In that imperative, time-honoured question to golf or not to golf, the answer is always, invariably, to golf. With five superlative courses within Palm Beach proper, and many more besides, the ever-exclusive golfing greens of Palm Beach are a honeypot for celebrities and millionaires alike. Here’s our little black book of the best golf courses in Palm Beach, where film stars go to practice their drive.
Old Palm Golf Club
Revered as one of South Florida’s most exclusive golf courses and golfing communities, Old Palm Golf Club offers world-class golf, for all levels of play. Conservationists need not be alarmed, either: with sensitive and harmonious landscaping rolled out across more than 4000 acres, the club was awarded Gold Signature Sanctuary by The National Audubon Society in recognition of their efforts.
Old Marsh Golf Club
Carefully situated amid 456 acres of protected marshland and majestic, upland pines, the natural landscape of Old Marsh Golf Club remains undisturbed, and the sound of rare sandhill cranes can be heard trumpeting in the distance. This is a platinum golfing experience for those of a purist persuasion: those who love golfing in its finest, most traditional form.
The Loxahatchee Club
Heralded as one of the most creative and imaginative courses from professional golfer-turned-course designer Jack Nicklaus, The Loxahatchee Club offers a challenging yet enjoyable run that does justice to the game. In 1989 it was rated as one of the top 100 courses in North America by Golf Digest, and has sustained this formidable level of excellence ever since.
Emerald Dunes Golf Club
There are no half measures at Emerald Dunes Golf Club, but every detail is committed entirely and absolutely to the love of golf. Recognised as one of very finest courses in America, Emerald Dunes takes a traditionalist approach on a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course, landscaped with natural dunes and ornamental native grasses.
The Bear’s Club
Yet another successful venture from golfer-turned-designer Jack Nicklaus, The Bear’s Club opened for play in 2000 to provide a world-class golfing experience near Palm Beach. Approached as a culmination of his own career in the golfing industry, this near-utopian vision for the perfect golf course has been recognised by critics as one of the world’s elite.
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Written by Elizabeth Gourd