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10 Great Golf Courses in Palm Beach Gardens | Waterfront Properties

Posted by Gerald Lombardo on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 7:35am.

There’s a reason why legendary professional golfers tend to gather and establish permanent residence in the Palm Beach Gardens area. The Palm Beaches are the true golf capital of the world with more than 160 public and private courses. We have some of the most acclaimed golf courses and resorts in the nation, and in turn have established some of the most exclusive golfing communities in the upper echelon of society. Public or private, we hope this list of manicured greens and social clubs helps guide you to the nearby fairway of your dreams.

Ballen Isles County Club

Location: 100 Ballen Isles Circle, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Ballen Isles offers three championship courses that were originally designed by John D. MacArthur as home of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, for many years it was the site of the PGA TOUR’s Qualifying School and hosted the game’s greatest players in the PGA Championship, World Cup, the PGA’s Senior Championship and numerous other golf classics. Developed by two of the most highly respected golf course architects in the world, Dick Wilson and Joe Lee, these courses have been constantly updated so that each course plays at a championship level from the back tees and is very playable for those of all skill levels from more forward tees. The clubhouse is 72,000 square feet of generous verandas complimenting a beautiful coastal Florida design.

The East Course underwent a major renovation in 2008 by world-renowned architect Keith Foster, earning it the national “Renovation of the Year” award from Golf, Inc. Magazine. This par 72 East Course spans 7,189 yards from the farthest tees and is where future PGA tour professionals qualified, including Tom Watson and Bruce Fleischer. Some of the biggest names in the golf world have played on the East Course, from Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus to Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer.

The North Course first opened in 1964 with nine holes, but Joe Lee built the back nine in 1969 making it a par 72 course with a length of 6,865 yards from the back tees. Renovated in 1994, lakes and natural preserves border most fairways, demanding accuracy off the tee. It underwent an additional $5 million re-design and was re-opened in December of 2013. The new design of the golf course is challenging and rewarding to all handicap levels and is against a pristine backdrop. 

The South Course also opened in 1964 as a 9-hole course and was expanded to 18 holes by Lee in 1970. In 2000 the South Course was completely redesigned by Gene Bates. At 6,872 yards, this par 72 course is a favorite of the members for its challenging but fair layout that rewards strategy and accuracy. It allows the thinking golfer opportunities to level the playing field against big hitters.

Ballen Isles also offers a world class golf practice facility featuring a driving range, chipping green, putting green, and practice bunkers and the Ballen Isles golf academy.

On top of the three golf courses, BallenIsles is also the #1 ranked tennis facility in the country, has a top of the line fitness center and sports complex including sauna, steam rooms and a resort style pool, and offers a full service spa and salon.

For Membership information, please contact Pam Lawler, Membership Manager, at 561-775-4763 or email pam.lawler@ballenisles.com.

Home Price Range: $200,000 – $4 Million

Number of Golf Holes: 54 - 7,189 yards (East), 6,865 yards (North), 6,872 yards (South)

Course Designers: Keith Foster, Joe Lee, Gene Bates

Golf Membership Rates: $35,000 non-refundable $85,000 equity

Membership Types: Golf, Sports, Tennis, Social & Fitness

Requirements: Private Club. Residents Only

Amenities: Clubhouse, Par 72 (East, North & South) courses,

Tennis, Fitness Center, Pool, Spa & Salon

Country Club at Mirasol

Location: 11600 Mirasol Way, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

The Country Club at Mirasol offers two championship courses designed by Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills. Surrounded by natural preserves and exquisite lakes, the club offers 36 holes of golf, fine dining, a sport and fitness center, tennis courts, a pool, and a spa. The Country Club at Mirasol is a five-time member of the prestigious group of Platinum Clubs of America, a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, and has been recognized as a Distinguished Emerald Club of the World by club industry publication The BoardRoom Magazine. 

Home of the Honda Classic from 2003-2006, the Sunset Course was designed by Arthur Hills and opened in 2001. This par 72 course plays 7,192 yards from the tips. The Sunrise Course was designed by Tom Fazio in 2003, then renovated in 2017. The par 72 course plays at a distance of 7,332 from the back tees.

The Country Club of Mirasol also offers an excellent pro shop that carries a wide range of sportswear and the newest golf technology. The learning center offers both indoor and outdoor teaching facilities, as well as private lessons, an extensive junior golf program, and weekly clinics.

In addition to the two championship golf courses, the Country Club at Mirasol offers a full service spa, including a wet room for treatments such as body wraps and exfoliations. 15 clay tennis courts including a championship center court accent a state of the art fitness center with a spacious aerobics studio and a fully equipped cardio workout room. The junior Olympic sized saltwater swimming pool features an elevated deck and a spectacular fountain.

