The course at Palm Beach National Golf and Country Club plays the way the architect meant it to be played.
Palm Beach National Golf and Country Club is, first and foremost, a place where you’ll always enjoy a great round of golf. The kind of golf that was played 40 years ago and, if we have anything to do about it, will be that way into the foreseeable future. We have a great course, one on which we will make improvements but not changes.
The original course was built in the early 1960s, but the late accomplished golf architect Joe Lee redesigned the entire layout in the late 1970s. The course he produced boasts a traditional style more commonly associated with early layouts, one that’s a welcome relief from the many recent Florida courses that are big on style but lacking in substance.
The fairways at Palm Beach National are generally wide and welcoming, but trees, water and other hazards gobble up mis-hits. Both the fairways and greens feature plenty of movement. TifEagle greens await you at Palm Beach National!
This is one of the best-conditioned courses you’ll play, maintained to the highest standards and the public is always welcome!
Let’s take a tour of the course from a Golf Pro’s Perspective
Many people have seen photos of our famed par-3 third, a stunning island hole and our recently renovated bulkhead lined finishing hole. But unlike some courses with one exciting signature hole and seventeen other holes that don’t live up to the billing, Palm Beach National features an entire course full of interesting, challenging holes.
The opening hole at Palm Beach National is a classic Joe Lee par-5. The backs of bunkers are built up to provide both visual clues and intimidation from the tee. A smart play is a straight shot between two fairway bunkers on the left and another on the right.
The second shot is most often a lay-up, as the green has two deep bunkers in front waiting to snag the shots of those who go for it in two. A short pitch in to the putting surface is all that remains, though another bunker sits behind the green and can grab long balls.
plenty considering the size of the target. Carts can be driven up to the green, which sits on a bulkhead wall — another characteristic Joe Lee feature.
As if the surrounding water doesn’t make golfers swallow hard before teeing off, a sand bunker sits on the front left of the putting green, with a grass bunker on the front right. Fortunately, some 10 yards of rough surrounds the putting surface, making it a slightly bigger target and increasing your chances of keeping your ball dry.
The par-4 fifth hole is the number one handicap hole on the course. At 426 yards, the challenge entails both length and shot placement. There’s water that must be cleared from the men’s tee, which shouldn’t be a problem unless you top the ball—no pressure!
The dogleg-right fairway features a bunker in the fairway, challenging big hitters to try to carry it safely over the bend. The fairway is what architects call “well defined” on both sides by pine trees — golfers call it “tight.” A straight shot into the green is critical.
Like many of the greens at Palm Beach National, the fifth hole is best approached in the air. The run-up zones are narrow and punishing. On this green, there are bunkers practically surrounding the short grass.
On the back side, golfers get a little chance to catch their breath and build confidence before facing the par-5 fourteenth. The hole looks fairly straight from the tee, but there’s a late dogleg that breaks dramatically left.
Golfers won’t reach that left turn until their third shot, when they’ve likely already discovered that the fairway is closely guarded on both sides by imposing Norfolk pines. Trees surround the green and demand precision on the approach.
The next hole, fifteen, is another dogleg, this time a par-4 that bends to the right. A lake runs along the right side; bite off as much as you can chew on your first shot, but don’t go too far as another lake awaits for those who drive through the fairway.
The green on fifteen is receptive to run-up shots, so take advantage.
The eighteenth shares honors with the island hole third as the signature hole at Palm Beach National. A stunningly beautiful short par-4 of 358 yards, the closing hole is bordered along the left by an out-of-bounds wildlife preserve. Water runs along the right side from tee to the bulkheaded green that’s surrounded by coconut palm trees and bunkers.
Sound like fun? A challenge? The round for you? Come out and give us a go!