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The best golf courses in Palm Beach

 
 

Dubbed the 'golf capital of Florida', Palm Beach is famous for its pristine greens and premier courses.

 

26th September 2014

The Chesterfield Palm Beach

Dubbed the 'golf capital of Florida', Palm Beach is famous for its pristine greens and premier courses. The perfect place to practice your swing, this sunny stretch of Florida coastline offers some of the finest courses in the country, many designed by America’s most celebrated golfing architects. The playground of many a millionaire and celebrity, Palm Beach enjoys a reputation for extravagance and exclusivity, and the golf clubs are no exception.

Just a few blocks from the beach, The Chesterfield Palm Beach offers the ideal base from which to explore the local area, with both palm-lined boulevards and some of the best golf courses in Palm Beach within easy reach of the hotel. With America’s highest concentration of courses right on your doorstep, you’ll be playing with the big boys in no time at all.

PGA National

The PGA National at sunset © Brian Oar Fairways Photography

The official home of the Honda Classic and a former Ryder Cup host, this PGA resort first opened in 1981 and since then has hosted some of the biggest names in international golf. The PGA National offers five challenging courses including The Champion, known for its perilous ‘Bear Trap’, which was redesigned by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. Of the other four courses, The Palmer, named for its famous designer Arnold Palmer, is perhaps the best option for less experienced golfers.

The Breakers Palm Beach

The grande dame of Florida’s golfing community, The Breakers Palm Beach offers two championship courses and a 140-acre Ocean Course with wonderful Atlantic views. Built in 1896, the Ocean Course is rumoured to be the oldest 18-hole in Florida, set against the dramatic Italian Renaissance-style façade of The Breakers resort. A popular celebrity haunt, you could well be practicing your drive alongside Hollywood film stars.

Palm Beach Par 3

Set across 39 acres of scenic oceanfront and intercoastal terrain, Palm Beach Par 3 is a fantastic place to while away an afternoon. A great option for golfers of all levels, you can expect water hazards, sand traps and perfectly preened greens at this Dick Wilson course, redesigned in 2009 by renowned Hall of Fame golfer Raymond Floyd. A short 15-minute drive from the Chesterfield, this is a convenient option for fun, family-friendly golf.

Bear Lakes Country Club

A relative newcomer on the Florida golfing scene (opening for play in 2000), Bear Lakes boasts two Jack Nicklaus courses. The Lakes Course offers challenging play, with many shots over large expanses of water and around 800 trees to navigate en route to the putting green. The Links Course, meanwhile, is designed to reflect traditional Scottish links courses, with rolling mounds, perfectly placed bunkers and wild native grasses.

The Madison Green Golf Club

 
 

A few minutes from downtown West Palm Beach, this 72-par golf course is set in lush natural surrounds and nature preserves. With no parallel fairways, this 18-hole course winds its way through palm trees and towering oaks for an exciting and unpredictable game. A local favourite of amateur and professional golfers, Madison Green has hosted the Honda Classic qualifiers for the last two years. 

North Palm Beach Country Club

 
 

Yet another Jack Nicklaus course, North Palm Beach Country Club is one of the biggest and best links-style golf courses in Palm Beach. Set on the Intercostal Waterway, the undulating greens, elevation changes, hidden bunkers and rolling fairways have helped make North Palm Beach one of the area’s most popular 18-hole courses. Popular with enthusiastic golfers and beginners alike, this signature Nicklaus course comes highly recommended. 

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