TOP 10 LISTS
TOP 10 FLORIDA PRIVATE GOLF COURSES
- The Bears Club – Jupiter, Florida 250 Bears Club Dr. Jupiter, Fl. 561-626-2327 Jack Nicklaus had long harbored a desire to bring a first-rate golf club to his adopted home of South Florida, a destination as fine and reflective of his commitment to excellence as Muirfield Village Golf Club, his masterpiece near his Columbus, Ohio hometown. He made the dream a reality in 1999 with the creation of The Bear’s Club and he spared no expense in mind or motion to create another seminal golf experience. At The Bear’s Club, a golf community nestled among 369 immaculate sylvan, sandy acres a mile from the Atlantic, Nicklaus expertly transformed the native environment with his exacting standards of design. The result is an 18-hole championship course…a gently rolling 7,164-yard layout that exudes a Lowcountry feel as it moves through a property rich in native vegetation, old oaks, pines, cypress trees and wetlands areas. Aesthetically and strategically placed throughout are 102 bunkers, many of them steeply flashed. They were inspired by the bunkers at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, which Jack visited in 1998 when he was captain of the United States Presidents Cup team. A collection of medium-to-large undulating greens demand precision; they are rounded off at the edges and feed into hollows and chipping areas.
- Seminole Golf Club – Juno Beach, Florida. 1499 Seminole Blvd. Juno, Florida 561-626-0280 Seminole Golf Club, is a Private, 18 hole golf course located in Juno Beach, Florida. The Golf Course at Seminole Golf Club first opened for play in 1929. The golf course was designed by Donald Ross.This posh coastal retreat designed by Donald Ross challenges with palms, sea grape bushes, ocean breezes and a varied routing that encompasses two dune ridges. So impressed was Ben Hogan with Seminole’s virtues, that he would play and practice here for 30 straight days each year leading up to the Masters. Architecture fans will get a rare glimpse inside the gates when Seminole hosts the 2021 Walker Cup.
- Old Palm – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 11089 Old Palm Dr. PBG, Florida 561-472-5120 Raymond Floyd has created something positively unique. With superb tee placement and bringing water into play, Old Palm’s beautiful golf course is for all levels of play; one that draws repeat visits from touring pros yet offers a superlatively satisfying and enjoyable round to players with a double-digit handicap. There are many reasons why golfers prefer Old Palm Golf Club over other Florida golf club communities. The fact is, this beautiful slice of heaven was created with but one thing in mind: The love of the game. Old Palm golf course is dedicated to the ecstasy of a long drive down the middle of a deep green fairway and for the agony of a missed putt on a perfectly manicured green. Its unique design makes Old Palm the optimal Palm Beach Gardens golf club.
- Palm Beach Country Club – Palm Beach, Florida 760 N. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, Florida 561-844-3501
The 18-hole “Palm Beach” course at the Palm Beach Country Club facility in Palm Beach, Florida features 6,155 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 72.1 and it has a slope rating of 118 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA, the Palm Beach golf course opened in 1917. Steven Bielsky manages the course as the General Manager.
- Everglades Club – Palm Beach, Florida 356 Worth Avenue Palm Beach, Fl. 561-655-7810 (Taken from Wikipedia) The Everglades Club is the preeminent social club in Palm Beach, Florida. When its construction began in July 1918 it was to be called the Touchstone Convalescent Club and was intended to be a hospital for the wounded of World War I. But the war ended a few months later and it changed into a private club before it was able to open as a hospital. Paris Singer (1867-1932) was an immensely wealthy man in the early 20th century. Singer’s father, Isaac Singer (1811-1875), had invented the sewing machine and Paris Singer had an income of one million dollars a year at this time. Paris Singer and his friend, the architect Addison Mizner (1872-1933), were visiting Palm Beach in the Spring of 1918. Singer decided to build a hospital with Mizner as the architect. Singer had already built three hospitals in France for the wounded. It was during World War I when only war related buildings could be built. Construction began in July. Singer purchased laboratory and surgical equipment. However, as World War I ended, the hospital was redesigned as a private club. There was a main building, eight separate villas, tennis courts, a parking garage across the street, and a yacht basin. The club opened on 25 January 1919. Paris Singer was the President of the club and he decided who could become a member. For its second season in 1920, Mizner supervised the construction of a nine-hole golf course and the landscaping of the club’s 60 acres. He also built an addition to the club on Worth Avenue with eleven apartments and sixteen shops. Mizner’s design for the Everglades Club helped establish a new architectural style for Florida. In the club’s first season Mizner received four architectural commissions. He went on to become America’s foremost society architect of his era. Singer began his club with twenty-five charter members. The club was an immediate success. Two years later the membership was closed at 500 members.
