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Named one of Florida’s Top 7 Tennis Communities by the Private Community Registry, Orchid Island’s racquet program is consistently recognized for its scenic beauty and welcoming culture. Behind it all, the Club’s new Director of Racquet Sports coordinates and oversees every aspect of the eight Har-Tru tennis courts and two pickleball courts. Kainoa is no stranger to either sport, bringing over 20 years of racquet experience to Orchid Island. Here’s your chance to meet Kainoa, or Kai for short, and learn more about how he plans enhance the racquet program at Orchid Island.

Turning His Passion into a Full-Time Profession

Since he was a child, Kainoa Rosa has always had a passion for racquet sports. Originally from the scenic islands of Hawaii, Kai started playing tennis when he was only five years old. After moving to Seattle when he was seven, he started playing more often, coached by his mother and uncle, who were both well-known tennis players in the state. Kai went on to play collegiately with a full tennis scholarship at the NCAA D2 University of Hawaii. He was ranked as high as 10th in singles and 8th in doubles in the nation’s most competitive D2 conference. Leading up to his graduation, he decided that he wanted to continue to follow his passion.

“I was deciding what I wanted to do, and I wasn’t done with tennis,” Kainoa says. “I decided I wanted to make tennis my career pathway, and the whole coaching started from there.”

Kai Director of Racquet Sports

After graduating, Kai moved back to Seattle and coached at numerous high-performance tennis programs throughout the Pacific Northwest region, including the Highline College Women’s tennis team. He then relocated to Tampa, where he spent six years working his way up from Tennis Professional to Director of Tennis at Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club. Desiring to live closer to the beach and having heard about Orchid Island’s glowing reputation, Kai and his family made the move to Vero Beach.

A New Generation of Racquet Sports

Excited to bring his expertise to Orchid Island, Kainoa plans to bring the Club’s programming at the eight Har-Tru tennis courts and two pickleball courts to an even higher level. Members can look forward to an expansion of the pickleball program for players of all ages and experience levels, with plans to introduce exhibitions, social tournaments, mixers, and more. He plans to elevate the tennis program as well, incorporating innovative events for Members. Kainoa emphasizes the importance of not only racquet sports but maintaining a fun and social environment for all.

“I can’t give away all my secrets yet, but there will be some fun things that are coming up,” Rosa says, leaving Members anticipatedly waiting. “There’s going to be a balance of competition and social things. But it is definitely going to be some programming the membership has not seen before.”

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A Cherished Community of Active, Engaged Members

From supportive staff to a large Member involvement, Kainoa knows that what makes Orchid Island truly unique are the Members who call this community home. Kai is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside an incredible team and is optimistic about the future of the racquet sport facilities.

“I had known that the previous director was here for 25 years, and any time you have an employee that’s somewhere for that long, especially in the hospitality industry, you know it’s a special place,” Kainoa says.

Kainoa Rosa expresses how thankful he and his family are for the people of Orchid Island. “Everything I’ve experienced so far with the membership and committees at Orchid Island is excellent. Everyone’s made it very easy to transition for my family and me. We’re very appreciative of the staff and the membership here and helping us move our lives to here. We’re very excited to get started!”

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Amenities Surrounded by Nature’s Beauty

Spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River, Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club is highly sought-after for its laidback waterfront lifestyle. The Beach Club serves as the heart of the community, with a resort-style pool, world-class fitness center, salon and spa, and multiple dining venues – all overlooking the azure Atlantic Ocean waters. Residents also enjoy nearly a mile of a secluded beach and an Arnold Palmer-designed championship golf course.

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Located along Florida’s Treasure Coast, Orchid Island is home to a wide variety of premier riverfront and oceanfront estates, courtyard homes, cottages, and mid-rise condominiums. For those interested in learning more about this picturesque, one-of-a-kind private club community, request a complimentary copy of the Orchid Island Magazine. If you’re in the area, schedule a visit to the Orchid Island Realty office for a community club tour. Visit or call 772.388.3888 for more information.

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As featured in TC Palm, written by Janet Begley.

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A new, free health clinic for uninsured people ages 18 to 64 has opened at Operation Hope.

The Fellsmere Volunteer Medical Clinic, run by Dr. Fredy Delacruz, will see patients two half-days each week, and is open to low-income, uninsured residents seeking medical care.

The clinic has two exam rooms, a waiting room and a private office for consultations, and includes a part-time nurse and appointment secretary, who volunteer their time.

Secretary Cecilia Narbaitz and Nurse Charlene Smith assist Delacruz at the clinic.

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Jesse Zermeno, founder and president of Operation Hope, has been working to bring medical services to the many people he serves through his monthly food distributions, school supply giveaway and Thanksgiving food baskets.

“I was so happy I had the chance to meet Dr. Delacruz and introduce him to Operation Hope,” said Zermeno. “He asked me if I had any vacant space in our building where he could run a small medical clinic for the poor. Once we talked about what he wanted to do, I knew this was something Operation Hope wanted to be a part of.”

