Featured in an episode of the Golf Channel?s The Haney Project, Palm Beach Par 3?s acclaimed layout blankets the breezy space right between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway. Originally designed in 1961 by famed course architect Joe Lee, the course received a face-lift from Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd in 2009, adding drama to a water-kissed terrain that has hosted the LPGA Pro-Am and welcomed players of the likes of George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, and the Hamburglar. Stitched by the curvy trunks of vibrant palm trees, the course?s saltwater- and drought-resilient paspalum grass helps it thrive in its seashore location. With the longest hole measuring in at 196 yards, Palm Beach Par 3 provides ample opportunities for players to snag a coveted hole in one.
Course at a Glance:
Designed by Joe Lee and refurbished by Raymond Floyd
18-hole, par 27 course
Length of 2,572 yards from the farthest tees
Three tee options
Established in 1978, the executive course at Lone Pine Golf Club gives golfers of every skill level the chance to play a quick and exciting round. Players find birdies attainable throughout the course as they take aim at the overall par of 62. Groups typically take between 2.5 and 3 hours to traverse the short, easily walkable course, allowing golfers to conserve energy without shaving their heads to reduce drag. Visitors who would like to squeeze in some practice can launch balls skyward from grass tees at the club's practice facility, and hone short strokes on its putting and chipping green.Course at a Glance:
Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
As one of 15 chapters in Florida and nearly 200 worldwide, The First Tee of The Palm Beaches uses the game of golf to instill in local children positive life skills and a love of physical activity. The organization recognizes that life between the ages of 5 and 17 can be full of new experiences and difficult challenges?one might call them hazards?and organizes its on-course curriculum to help teach Nine Core Values that can be carried throughout life.
The list includes things like honesty, which covers telling the truth about scores; integrity, which teaches that players should never move their ball even if no one is looking; and perseverance, which instructs youngsters to never give up even if that means diving after a ball into a water hazard. The organization brings kids together?nearly 350 on a given week?for summer camps and after-school sessions at the Michael B. Finnegan Golf Learning Center, where they have access to a par 3 course, short-game practice areas, and a driving range, all presided over by PGA- and LPGA-certified instructors.
It can take a lifetime to fully master the intricacies of golf. Fortunately, Golf Professional Services is home to more than a dozen instructors who've dedicated their careers to that lofty goal. These coaches help adults and juniors to become complete players who can hit the ball straight and sink putts without replacing one hand with a putter head. Adult students advance through a five-level training regimen, beginning with an introduction to the game and progressing through on-course practice and video analysis.
In addition to helping grown-ups lower their handicaps, the training center is also home to the Junior Golf Foundation of America, a 501c(3) nonprofit founded in 1995. Using a trio of municipal facilities furnished by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, the foundation gives all children the chance to learn the game and inherit its positive life values. Since inception, more than 65,000 youngsters have enrolled in the year-round program, enriching young lives while expanding the game to new generations.
The South Florida Players Golf Tour grants members VIP access to some of the finest golf courses basking in the warm rays of the Sunshine State. The Tour spoils clubbers with discounted rates, advance tee times, and unlimited high-fives at 10 partner courses?from the Tom Fazio-designed loop at The Golf & Racquet Club at Eastpointe to the rolling fairways of Polo Trace Golf Club. Additionally, golfers can take advantage of several members-only perks, including discounts on a pair of tournaments and a shiny new handicap card for logging their exploits on the fairways.