Turfunderground’s Top 5 Public Golf Courses in Palm Beach

Eric von Hofen and the Breakers Hotel
Heading to Palm Beach, Florida this winter for some sun, relaxation, and golf?   You better do your homework if you want to play some golf. There are over 290 golf courses in Palm Beach Country, but most of them are private and you can’t get through the gates. So if you are lucky enough to have a wealthy uncle or friend from college that lives in the one the gated golf course communities, you will be hard pressed to find a game.

Palm Beach county has a population of over 1,200,000 million people so the courses are packed in the season. Palm Beach island has a year-round population of 10,468, with an estimated seasonal population of 30,000. The winters are mild and produce night time lows in the 50’s and day time highs in the 70’s. This winter has been below the norm and like many areas of the country. It has been cold during the month of December and January should be better for sure.

You can experience some of the best public golf if you follow my list.

1. The Ocean Course at The Breakers Hotel. Course was redesigned by Brain Silva.
2. The Champion Course at PGA NATIONAL. Course designed by Jack Nicklaus and also home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic.
3. North Palm Beach Country Club. Course was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2006.
4. The Rees Jones Course at The Breakers Hotel. Course was redesigned 2006.
5. The Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course. A gem by the sea for sure. Course was redesigned by Raymond Floyd in 2009 and was voted Best Par 3 in America by Golf Digest.

Have fun, bring your sunscreen and your wallet.


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  1. I think Eric has a good collection, but may have missed a few good ones.

    Check out West Palm Beach Country Club off Forest Hill in West Palm. Recently renovated Dick Wilson golf course has always been one of the best in the county.

    Not sure if Emerald Dune is private, public or even open, but it has always been a favorite.

    Save some cash and try Ocean Breeze in Boca Raton, the edges are a little rough, but the green generally roll great and highest greens fee is always under par.

  2. Joe, I only put ones on the list that I have played. I will have to check out the ones you commented on. Thanks for the input and Happy New Year. All the Best in 2011.

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