Before his retirement from private practice in 2006, Dr. Delacruz, 81, a board certified urologist, practiced in Vero Beach, and worked at what was then Indian River Medical Center and Sebastian River Medical Center. He operates a similar clinic in Palm Bay one day each week and volunteers with Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine.

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Background on Dr. Fredy Delacruz

Dr. Delacruz came to the United States at the age of 19 from Colombia. He first trained as a laboratory technician but at the age of 21, he decided he wanted to attend medical school. He graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, and completed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in New York.

Although most men his age would be content to retire, Dr. Delacruz wanted to continue giving back to the community, he said.

He assisted in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2021, providing medical care to thousands who were injured. He also provided urology services at the Indian River County Health Department in Vero Beach.

Delacruz said right now, the most pressing need is to find volunteer physicians and nurses who are willing to donate several hours each month to the free clinic.

He also needs patients who are uninsured and who meet the low-income requirements of the clinic.

“I think there is such a need in this community,” said Delacruz. “I want to focus attention on the patient who can’t afford to see a doctor and doesn’t have insurance.”

Dr. Delacruz and his wife Olivia are residents of Orchid Island since 1997. When not practicing medicine, he can be found on the pickleball courts honing his skills.

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Make an appointment

  • • The Fellsmere Volunteer Medical Clinic is open Monday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Operation Hope, 12285 Fellsmere Road.
  • • Appointments are needed to make sure patients meet the financial parameters of the free program.
  • • Patients cannot have private insurance or Medicare or Medicaid, to be treated at the clinic. For more information, call 772-571-6250.

There are few places in Florida that enjoy a more magical setting than a barrier island nestled between the Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Here, at Orchid Island, just 375 West Indies-inspired residences are nestled in this picturesque setting, many with direct oceanfront or waterfront views. This nature lover’s haven located on the east coast of Florida in Vero Beach is a special place for Members and wildlife alike. See how this private golf & beach club community has embraced and celebrated its natural surroundings.

Uncrowded White-Sand Beaches

Stretching for almost a mile along the Atlantic Ocean, Orchid Island’s Members enjoy a serene coastal retreat. Residents of the luxurious oceanfront estates or carefree oceanfront condominiums, as well as Members of the oceanfront club, have direct access to the pristine shoreline from the architecturally distinct Beach Club. Whether strolling the beachfront, fishing, surfing, paddleboarding or just spending time with family, the beach has a special appeal to every member of the community. The West Indies-inspired Beach Club offers a tropical seaside pool with cabanas and poolside dining. A rejuvenating Spa, Member’s Lounge, and oceanfront dining are also popular destinations for Club Members. Chef Sozio’s gourmet farm-to-table dining and carefully curated cocktails are served with a gentle ocean breeze. Multi-purpose rooms are also home to numerous special interest clubs, including clubs for the arts, cards, Mah Jongg, gardening, sporting, and more.

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Championship Golf Island Style

Surrounded by a seaside natural landscape teeming with wildlife, avid golfers enjoy one of Florida’s few barrier island championship golf courses. This par-72, Arnold Palmer-designed course provides a memorable experience for members of every skill level, with numerous weekly tournaments, events, and lessons coordinated by full-time teaching professionals. Certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, every turn welcomes a delightful surprise with natural neighbors sharing one of Florida’s most diverse landscapes.

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Kayak Cove Launch Along the Estuary

For those who relish spending time outdoors or on the water, Orchid Island’s riverside kayak launch provides direct access to the saltwater estuaries of the Indian River Lagoon, the most biologically diverse waterway in North America. Members love to spend their days birdwatching, paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, and boating around the area’s salt and freshwater marshes, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks. Many of the community’s artistic Members find inspiration for photography or artwork on canvas along the shoreline. On land, the Historic Jungle Trail is an eight-mile adventure along the Indian River shoreline, providing a beautiful backdrop for palm tree hammocks and coastal wetlands. The trail’s end also leads to Pelican Island Sanctuary, the first wildlife refuge in the U.S. National Park Registry.

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A Homestead Surrounded by Nature’s Beauty

Thanks to Orchid Island’s long history of supporting the environment and surrounding wildlife, Members experience the best of Florida’s natural beauty within their own backyards. Manatees, pelicans, tricolored herons, snowy egrets, and more all congregate throughout the mangroves and provide a beautiful sightseeing adventure for any kayaking trip. The area also gives sanctuary to over 1,500 species of Florida’s migratory birds, ensuring birdwatching is a favored Member activity. The sea turtles even feel most at home on the shores of Orchid Island, as the beach is a nesting ground for hundreds of turtles every year.

