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Top 5 golf courses in Palm Beach and the history behind them
Palm Beach, Florida is the golf capital with over 160 public and private courses from globally famed historic landmark courses to some of the newest, most innovative fairways in the nation. With golf being the official pastime in the region, not to mention a year-round activity, there are courses tailored to every golfer. Whether you are avid player, a thrill-seeker or outdoor-activity connoisseur, the golf courses in Palm Beach will guarantee an impeccable experience.
The Breakers Ocean Course
This golf course is Florida’s oldest 18-hole course! It was first laid out in 1896 by Alexander H. Findlay then redesigned in 2000 by Brian Silva, Golf World’s 1999 Architect of the Year. Silva renovated the course and restored its vintage ambiance to attract both the nostalgic and contemporary golfer. The fairways, a total of 6,167 yards, were built to challenge the golfer demanding exact shot-making as it weaves between sandy hazards while players are rewarded through the whole experience by the view overlooking the Atlantic. By preserving the uniqueness of the course, Silva also updated and fine-tuned features for the modern golfer. When not on the fairways, The Breakers Palm Beach resort is the ultimate destination for players who appreciate seamless luxury amenities from the greens to the finest luxury hotel and beachfront accommodations in North America.
West Palm Beach Golf Course
If you are looking for the complete, action-packed adventure in Palm Beach, the West Palm Beach Golf Course should be at the top of your list. Located within a few mile from the trendy downtown area, playing on this course will only be the beginning of a long, fun-filled getaway. The area is known as Florida’s Cultural Capital with an impressive museum collection, top-rated restaurants and dozens of art and special events venues. The historic 18-hole, par-72 course was originally located where the Palm Beach International Airport now resides. As the onset of World Word II demanded an expanded airport, the course was taken over. But the money from the government to purchase the land was used to build what is now the present course by famed golf course architect, Dick Wilson. Re-opened in 1947, the unique, waterless, eighteen-hole layout immediately became host to the “West Palm Beach Open Invitational,” a yearly PGA tournament and was hailed on the “Top Ten,” list of public golf courses in the nation.
Park Ridge Golf Course
Sometimes it is the pure enjoyment of being close to nature that drives a player to a course. The Park Ridge Golf Course delivers a picturesque adventure as one of the most unique courses in South Florida. The course tops 85 feet at its highest point with unparalleled views of the surrounding areas. And beautiful sites are not all that the course has to offer. The captivating backdrop sets up golfers for a challenging course that will keep them motivated. What was originally only a landfill, the Palm Beach County and Solid Waste Authority took and created a unique links-style terrain leading them to win engineering and environmental awards. They are currently a part of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf courses (ACSP), and are committed to environmental stewardship.
Binks Forest Golf Club
Golfers looking for a more exclusive experience will enjoy the elegance and comfort that Binks Forest Golf Club offers. With all of the benefits of a private course but provided at the price of a public course, it is one of South Florida’s most unique golf clubs. The newly renovated 18-hole course provides a championship-caliber experience that was expertly modernized while being delicately preserved to maintain the course’s original integrity. Binks is located among majestic pine trees across 220 acres with the unique feature of not seeing an adjacent hole through the whole course. Originally opening in the early nineties, the venue became home to a PGA event and was voted a “Top 75 Public Golf Course” by Golf Digest. Besides golf, the venue is home to a 30,000 square foot clubhouse with a pool, fitness center, locker rooms and a ballroom that seats up to 300 people.
Osprey Point Golf Course
Osprey Point Golf Course is one of Palm Beach’s newest venues and is raising the bar for public courses as it has continuously received acclaim from golfers since it opened up in 2010. Named “Best Public Course” in South Florida by TripAdvisor in this year, it has three 9-hole courses with each presenting five sets of tees. The course has been praised for its ongoing environmental efforts having been named anAudubon International Certified Classic Sanctuary, only the second one in the nation. Known for its southern hospitality and exclusive facilities and amenities, the attractive rolling layout lures in both the competitive and recreational golfer to take part in its challenging course full of land and water hazards and prominent lush fairways.