Palm Beach County's Premier Daily-Fee Golf Course

The Links at Madison GreenLike much of Florida, Palm Beach County is saturated with golf courses. Including public, private and executive tracks, there are more than 200 courses for golfers to challenge. That’s about equal to the amount of layouts in golf crazy South Korea and more than the burgeoning golf destination of Vietnam and 2016 Olympic host Brazil, where golf will be part of the Games for the first time since the early 1900s.

In a world where options are plentiful, first impressions rule. For many golfers and respected national and local golf publications, one look at The Links at Madison Green was all they needed. It was love at first sight.

Architect John Sanford, who also designed the award-winning golf course at Juliette Falls, received critical acclaim for his creation as soon as The Links at Madison Green made its debut on the South Florida golf scene in the fall of 2001. Florida Golf Magazine wasted no time, hailing The Links as the “Best New Public Course” in Palm Beach County, citing excellent course conditions and service. Golf Digest and Golf Magazine followed shortly thereafter, giving equally glowing reviews of Sanford’s 18-hole championship layout and labeling it as a “Must Play.”

Nearly a decade later the love affair with The Links at Madison Green shows no signs of flaming out. Golfers who’ve sampled the course in recent months are still raving about conditions, value and Sanford’s layout.

The Links at Madison Green

One respondent said of the course, “It’s probably the best entirely public-access course in the area; unbeatable value in Palm Beach County that’s definitely worth the price of admission.”

Another player remarked about the potential difficulty of The Links if you should tee it up from the tips.

“This is a challenging layout, with lots of strategically-placed bunkers, waste areas and hazards lining the fairways and plenty of water. Be prepared for a test of your game.”

Dotted by more than 1,000 tall palms that lay the visual foundation for Sanford’s design, The Links at Madison Green is an ocular adventure that contains a variety of emerald hues and accents. Prevalent water features sparkle throughout your lap around the course as the South Florida sun beams down and illuminates their surface; the course features an astounding 42 acres of water hazards. Sand bunkers and waste areas, numbering north of 100, like the layout’s lakes and ponds, serve as visual components and obstacles to posting a low round.

The Links at Madison GreenPerhaps the most unique aspect of the design from a visual standpoint, and one not frequently found at many courses across the county, is the way that natural sand barrens line the course and serve as a transitional layer between the bright green fairways with natural vegetation of palmettos, grasses and the pines beyond. The subtle blending of several native grasses along with rolling dunes heightens the visual framing of each hole and provides a daunting challenge to those who stray too far from the fairways.

Overall, The Links at Madison Green is an eye-catching assortment of aesthetic elements, but don’t let the overall beauty distract you from the significant challenge you’re about to encounter.

Measuring a demanding 7,051 yards from the championship tees, The Links at Madison Green gives players the chance to bite off as much course as they want, but allows golfers of all levels to compete with four additional sets of tees ranging from 6,723 to 4,863 yards.

As you move backward and tackle tougher tee positions the design not only stretches the course to a more demanding distance, but the shot angles become increasingly precarious. This aspect of Sanford’s design is perhaps the most interesting charac-teristic exhibited by The Links. If you’re playing from the tips, be aware that the slope is a robust 143. Landing areas, as well as birdies and pars on your scorecard, could be very hard to locate.

The idea behind this design philosophy is that the more accomplished player not only has to carry the ball farther, but must also accurately place the ball in the fairway in order to set himself up for his next shot. In this regard, Sanford has succeeded in designing The Links at Madison Green as a course that can accommodate all players. It’s well within the realm of possibility that a young teen, his father, mother and grandfather can play together from four different sets of tees and collectively experience a fair challenge.

Sanford also incorporated many subtle ways of visually deceiving the player into the design. For example, the 424-yard par-4 seventh hole presents an appearance of being quite open from the tee, but the big hitter will find that the hole narrows very quickly, with water right and a large fairway bunker protecting the left. The 449-yard par-4 10th hole creates the opposite optical illusion, with water on the right, this tee shot looks to be extremely tight. However, the golfer will find plenty of room on the left that’s not easily apparent from the back tees.

The Links at Madison Green

The course contains an excellent balance of long and short holes, par 5s that are reachable and those that are not. The four par 3s are among the best in Palm Beach County and the course routing, which takes a player in several different directions, means that the character of each of the par 4s can change daily with the breeze.

Once you’ve safely navigated to one of the layout’s 18 green complexes, you’ll experience one of the few courses in the Palm Beach area with TifEagle Bermuda grass, which translates into some of the purest and smoothest rolling greens in the region. But reaching the green in regulation doesn’t mean your work is complete. These Bermuda greens feature slopes and ridges that will challenge even the most skilled putters. Mounding and extensive greenside bunkering also make getting your ball up and down from around the green a tricky proposition.

Before or after your round an aqua range with numerous tees and island targets makes for an interesting practice session.

The Links at Madison Green is easily accessible from both the Florida Turnpike and from I-95, and is just 15 minutes from downtown West Palm Beach. For more information, visit www.madisongreengolf.com.

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Turnpike Exit #99 – West Palm Beach. Head west on Okoechobee Blvd. approx. 6 miles. Entrance is on the right. Follow the signs to the Clubhouse.

 

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