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River & Oceanfront Private Estate Homes

For those interested in learning more about Orchid Island’s waterfront lifestyle, visiting is an excellent way to get to know the community. Orchid Island is home to a wide variety of premier ocean and riverfront homes for sale, and current listings are featured on their website. With many homes located directly on the water, the magnificent oceanfront estates feature West Indies architectural designs, panoramic natural vistas, and the secluded privacy of living in a gated oceanfront enclave. Luxurious oceanfront low-rise condominium residences are spacious, bright homes with square footage in the mid-3,000 range. A wide array of single-family riverfront estate homes is also available, offering open Indian River views and many with private docks.

With demand for this highly sought-after community at an all-time high, inventory is limited at Orchid Island. To learn more about this picturesque, one-of-a-kind private club community, request a complimentary copy of the Orchid Island Magazine or call 772.388.3888 for more information or to schedule a private community club tour.

The state of Florida is home to some of the world’s top private golf communities. Vibrant landscapes, beautiful scenery, and warm weather allow for play throughout the year. Located on a barrier island along Florida’s Treasure Coast, Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club is a private golf community unlike any other. Of course, club Members enjoy memorable rounds on Orchid Island’s award-winning course, but it’s the unique and welcoming culture and pristine natural environment that makes it the perfect choice for their Florida home. Here’s a look behind the gates of Orchid Island and the many reasons why golf enthusiasts are coming home to the Treasure Coast.

A Pristine Coastal Florida Location

Orchid Island is nestled on a barrier island between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. Gorgeous scenery and abundant wildlife add to the special nature of the community. The golf course is a certified Audubon Sanctuary and home to many native species, including the roseate spoonbill and beautiful white pelicans that grace the lake shorelines throughout the course. The community provides sanctuary to hundreds of species of Florida’s migratory birds and animals, including manatees, river otters, armadillos, and herons. In addition to animals, native plant species including palm trees and mangroves can be found throughout Orchid Island. Pristine bodies of water, native wildlife, and warm weather transform this area into a premier golf community.

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Championship Golf by Arnold Palmer

As the beloved centerpiece of this community, Orchid Island is home to an 18-hole championship golf course designed by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer. Surrounded by a unique natural landscape and warm ocean breezes, this course is one of Florida’s few barrier island courses. Driven by the concept that golf should be fun for all skill levels, the course uses nine tee combinations to create a flexible game, ranging from 4,321 to 7,216 total yards. A calendar filled with numerous weekly events, tournaments, and lessons are coordinated by the full-time teaching professionals to create memorable experiences for all.

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Private Beach Club and Spa

Just a short two-minute golf cart ride away lies the Orchid Island Beach Club and its private Member spa. This oceanfront Club provides direct beach access to the Atlantic shoreline and enviable amenities that make relaxing beachside effortless. Members may choose to spend time lounging by the relaxing pool with private cabanas or partake in the culinary delights of Chef Sozio in the spectacular dining room overlooking the ocean. Members are pampered with a variety of services at the Beach Club spa, including a deep tissue massage or an exfoliating body treatment. Leave feeling rejuvenated and well-rested at this the spa, making a lifestyle of relaxation and leisure a reality. At the Pool Grille, flavorful casual fare is served, and Members can enjoy a refreshing cocktail poolside. The Turtle Bar is the place to be on Friday night for live entertainment in the open-air setting. An architecturally distinct yoga lawn also serves as an event gathering space or the perfect place for family lawn games.

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Inspired Healthy Living

Along with the Club’s championship golf course, Orchid Island’s racquet program and fitness facilities ensure Members find the perfect way to stay fit. Eight Har-Tru tennis courts and two newly added pickleball courts welcome all levels of play. A variety of programs for adults and children, as well as individual instruction from pros, can help lift any Member’s game to a new level while also meeting someone new. For those who prefer indoor activities, the on-site Fitness Center provides a Pilates studio, yoga room, spin room, and more than 35 weekly group classes to help Members look and feel their best.

A Welcoming Private Club Community

The only stranger you’ll meet at Orchid Island is a friend you have not met yet. Valuing friendships and quality connections, the accomplished Members truly love engaging within the community. The relaxed lifestyle encourages people to embrace new activities and interests, as well as allowing them to build quality relationships with their neighbors. Enjoy spending time with one another by exploring the community, relaxing among the palms and, of course, playing golf. Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club is the ideal community for golfers wanting to challenge themselves on a highly decorated course while simultaneously creating quality friendships.

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With its distinct and timeless West Indies style, Orchid Island properties are in high demand. An exceptional collection of riverfront and oceanfront estates are complemented by luxurious oceanfront condominiums and picturesque golf course homes. For those interested in learning more about this one-of-a-kind private club community, we encourage you to request a complimentary copy of the Orchid Island Magazine. This intriguing publication tells the story of the Vero Beach area and how nature coexists with the residents. If you’re in the area, schedule a visit to the Orchid Island Realty office for a community club tour. Visit or call 772.388.3888 for more information.