Bonnette Hunt Club in Palm Beach Gardens was started in 1961 by William A. Bonnette Jr. The road was an old shellrock road and seemed to be way out in the country. We are now surrounded by development and golf courses but still try to maintain the "Old Florida" feel at our lodge and parties with lots of Florida foliage, pine trees and pine needle covered paths to the Lodge.
Bill, a long time resident and visitor to Palm Beach County, realized that there was little land left for hunters. So he started the club as a private hunt club with some of the best Quail hunting, bird dogs, and guides in the country. The members and guests have included people like Lawton Chiles, Burt Reynolds, Bing Crosby, Mead Johnson, Jim Kimberly, Peter Pulitzer, Alex Dreyfoos, and many other long time Palm Beachers. It was also one of King Hussein of Jordon's favorite places to hunt. The members shoot their quaill and then enjoy a delicious quail lunch at the lodge where they can sit and discuss the day's hunt with fellow hunters.
The Lodge was built in 1968, and members started bringing guests to small dinner parties that grew and grew. We now can seat over 350 people and have worked with all sorts of Palm Beach County groups for charity functions, political rallies, Christmas parties, and other special events for many of the local businesses, as well as private parties for our members. We have served the same traditional "Southern Slow Cooked Barbeque" for almost 40 years, but have added a few new things along the way.
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