and catering venues, 10 full-service restaurants, more than 80 corporate and academic dining centers, seven Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza franchises, and a historical inn.

bride on balcony at crane club at tesoro preserve
Credit: Crane Club

Special Venue

In 2019, Lessing launched the Pelican Club and Charlie and Joe’s at Love Street in Jupiter. Sticking with a tropical bird theme, Lessing is taking the reins at the Crane Club in Tesoro.

“This is a unique and special venue,” said Jennifer Caitlin, director of marketing and a 20-year veteran of Lessing. “This is not your typical Florida venue. We have another charming property in Jupiter overlooking the lighthouse with the Pelican Club, but that features a distinctly Bohemian, Florida style. This has a very different feel … more like the Amalfi coast.”

Michael Lessing, Lessing’s CEO and the founder’s great-great-great-grandson, had this to say about Tesoro Preserve.

“When I first drove through the front gate, I said ‘Holy smokes’… it just took my breath away. You’re in Florida, but you’re far away.”
Lessing added this about how well the venue fits its exclusive clientele and prestigious portfolio.

“We don’t do anything small,” Lessing said jokingly “We can do any kind of event here up to 300 people on a grand scale. Whatever you can imagine, we can accommodate it at the Crane Club … destination weddings, galas, corporate expos … we can tent the backyard if you want.”
And he had this to say about the opulence of the clubhouse.

“Before the current owners, the clubhouse interior was very dark,” Lessing said.

“This is a full-scale renovation, from the painting and the lighting to the chandeliers and the hardwood floors. When everything is complete … in mid-February … we will feature the finest ballroom and bridal suite in Florida.”

When it comes to housing, there is a wide variety of homes at Tesoro.

“We offer existing single-family homes with two bedrooms on quarter-acre lots to 7,000-square-foot mansions on half-acre lots, and none of the houses back up to one another,” he said. “Every lot in the community borders a lake, a wetland or a golf course. There’s a lot of room to roam … and if you want to build your own custom dream home, there are vacant lots available.”

So, look out Vero Beach and Stuart, make room for Port St. Lucie because at Tesoro Preserve, the future is bright.

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Tesoro Club’s new ownership and development team have just announced that WCI Communities will be bringing an inviting array of new homes to the Treasure Coast. This exceptional private golf club community on Florida’s Treasure Coast has long been recognized for its extraordinary amenities and natural beauty. Now, it will become the epicenter for new home construction in one of the most sought-after locations in the country. In addition to the new neighborhoods by WCI, some of the area’s finest custom homebuilders will also be building estate homes within the community. All of the single-family homes in the collection have been designed for today’s modern lifestyles, showcasing open floorplans, an abundance of natural light, and taking full advantage of the Florida indoor/ outdoor lifestyle. Let’s meet Tesoro Club’s new home builders.

rendering of Tesoro Home

WCI Communities

WCI Communities has created thousands of architecturally distinct homes and luxury condominiums throughout Florida’s most sought-after coastal destinations. This premier development team combines decades of expertise with innovative homes that feature the latest design trends, stunning technology integration, and a focus on the natural beauty of the area’s visual landscapes. A variety of single-family homes will be offered by WCI in their Villagio neighborhood at Tesoro Club. Ideally located within golf cart distance of the Swim & Racquet Club, the community will be released for sale in the coming months. Each of the homes will offer scenic lake or nature preserve views.

“We are so excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Tesoro Club community,” said Richelle Smart, VP Sales and Marketing of WCI. “We look forward to unveiling our collection of homes in the near future and demonstrating how we have integrated the latest technology features into these private residences.”

two story new homes at tesoro

Custom Estate Homes

In addition to the new neighborhoods, Tesoro Club also has a wide range of homesites available throughout existing neighborhoods for new custom homes. The development team has assembled a roster of some of the area’s top homebuilders to construct distinctive single-family homes designed for their owner’s personal style. The custom homes will range from 2,000 to over 7,000 square feet, featuring views of the Arnold Palmer Golf Course, freshwater lakes, or wooded preserves. Tesoro Club’s Real Estate Office will represent the custom home builders and are available to answer any estate home questions.

golf cart cruising around the neighborhood of new homes at tesoro

An Enviable Golf Cart Lifestyle

Tesoro Club residents enjoy the peace of mind of living in a gated master planned community with a 24-hour manned gate and roving security patrols. The private, nearly 1,500-acre sanctuary enables residents to enjoy a golf cart lifestyle. Just a short ride away from any residence, Members will find a plethora of resort-style amenities. The Swim & Racquet Club is a favored destination, with a tropical swimming pool, nine tennis courts, eleven new pickleball courts, two bocce lawns, and a casual dining venue for poolside cocktails and casual fare. The landmark Main Clubhouse will offer Members a golf and lakeside dining venue, salon and spa services, a state-of-the-art fitness studio, men’s and women’s lounges, and plentiful activities for Members to enjoy. Tesoro Club is also home to the Crane Club event venue managed by the Lessing’s Hospitality Group and 36 holes of championship golf. Both golf courses are currently undergoing renovations. The Arnold Palmer-designed course is set to open later this year, while the Tom Watson course is anticipated to open in 2024.

