It doesn't take long to feel welcomed at Palm Beach National Golf Course. It starts before players even sink their tees into the immaculate turf, when the smell of warm cookies and sound of inviting music draw him into the clubhouse. It continues as they spy the extensive practice grounds just outside the clubhouse, composed of a 10-acre driving range with grass tees, a 7,500-square-foot putting green, and a 3,000-square-foot chipping green.
The feeling also pervades the course itself, though that's not to say it's a walk in the park. On the signature third hole, a 164-yard par 3, players must mentally block out the water that completely envelops the island green and focus their attentions on delivering the golf ball to the putting surface. The 18th hole demands similar aquaphobia, as a lake runs directly alongside the fairway's right flank, from the tee to the green to players' nightmares about giant faucets they can't turn off. Elsewhere on the 160-acre expanse, imposing stands of Norfolk and Slash Pines, coconut, royal and queen palms, oaks, and cypress trees each do their part to make sure the course offers up a pleasant challenge for beginners and scratch golfers alike.