For more information on membership at Mirasol, please call 561-776-4949.

Home Price Range: $450,000 – $5 Million

Number of Golf Holes: 36 - 7,192 yards (Sunset Course), 7,332 yards (Sunrise Course)

Course Designer: Arthur Hills & Tom Fazio

Membership Rates: Golf - $130,000, Sports - $90,000, Social - $60,000

Membership Types: Equity Golf, Equity Sports & Equity Social Memberships

Requirements: Private Club. Residents Only

Amenities: Clubhouse, Par 72 (Sunset), Par 72 (Sunrise) courses,

Tennis & Sports Complex

Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club

Location: 13495 Tournament Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Frenchman’s Creek is a residents-only year-round country club community set on 700 acres of land. 36 holes of championship golf are offered, giving members two distinctly different golfing venues to choose from.

Each course has a unique style and flow, delivering a wide variety of challenging holes. Creeks and lakes intertwine among the landscaping and wildlife. With six different sets of tees, there is an option for all skill levels. A bi-level driving range and a chipping and putting practice area give members ample space to practice and work on their game.

The par 72 North Course was designed by Jim Fazio in 1973 and is 6,938 yards from the back tees, while offering a wide variety of competitive yardages with $,895 yards from the foreword tees. The South Course is even longer at 7,034 yards, and was designed by Robert Cupp to offer a challenging par 72 championship layout.

The pro shop offers a variety of equipment and apparel with a customized buying program to satisfy all tastes and needs.

Frenchman’s Creek has three PGA certified golf professionals on staff that offer an extensive instructional program catering to all skill levels of members and guests. They also offer competitive golf tournaments and events as well as a fully equipped golf shop.

On top of golf, Frenchman’s Creek offers a top of the line spa and fitness center that is opened 24 hours a day. Some of the classes offered include step aerobics, yoga, tai chi, golf fitness, zumba dance, and spinning. They also boast a premier beach club, complete with a beach wait staff, allowing residents to kick back and enjoy all the beauty that south Florida has to offer.

For mariners, Frenchman’s Creek has a deep water canal with direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean. Residents also have priority access to the boat and yacht slips at the full-service Loggerhead Club and Marina, located directly adjacent to Frenchman’s Creek.

For membership information visit Frenchman’s Creek’s website at www.frenchmanscreek.com.

Home Price Range:  $700,000 - $5 Million

Number of Golf Holes: 36 - 6,938 yards (North), 7,034 yards (South)

Course Designer: Jim Fazio & Robert Cupp

2018 Membership Rates:  $175,000

Membership Types: Equity

Requirements: Private Club. Residents Only

Amenities: Clubhouse, Par 72 (North) & Par 72 (South) courses, Tennis, Fitness Center, Spa & Pool

Lost Tree Club

Location: 11520 Lost Tree Way, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

The Lost Tree Club is an exclusive member’s equity club offering golf, 9 tennis courts, boating, a fitness center and an exclusive golf resort on 450 acres of oceanfront land developed in 1959.

 Membership is by invitation only and is located in four areas – the main Club House, the Beach Club, the Pelican Club, and Court 10, the wellness facility.

Lost Tree Club offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Lost Tree Club difficult yet friendly on the Jack Nicklaus designed course.

 The Club is very active socially and hosts functions for families during the season for Halloween, Easter and Christmas Holidays. Fashion shows, Key note speaker lectures, bridge tournaments, and theme evening events are included in the entertainment.

 For more information on membership, contact Sheri Herb, Membership Director, at 561-626-2003.

Home Price Range: $2 Million – $16 Million

Number of Golf Holes: 18 - 6,813 yards

Course Designer: Jack Nicklaus

2017 Membership Rates: Golf - $208,000 plus $25,000 non-refundable fee

Membership Types: Golf & Social

Requirements: Private Club. Residents Only

Amenities: Clubhouse, Par 72 course, Tennis, Fitness Center

North Palm Beach Country Club

Location: 501 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

This 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature designed course overlooks the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. Sitting atop the Seminole Ridge, this par-71 course is one of only two Nicklaus designed municipal courses in the United States. The course offers five sets of tees, making the course playable to golfers of all levels. Whether a scratch golfer or just out for a weekend with the guys, this course is challenging but fun all at the same time. This must-play golf course hosted the 2012 Florida State Amateur Qualifier, featuring generous fairways, excellent green settings, and challenging shot values. With all of this combined with the beautiful south Florida views, no wonder it is one of the premier public courses to play in the country.

Annual and summer memberships are available. For more information on membership, please call 561-691-3438.

