Palm Beach Gardens Golf Club

Palm Beach Gardens Golf Club, FlNatural Everglades beauty and undisturbed wildlife combine to offer the Palm Beach golfer a challenging test of skill and a window into South Florida’s authentic environment. The Palm Beach Gardens Golf Club is an effortless combination of golf cours and nature experience. Framed by the Loxahatchee Nature Preserve, The Gardens begin with a front nine many Florida golfers consider traditional to the geography. Landing areas are bordered by the ponds and waterways that define South Florida.

Several holes require a carry over the wetlands the Everglades is famous for, although no shot is too daunting if you select the tees appropriate to your skill. The par-4 sixth and the par-5 ninth are challenges designed to test your nerve. The tee shots require a judgment of how much of the hole you are capable of carrying.

Rewards for boldness integrated with accuracy are shorter approaches to the green and better birdie chances. Golfers not alert to the limits of their game will likely find the water and place a bogie or higher on the scorecard. As you make the turn to the back nine, the design becomes reminiscent of the Carolinas. Many of the holes are carved through stands of pines draped with Spanish moss. During the rainy season, the elevated cart paths over marshland offer a glimpse into the environment prior to man’s arrival. It is not unusual to see herons, cranes and the ever-present alligator in the area’s designated protected wetlands. Golfers are asked to abandon their shots into these areas in the interest of allowing wildlife an undisturbed way of life.

The Gardens is a par-72, 6,504-yard test of championship golf with five sets of tees to make the course tough yet playable for every golfer. This Roy Case design dials up the challenge level as you make your way through to the closing holes. As you reach number 12, a par-3 with a forced carry over protected wetlands, accuracy becomes the hallmark. Number 13 is a short but treacherous double dogleg par-5 that requires precise ball control. The par-5 18th is a classic risk-reward choice that will give up a birdie but can punish with big numbers as you cross more wetlands to a well-protected green. As is the case on many holes, the design offers the conservative player bail-out areas but tempts the long-ball hitter to try the more challenging shot.

“Exceptional conditions at very affordable prices” is the motto at Palm Beach Gardens Golf Club. The staff believes great service is required to keep guests coming back and they deliver with many a kind word. The extensive practice facilities and warm-up areas provide a perfect start to your day on the Loxahatchee. From the pro shop to the well-stocked beverage carts, Palm Beach Gardens has made every effort to meet discriminating golfers’ expectations. They believe golf is an experience that should be affordable as well as enjoyable. Membership programs are available to those wishing to join and they offer discounts to residents of Palm Beach Gardens. For the summer golfer, the club offers a Multi-Play Pass with significant discounts for prepaid rounds. Whether you play weekdays or weekends, the pro shop will have options to fit your needs. If you are staying for an extended period, please call the pro shop to inquire about which program is best for you.

General Manager Jeff Hersey and PGA professional Steve Russell have designed golf programs to involve all levels of competitors. The Gardens have very active men’s and ladies’ golf associations playing several times during the week. The younger crowd tends to take the tee on the weekends and the club now hosts a couples event every Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. for a 9-hole match. Jeff and Steve believe young golfers will become the clientele of the future and offer an extensive junior program with a membership included for the summer if the child participates in three weeklong sessions. For many novices, golf can be an intimidating experience and Palm Beach Gardens also hosts a par-3 tournament on a monthly basis. The tees are moved forward on each of the holes so the green can be reached on the tee shot, giving an entirely new look to the course. Innovative solutions such as these have made The Gardens an affordable alternative to the private clubs, and many of these club members can be seen “Taking a Walk in The Gardens.”

Palm Beach Gardens Golf Club has been the host to many important events, including the South Florida Golf Tour, the PGA of America’s Winter Tour and just recently the 2001 National Amputee Golf Association’s tournament for challenged golfers. The Marketing Department will tailor a program to fit your event needs so please call to inquire about prices and availability.

As the Internet becomes the information highway many of us rely on, Palm Beach Gardens Golf Club has responded with a great web site. At www.gardensgolf.com, you can tour the facility, take a virtual tour of the course with playing tips, check member and public rates, get instruction for your game from a PGA professional, check the event calendar and get directions to the club from anywhere in South Florida. The marketing staff continues to make improvements to the site and now offers downloadable coupons to help their players get the best value for the dollar. Steve and Jeff also believe customers should have a voice to express their opinions about the club and now maintain a contact page with phone numbers as well as e-mail links directly to their office.

Easily accessible from I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, check the web site for a printable map and directions. If you have not been to this hidden gem, make your next golf outing to a place that offers exposure to the Loxahatchee Nature Preserve while presenting a formidable challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Whether member or daily fee player, you will feel welcome to “Take a Walk in The Gardens.”

 

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