A Florida East Coast Location

With its ideal location near I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike in Port St. Lucie, Florida, residents enjoy easy access to the best of South and Central Florida. Marinas, dining, shopping, arts and culture, and endless college and professional sports, are abundant throughout the area and The Palm Beaches just minutes away. Palm Beach International Airport is less than an hour away to the south, while the Orlando International Airport serves as the gateway to the world, just 75 minutes to the north.

From a rich mosaic of top-notch amenities to its beautiful South Florida surroundings, Tesoro Club inspires a lifestyle rich with moments to treasure. To be among the first to receive information about the excitement unfolding at Tesoro Club, register your interest at TesoroClub.com.

Exciting times lie ahead for one of South Florida’s premier golf and country club communities, Tesoro Club. A visionary new development team and the country’s top home builders have come together to bring this private, master-planned community to a new standard of excellence. From an exceptional collection of new luxury homes to numerous resort-style amenities, here’s a glimpse into the future of Tesoro Club.

As the Club’s new General Manager, Marco Schlenz is looking forward to the renaissance coming to this cherished community. “Tesoro Club combines the natural beauty of a premier Port St. Lucie location with timeless elegance and tradition,” said Schlenz. “I look forward to working with our development team to unveil a Club lifestyle focused on exceptional amenities and intuitive member services.”

aerial of the golf course at Tesoro Club

36 Holes of Championship Golf

As a part of Tesoro Club’s renovation plans, the development team will soon welcome avid golfers and casual players alike back to Tesoro Club’s two 18-hole championship golf courses. The 7,333-yard, par-72 Arnold Palmer-Ed Seay signature course combines great risks with great rewards, presenting unique challenges that require the use of every club in the bag. The 7,019-yard, par-72 Tom Watson course balances both beauty and playability, highlighted by fast and firm wide-rolling fairways, large greens, and strategic bunkers that take full advantage of the natural scenery. Both courses are currently undergoing renovations to improve playability for players of all skill levels, with the Palmer course planned to open later this year and the Watson course in 2024.

For those looking to sharpen their skills before heading out on the course, PGA professional and Tesoro Club’s Director of Golf Matt Doyle will lead a variety of instructional opportunities at the 350-yard driving range. Additionally, the Golf Pro Shop will provide the finest in golf apparel, accessories, and equipment. Both the driving range and the Golf Pro Shop are anticipated to open in coordination with the Palmer course.

“As the former host of the 2007 PGA Tour’s Ginn Sur Mer Classic, Tesoro Club’s golf courses were once a world-class golfing destination,” said Marco Schlenz. “Our residents are excitedly looking forward to the renovations to these courses, and the possibility of hosting more tournaments in the years to come.”

aerial of the tesoro club pool and tennis courts

A Remarkable Country Club Lifestyle

No country club lifestyle would be complete without signature amenities and services that promote entertainment and relaxation. As the first part of Tesoro Club’s renovation plans, the Swim & Racquet Club will open this summer. This lakeside Clubhouse is a favored resident destination, featuring a tropical swimming pool, and nine tennis courts. Eleven pickleball courts, a padel court, and two bocce lawns are also currently under construction. A casual dining venue will offer dining al fresco or poolside, with Guy Rettig recently announced as the Club’s new Executive Chef. Retting will work with Schlenz’s team to create a family-friendly menu of tasty delights and specialty cocktails to be enjoyed by all.

Landmark Clubhouse Design

beautiful path to the tesoro club
The most iconic and picturesque place at Tesoro Club is the 100,000 sq. ft. Mediterranean-inspired clubhouse. This social centerpiece of the entire community will offer Members a golf and lakeside dining venue, salon and spa services, state-of-the-art fitness, men’s and women’s locker rooms, golf pro shop, and boundless activities for Members to enjoy. The three-story Clubhouse is also home to the Crane Club, a premier wedding and event venue managed by the renowned Lessing’s Hospitality Group. The Crane Club can accommodate up to 250 guests for dining and reception services, hosting a myriad of events that tailor to the ambiance of each client’s specific needs.