- Old Marsh – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 7500 Old Marsh Rd. PBG, Florida 561-655-5430 – In 1984, Old Marsh Partners purchased the Lewis Ranch, a 456-acre parcel of pristine marshes and stately upland pines tucked away in the heart of Palm Beach County. From this extraordinary property a private residential golf community with a world class club and golf course was created – Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Old Marsh is often called a “purist club”, created for those whose love of golf approaches passion. The historic traditions of the game are cherished and protected at this exclusive club. Laurie Auchterlonie, Honorary Professional to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland was appointed the first and only captain of Old Marsh. Mr. Auchterlonie and his family represent a modern link to this legendary sport. His father won the British Open Championship in 1893, his uncle won the U.S. Open in 1902, and he himself was a recognized international authority on handcrafted wooden clubs. The Auchterlonie family’s personal collection of antique clubs, some dating from the mid 1700’s, is on display in the Old Marsh Clubhouse. Laurie Auchterlonie’s respect for the game’s heritage remains a guiding principle at Old Marsh.
In April 1998, Old Marsh proudly obtained the status of “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary”, which is a program of Audubon International. Members embrace the beautiful, natural setting that is the perfect backdrop for our golf course. Majestic pines, sawgrass vistas and pristine oak hammocks remain virtually undisturbed. Every element of the course is uniquely compatible with the natural environment. Its drainage system allows no irrigation water to be drained into the adjacent environmentally pure marshes or wetlands. Instead, all the water on the course is drained into canals or a series of retention lakes. This sensitivity to the unspoiled natural beauty of Old Marsh is symbolized by the presence of rare Florida sandhill cranes, whose trumpeting call can be heard echoing across the marshes, and whose nests stand along the fringes of the course.
- Dye Preserve – Jupiter, Florida 1808 SE Colony Way Jupiter, Fl. 561-575-9055
“What You See Is What You Get” – Pete Dye
As the architect of record, Pete Dye defends himself against the charge that many of his courses beat the average golfer to death by saying that his sights are always set on the large number of golfers who play the great courses regularly – courses like Seminole, Pine Valley, Shinnecock, Royal St. Georges and St. Andrew’s. “You’ll never hear me call that kind of golfer average,” he said. “He is the ardent golfer and that’s who I build for.”
Trump International Palm Beaches – West Palm Beach, Fl. 3505 Summit Blvd., WPB, Fl. 561-682-0700
Greetings from Donald J. Trump
I am honored to welcome you to Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach County, one of the most ambitious golf course projects ever undertaken. It is a visually spectacular course, replete with hills that contrast with Florida’s level terrain, incorporating landscaped vistas, bunkers and incredible water features. Just five minutes from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, you will find a place that is valued as much for its splendor as for its caliber of play. Newly expanded to 27 holes of premium golfing, it is currently listed by Golf Digest as one of the 50 Best New Golf Clubs built in the United States. The prestigious Florida Golf Magazine rates it “the #1 course in the state of Florida” and it is ranked nationally by GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 in the Country”. Additionally, the Club is the recipient of the Six Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, rating it the “best golf course in Florida.” I look forward to seeing you on the course.
Mirasol Country Club – Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. 11836 Mirasol Way PBG, Fl. 561-345-2849 There is something special about playing a round on a course that has challenged some of the best golfers in the world. The feeling is even more special when it’s your home course! The Country Club at Mirasol boasts 36 holes of magnificent, championship golf designed by legendary golf course architects, Arthur Hills and Tom Fazio. In addition, Mirasol holds the distinction of having hosted the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic four times. The Sunset Course, designed by Arthur Hills, offers multiple tee areas and plays from the length of 5,168 to 7,192 yards. The Sunrise Course, designed by Tom Fazio, offers multiple tee areas and plays from 5,173 to 7,332 yards in length. The practice facilities enhancements completed in 2015 provide an exceptional arena to refine one’s golf skills.
- The Falls Country Club – Lake Worth, Florida 6455 South Jog Rd. Lake Worth, Florida 561-439-9512 A haven for a select group of discerning golf purists, The Falls Club offers no tee times, outstanding amenities, personal attention, and a world-class golf experience. Ride or walk the course utilizing our full service caddy program and experience golf the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Challenge and beauty are the hallmarks of our Club’s 18-Hole championship golf course. South Florida’s “Best Kept Secret Oasis” is privately nestled on our unobstructed 170 acres and was originally designed by Gentleman Joe Lee for our Members to enjoy walking or riding the course. The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches provides Tifway Bermuda grass on our tees, fairways and roughs and upgraded to pristine Mini-Verde greens by Kipp Schulties in 2007. This smooth and fast, luxurious green surface ensures that the course is challenging, but fair for golfers of all handicaps and skill levels. Located between the 1st and 10th tee boxes, The Falls Club’s famous “Snack Shack” Pavilion is always stocked with complimentary snacks and chilled refreshments. The practice facilities and driving range are just steps away from the Golf Pro Shop where our Professional Staff is ready to find you a group, a caddy for your round or a lesson to improve your enjoyment of the game.