Home Price Range: $100,000 – $9 Million (Surrounding Area)

Number of Golf Holes: 18 - 6,867 yards

Course Designer: Jack Nicklaus

Membership Rates: Resident - $2,412.85, Family - $3,477.50

Membership Types: Family, Single, Business, Touring Pro, Corporate

Requirements: Private Club. Residents & Non-Residents

Amenities: Clubhouse, Par 71 course, Tennis & Pool

Old Marsh Golf Club

Location: 7500 Old Marsh Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Opened in 1987, the Pete Dye course at Old Marsh Golf Club is a 5-Star Platinum Club ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and was home to the 1992 USGA Women’s Amateur Championship. This 18-hole championship par 72 course was renovated in 2004 and plays 7,000 yards from the tips. Old Marsh has kept a few of the most cherished elements to the game with its caddie program and absence of start times. Recognized as some of the finest caddies in the southern part of the United States, they insure an exceptional golf experience. Tee times are not required at Old Marsh which allows members to enjoy a round of golf at their own convenience.

For information on membership contact Cathryn Vaughn, Director of Member Services at 561-626-7400 or cvaughn@oldmarshgolf.com.

Home Price Range: $650,000 – $4 Million

Number of Golf Holes: 18 - 7,039 yards

Course Designer: Pete Dye

Membership Rates: Equity $95,000

Membership Types: Equity Memberships

Requirements: Private Club. By invitation only

Amenities: Clubhouse, Par 72 course & Tennis

Old Palm Golf Club

Location: 11089 Old Palm Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

This Raymond Floyd designed course is truly a one-of-a-kind, and honors the legendary competitor with sixty-two tournament victories by preserving the love of the game. Opened in 2004, the par 72 course offers a unique “19th hole”. The island style green par 3 is only 99 yards but poses as a tough challenge and is a perfect way to either settle a wager with a playing partner or simply enjoy a challenge after your round is over. Playing at 7,400 yards from the tips, Old Palm offers six tees on every hole. The course is like a tale of two courses. The front 9 plays like a classic open Florida golf course with wide fairways, while the back holes seem more like a North Carolina course with its canopy of towering pines. Old Palm honors a traditional “no tee time” policy, offering its members the opportunity to play at their leisure.

Members of Old Palm can take advantage of private golf lessons with Head Pro Mark Hackett and special clinics with Director of Golf, Bud Taylor. Hackett is one of the Top 100 golf instructors in the country according to Golf Magazine, and his staff of PGA golf instructors offer weekly practice sessions for men, women, and couples.

Old Palm offers a 33-acre Golf Studio unlike any other in the world, which provides a practice driving area and even has three holes that replicate conditions on the main course. Also featured at Old Palm Golf Club is a full-service spa and fitness center as well as several dining options in the clubhouse area. Memberships range from $21,000 to $175,000 depending on level and equity options.

For more information on membership contact Cathryn Vaughn, Director of Member Services at 561-626-7400 or email cvaughn@oldmarshgolf.com.

Home Price Range: $3 Million – $8 Million

Number of Golf Holes: 19 - 7,400 yards

Course Designer: Raymond Floyd

Membership Rates: $175,000

Membership Types: Equity & International

Requirements: Private Club. By invitation only

Amenities: Clubhouse, Par 72 course & Tennis

PGA National Resort and Spa

Location: 400 Ave of the Champions, West Palm Beach, FL 33418

Known as host of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic each spring, PGA National Resort is home to five of the top golf courses in Florida including The Champion, The Palmer, The Squire, The Fazio, and The Estates.

Home of the “Bear Trap” and the Honda Classic, The Champion is the toughest par 72 golf course in Florida. Originally designed by Tom and George Fazio for major tournament play, The Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2014. “The Bear Trap” on PGA National Resort & Spa’s The Champion course is an intimidating trifecta of holes – 15, 16 and 17 – known as among the most demanding 3-hole stretches on the PGA TOUR. If you’re not ready for the perils of the real-life Bear Trap, an HD indoor golf simulator is available for on-demand weatherproof golf instruction.

Named after its designer, The Palmer is one of the more forgiving par 72 courses from tee to fairway, and provides a more risk/reward game. Named after the first golfer ever to win the professional Grand Slam, Gene Sarazen, The Squire is a “thinking man’s course” which requires accuracy and precision. The Haig was designed by George and Tom Fazio in tribute to five-time PGA champion Walter Hagen, and its renovation is being led by third-generation designer Tom Fazio II, who emphasized modernizing the course layout. Designed by Karl Litten, The Estates course presents an enjoyable mix of challenging and docile holes. The course sets up for any level of player as it is one of the shorter courses at PGA National Resort & Spa. 