“From social spaces to fitness, each amenity provided throughout Tesoro Club has been designed to promote the finest of sporting and leisure lifestyles,” said Schlenz. “No matter what the day calls for, resident Members can look forward to finding it all at Tesoro Club.”

aerial view of the golf course at tesoro

New Homes on the Horizon

The development team is also excited to announce an exciting array of new homes that will be introduced to the market during the summer of 2022. One of the nation’s top homebuilders, WCI Communities will provide an outstanding selection of residential options, while a custom home builder will offer a limited collection of larger, more personalized homes. Spectacular preserve, golf, or lake views will be the standard for every residence, creating an enviable address focused on indoor/ outdoor Florida living. This private gated community is also well-known for its premier golf cart lifestyle, combining convenient access with a high priority on safety and stress-free living.

A Florida East Coast Location

With a convenient location in Port St. Lucie, Florida, residents enjoy easy access to all of south and central Florida. Whether exploring the area’s pristine beaches and natural wonders, spending a day designer shopping in the Palm Beaches, or discovering the area’s numerous museums and entertainment venues, there’s something to please every lifestyle. Air travel is also convenient from the nearby Palm Beach International Airport to the south and Orlando International Airport to the north.

From a rich mosaic of top-notch amenities to its beautiful South Florida surroundings, Tesoro Club inspires a lifestyle rich with moments to treasure. To be among the first to receive information about the excitement unfolding at Tesoro Club, register your interest at TesoroClub.com.

Brisk activity is underway at Tesoro Club, as its new development team prepares for a season of openings. This summer, one of the first exciting announcements will be the reopening of Tesoro Club’s Swim & Racquet Club. Resident Members and a limited number of outside social Members will be among the first to enjoy a day of family fun at this lakeside pool and sports retreat. The Club’s new General Manager, Marco Schlenz, is gearing up for the opening which will be the first of many exciting plans set to unfold at Tesoro Club over the coming months.
 
“Everyone is excited to see the Swim & Racquet Club reopen,” said Schlenz. Chef Retting’s casual dining menu offers something for everyone, making the Club a great place to connect with friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing our Members enjoy this beautiful facility very soon.

Casual Poolside Dining & Cocktails

Along with the announcement of the reopening of the Swim & Racquet Club, Marco Schlenz and his team have also announced Guy Rettig as the Club’s new Executive Chef. With 25 years of experience in top-rated golf and yachting communities, Executive Chef Guy Rettig has prepared a casual menu for the outdoor dining venue. A full-service bar in the covered patio area will provide libations and refreshments as well.
 
“With a big focus on outdoor dining at the Swim & Racquet Club, we wanted to curate items that can easily be taken poolside,” said Executive Chef Guy Rettig. “From juicy burgers and sandwiches to fresh seafood and salads, we look forward to having options for even the pickiest member of the family.”
Closeup of a woman enjoying a poolside drink

 

Resort-Style Pool

Whether the day calls for a refreshing dip or an invigorating workout, Tesoro Club Members will enjoy the Junior Olympic-sized heated swimming pool. Surrounded by chaise lounge chairs, Members can relax poolside to take in the Florida sunshine while enjoying a refreshing cocktail and delectable Florida menu from the Pool Bar. Both the men’s and women’s changing rooms are also equipped with showers, and locker storage, offering plenty of room to prepare for the day.
 
“Our goal in the pool area is to create an environment that is both relaxing for adults and entertaining for the kids,” said Marco Schlenz. “The surrounding area is so serene and peaceful, and we look forward to providing the perfect Florida retreat.”
Aerial image of Tesoro Club Pool

 

Tennis and Pickleball Courts

When it’s time to hit the courts, a full racquet facility at Swim & Racquet Club is the place to be. Avid tennis buffs of all ages will enjoy play on 9 Har-Tru tennis courts. For those jumping into the pickleball craze, eleven pickleball courts are currently under construction, along with two bocce ball lawns. Tesoro Club is also staying ahead of the trends with its newest addition, a padel court. This rising international sport from Europe combines the elements of tennis, squash, and badminton in a court that’s a quarter of the size of a tennis court. A fully equipped Racquet Pro Shop will ensure members look and play their best, with a wide selection of tennis and pickleball equipment and apparel, as well as racquet stringing and repair services.
Couples playing pickleball on the Tesoro Club courts

 
From a rich mosaic of top-notch amenities to its beautiful South Florida surroundings, Tesoro Club inspires a lifestyle rich with moments to treasure. For those wishing to be among the first to cherish this country club lifestyle, a limited number of social Memberships are currently available. For more information, register your interest at TesoroClub.com.