We’ve assembled the Best golf courses in the Palm Beaches in nor particular order, as currently rated by the Golf, Golf Digest, and Golfweek below. If we assist you in finding the best golf course to play, please book your tee time with our GolfNow feed.
1. PGA National Resort PGA is a massive golf resort complex with 5 championship golf courses, and was the original home of the PGA back in the 1960′s. The courses are only accessible to guests of the resort and members, and are pricey by Florida standards. The Champion, a George/Tom Fazio original, and Nicklaus redesign with the infamous Beartrap closing holes is a must play since it’s the home to the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. The other layouts, Fazio, Squire, The Palmer are all well designed and conditioned layouts, overall a great place to camp out for a week, albeit expensive.
2. The Breakers West Golf Club is one of the two championship courses affiliated with the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, the other is the Ocean Course out on the beach. The West course is about 10 miles west of the resort, and was originally designed by Willard Byrd with a redesign in 2004 by Rees Jones. Excellent layout and conditioning, but very expensive, and during the peak season, it may be necessary to stay at the resort to play the golf course.
3. The President Golf Club The recession has been good to public golfers, golf clubs like the President have opened up for public play! Strictly a private club from the early 1970′s, the President is now open for public play, and has two layouts, the Eagle and the Patriot. It’s located behind the Palm Beach Mall off I-95 at Palm Beach Lakes Blvd routed through an upscale high rise and residential development. The Eagle, which has been redesigned by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. is the one to play here.
4. The North Palm Beach Country Club is a bit of a misnomer in that the golf course is really a muni, and located not far from the PGA National Resort in North Palm Beach. The city took a rather ordinary muni, and Jack Nicklaus re-designed it pro bono since it’s his hometown. It’s turned into one of the better golf courses around, links-style layout, a lot of sand and water, but more playable than most of Nicklaus’ golf courses, and the price is very fair.
5. The Links at Madison Green is located out west in Royal Palm Beach, a John Stanford design through a residential development, but an enjoyable and challenging golf course, always in great shape, although on the expensive side.
6. Polo Trace Golf Club, is south of West Palm Beach off I-95, the golf course is fairly typical of Florida real estate development course, a lot of sand, water, and homes bordering the golf course. The course is in an upscale community, it’s interesting and challenging to play, and was designed by Carl Litten and Joey Sindelar, with a good amount of risk/reward type play.
7. The Links at Boynton Beach, a reasonably good muni, located east of the Turnpike at Hypoluxo Rd. and Gateway Blvd on Jog Road. From the tips, it’s only 6,297 yards par 71, course rating of 70.3 and a 128 slope, and was designed by Devlin/von Hagge in the early 1980′s. Interesting and varied links-style of design, usually in good shape, and a very strong pace of play management, where the rangers, quite frankly, get a little annoying.
8. West Palm Beach Golf Course, also known as the West Palm Beach Country Club, a classic Dick Wilson ( Bay Hill) , parkland style of layout, muni style of clubhouse and facilities, reasonably good condition, and fair rates.
9. Atlantis Golf Club is a good solid parkland style of layout off Military Trail, south of West Palm Beach in Lake Worth. Challenging, yet straightforward layout, reasonably good condition, and fair rates.
10. Cypress Creek is a reasonable priced semi-private by von Hagge in Boynton Beach, south of West Palm a few miles off I-95 or the Florida Turnpike. There’s water in play on 14 holes, it’s well bunkered, challenging golf course, probably not a great course for the higher handicapper.
11. Palm Beach Par 3. Located out on the south side of Palm Beach along A1A, newly renovated by Raymond Floyd and re-opened in the last couple of years, very scenic, challenging, good for a quick round, warming up the short game, and is reasonably priced.
If you don’t mind an hour or so drive, Ft. Lauderdale has a a better selection of upscale daily fees, as does Port Saint Lucie. If we’ve missed any course you feel should be included, let us know here.