Palm Beach has been described as Florida’s Golf Capital, and for good reason. There are more than 160 golf courses in the area, many of them designed by highly regarded architects, including the legendary Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus.
People who purchase homes for sale in Palm Beach County can join some of the most exclusive private clubs in the state or enjoy many terrific public courses.
Ocean Course at the Breakers
Residents of Palm Beach, Florida real estate know that The Ocean Course at The Breakers is the consensus must-play layout in the entire Palm Beach area. It stands out because of its location at the fabled Breakers Palm Beach luxury resort, right on the Atlantic Ocean, and because it’s the oldest 18-hole course in Florida. Many of the holes have breathtaking views of the ocean, which provides a nice cooling breeze throughout your round. Not only is the scenery stunning, but the golf course itself is challenging. The original course was designed in 1897 by Alexander H. Findlay and was expertly renovated in 2018 by top golf course architect Rees Jones.
The Champion – PGA National Resort & Spa
PGA National Resort is one of the most impressive golf complexes anywhere in the world, and The Champion Course is nothing less than legendary. The Champion is a demanding course, and avid golfers who live in Palm Beach mansions recognize it as the host of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. It was originally designed by Tom and George Fazio and was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2014. One of the touches that Nicklaus added was The Bear Trap, a span of three holes that is described as “one of the toughest stretches in golf.”
The Champion is one of six courses at The PGA National Resort & Spa. Another great is The Fazio, which is perfect for golfers of various skill levels. The newest course is called The Match.
North Palm Beach Country Club
A spectacular, new 37,000-foot clubhouse replaced the original clubhouse that was built in 1963 and torn down in 2018. The clubhouse serves as a wonderful gathering spot for golfers after their rounds and also hosts community events.
Abacoa Golf Club
The Abacoa Golf Club is another outstanding public course located in Jupiter, just north of Palm Beach. It was one of the last courses designed by the highly regarded Joe Lee and opened in 1969. Abacoa Golf Club is known for its sloping fairways, and most of its holes are surrounded by water. Golfers of all skill levels come to Abacoa to play the challenging but fun layout.
West Palm Beach Golf Course
Southwinds Golf Course
Southwinds Golf Course in Boca Raton has the unique distinction of being a great place to get in a round of golf while also being a certified Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary. That means that golfers who are used to carding birdies are just as likely to see wildlife – such as Canadian geese, foxes, iguanas, and otters. Southwinds Golf Course is nestled into a unique setting in a swank neighborhood halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern boundary of the Everglades. It has water on almost every hole.