The Sports & Racquet Club offers members over 75 Aerobic classes a week, 17 Har Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play), 14 treadmills, 12 personal trainers, 10 tennis pros , 10 ellipticals, 10 stationary bikes, 5 croquet courts, 3 aerobic studios, 2 multi-use pickle/paddle tennis ball courts, 2 functional training rooms, 1 racquet ball court, 1 Pilates studio and a Step Mill. 

For more information, please call 561-273-2920.

Home Price Range: $150,000 – $1.5 Million

Number of Golf Holes: 72 – 7,045 yards (The Champion), 7,079 yards (The Palmer), 6,447 yards (The Squire), 7,050 yards (The Fazio), 6,694 yards (The Estates)

Course Designers: Tom & George Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Karl Litten

Membership Types: Golf, Junior Executive, Sports, Tennis, Social

Requirements: Resident & Non-Resident

Amenities: five PGA Championship Golf Courses, top notch golf schools, seven dining options, a sports and racquet club, tennis, croquet, spa, socials

Sandhill Crane Golf Course

Location: 11401 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33412

Located in the heart of the Loxahatchee Nature Preserve, this par 72 Roy Case designed course has very unique features. Winding through nature preserves and wetland areas, it is one of the only golf courses in Florida that combines Florida wildlife with a challenging day of golf. Five sets of tees allow golfers of all skill levels to enjoy a pleasurable and challenging day on the course. Members play 6,500 yards through southern pines, palm trees, and marsh land, while the elevation changes showcase breathtaking views throughout the course. Sandhill Crane offers clinics and lessons for all ages and genders and even organizes Men’s and Women’s leagues every week. Palm Beach Gardens residents can partake in a free clinic on the last Saturday of every month.

Opened in 1992, this course offers private lessons, camps, and club fitting for adults as well as juniors. Head golf professional Sherri Pla and her staff of instructors offer video analysis, on course instruction, and short game instruction. In addition to the amazing program they run throughout the year, Pla Academy through their PBGYAA and Sandhill Crane Partnerships offers volunteer outreach programs for those who would otherwise not be able to enjoy the game of golf. 

Junior golf programs are run throughout the year at Palm Beach Gardens Golf Course and teach all aspects of the game. Kids 10 and under play for free and kids over 10 play for discounted rates all year long. Junior Golf Clinics are also available on the first four Saturdays during the months of September through May. Annual and seasonal permits are available.

For More information call 561-630-1160 or visit www.GardensGolf.com

Home Price Range: $150,000 – $3 Million (Surrounding Area)

Number of Golf Holes: 18 – 6,500 yards

Course Designer: Roy Case, Dusenberry Design

Membership Rates: Resident - $1,000-$1,1700, Non-Resident $1,150-$1,900

Membership Type: Single, Couple, Parent-Child, Family

Requirements: Residents and Non-Residents

Amenities: Clubhouse, Par 72 course, Pro Shop, Locker Rooms

Seminole Golf Club

Location: 901 Seminole Blvd, Juno Beach, FL 33408

Seminole Golf Club has been ranked in the 100 greatest golf clubs in history by Golf Digest since 1966, ranked highest at #8.  Located just north of Palm Beach Gardens in the town of Juno Beach, this course was cleverly routed by Donald Ross in 1929 on a rectangular site with each hole encountering a new wind direction.

Founded by E.F. Hutton, Seminole has a rich history of being a golf club for the corporate elite. The course has hosted kings and presidents including Eisenhower, Henry Ford, JFK, and the Duke of Windsor. Its prestige of members doesn’t end there. In 1947 members included Joseph P. Kennedy, Henry Ford II, Jack Chrysler, Paul Mellon, Phillip Armour, John Pillsbury and Robert Vanderbilt. Seminole’s membership has always included titans of industry, politics and golf. Henry Picard, the 1938 Masters winner, was the professional at Seminole for 26 years and Ben Hogan spent a significant amount of time here playing and practicing.

Seminole enjoys a pace of play in under 3 hours and 40 minutes, with fast, elevated greens. Golfers must calculate with great effort, for while an approach may land on some part of the green, the sever pitches will likely cause the ball to roll off. Without rough around the greens, it may head deep into the 40-foot dune ridge that runs alongside the western edge of the property.

Membership at Seminole Golf Club is extremely exclusive, with no website or information about the club available except a phone number- 561-626-0280. Jack Nicklaus was even rumored to have been denied membership.

Home Price Range: $250,000- $9,000,000

Number of Golf Holes: 18 - 6,836 yards

Course Designer: Donald Ross, Dick Wilson

Membership Rates: Unavailable

Membership Types: Unavailable

Requirements: Private Club, Invitation Only

Amenities: Unavailable

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