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#1 Sacciardo25

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 05:37 PM

I'm heading down to West Palm Beach the first week of April and I'm really looking for help on course recommendations.  Besides the courses at PGA National can anyone suggest some others?  I really appreciate any help. Thank you!


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 08:23 PM

If you're looking for a course that is challenging but very aesthetically pleasing to the eye, you can't beat The Palm Beach Par 3 course. Probably one of the top par 3 courses in the entire country and reasonably priced. I'd definitely check it out if your not opposed to playing a par 3.

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 08:51 PM

View Postbladez1, on 11 February 2018 - 08:23 PM, said:

If you're looking for a course that is challenging but very aesthetically pleasing to the eye, you can't beat The Palm Beach Par 3 course. Probably one of the top par 3 courses in the entire country and reasonably priced. I'd definitely check it out if your not opposed to playing a par 3.

I have heard that it's a great course!  Sounds fun. I think we'll do the par 3 our final day before flying out.  

Would you have any other recommendations for traditional courses?

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:13 PM

Abacoa in Jupiter is one of the best public courses around, about 30 minutes from West Palm. North Palm Beach is a good track as well, kind of between West Palm and Jupiter.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:30 PM

View Postjpt1101, on 12 February 2018 - 10:13 PM, said:

Abacoa in Jupiter is one of the best public courses around, about 30 minutes from West Palm. North Palm Beach is a good track as well, kind of between West Palm and Jupiter.

Thank you!  I am going to reserve both courses.  The other names I have been hearing about are Sand Hill Crane, Madison Green and Atlantis.  After North Palm and Abacoa would you recommend any of those?  I would probably just choose one more as we plan on also playing the par 3. Thanks so much!


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:56 AM

I would stay away from Madison Green. It is a terrible design, but they do keep it in good shape.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:29 PM

The Par 3 is a must. I am also partial to the West Palm Beach Golf Course. It is an old muni in West Palm that I think dates back to the '40's. it hosted what is now the Honda Classic for a number of years. Arnold Palmer won it at least once there. The conditioning is so-so, basically what you'd expect for a muni, but I think the design is great - a lot of sandy waste areas and no water which I appreciate since Florida courses tend to try to have a water feature on every hole.. Price-wise it's hard to beat as well.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:28 PM

View PostSacciardo25, on 13 February 2018 - 07:30 PM, said:

View Postjpt1101, on 12 February 2018 - 10:13 PM, said:

Abacoa in Jupiter is one of the best public courses around, about 30 minutes from West Palm. North Palm Beach is a good track as well, kind of between West Palm and Jupiter.

Thank you!  I am going to reserve both courses.  The other names I have been hearing about are Sand Hill Crane, Madison Green and Atlantis.  After North Palm and Abacoa would you recommend any of those?  I would probably just choose one more as we plan on also playing the par 3. Thanks so much!

Iím not a fan of Madison Green. Funky design and I havenít had good conditioning experiences there. Sandhill Crane is usually in good shape, but there are a few funky holes. Atlantis is a fun course. Great greens, a bit short, but a lot of challenge. That would be my choice of the theee.

West Palm muni is a great layout and one of my favorites in the area, but their sprinkler system broke recently and the conditions are horrendous. Hardly a spot in the fairway with grass, Iíd avoid it for sure. Over run with sand in the fairways. Sad, because itís a fun course to play.

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 09:21 AM

The palm beach par 3 course is a great play. I would argue about the price being reasonable but that may just be me believing you should never pay more than $25 for a par 3 course.

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 09:26 AM

Any of the Palm beach county recs department course are fun to play and won't break the bank


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 04:11 PM

Concur with most of these suggestions----

West Palm IMO is the best public LAYOUT in South Florida...terrific. But in the worst shape I have ever seen on the fairways. Greens fine, but, the huge sand waste areas buried the course in IRMA and hurt the turf badly, or so I'm told? hope they can turn it around. Do not recommend

Our winter place is in Abacoa--it is in terrific condition right now. Greens excellent. The course itself has a lot of redundant holes--big brawny Florida course by Joe Lee. A bit overpriced, but you aren't playing it everyday, so it would still top my list.

Sandhill Crane very good, PB par 3 a "don't miss". North PB very good but I'm not a Nicklaus fan.

South if you want a bit of drive, I recommend Osprey Point in the Boca area.

Finally, not necessarily one of my top 2-3, but if you want a "value" round, look up  Atlantic National, which I think is another good layout in Lake Worth. I enjoy the course (not as good a shape as Abacoa or Osprey) but can usually find deals on the golf websites

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 04:43 PM

Sandhill Crane has been in amazing shape lately! New clubhouse will be open this weekend and it is beautiful.
Donít be fooled by the yardages on the card. It plays alot tougher than it sounds. Course management is a must!
Fairways are lush and the greens are fast.

The PB par 3 is a rip to play, especially if the weather is good. Great views on both sides(ocean and intercostal).

Abacoa is excellent as is Osprey Point.

North a bit is Hammock Creek, Lost Lakes and Champions at Summerfield. All excellent tracks!
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 11:33 PM

Played the palm beach par 3 in December.  It was great.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 10:14 AM

Bummer about the West Palm course. I'll be down in April and will give it a pass on this trip. Hope they can come back from this. I'll probably spend most of my golf time at the Par 3 as usual anyway. My uncle belongs to a really nice course in Boca, Royal Palm, and I'll probably get a round in down there as well. Course is in perfect shape but it's a Nicklaus course with water everywhere, and I too am not a fan.Still, he's paying so can't complain.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 12:20 PM

If you can wiggle your way on, Pine Tree is one of the best courses in the area.  One of the best and authentic Dick Wilson courses in existence.  And its not leisure Florida golf, it's a southern winter club for guys that play out of serious golf clubs up north, so it stacks up.  Very challenging course.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 11:34 PM

If you know some of the right people, obviously try for Seminole. Extremely overrated, but one of the finest golfing experiences in the country. Others I suggest include MCarthur, Bears Club, and Lost Tree.
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 03:09 PM

View PostVanderslam9, on 16 February 2018 - 11:34 PM, said:

If you know some of the right people, obviously try for Seminole. Extremely overrated, but one of the finest golfing experiences in the country. Others I suggest include MCarthur, Bears Club, and Lost Tree.

100 percent agree on Seminole, it'll be nice to showcase it though in 2021 for the Walker Cup. Then everyone will be able to see it.



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 08:47 PM

View Postmmckee02, on 16 February 2018 - 12:20 PM, said:

If you can wiggle your way on, Pine Tree is one of the best courses in the area.  One of the best and authentic Dick Wilson courses in existence.  And its not leisure Florida golf, it's a southern winter club for guys that play out of serious golf clubs up north, so it stacks up.  Very challenging course.

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Pine Tree is an awesome track and definitely worth a go if you know the right folks. Have five or so rounds under my belt there this year and enjoyed them all. Great atmosphere too.
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 09:02 PM

View Postclp34vmp, on 16 February 2018 - 10:14 AM, said:

Bummer about the West Palm course. I'll be down in April and will give it a pass on this trip. Hope they can come back from this. I'll probably spend most of my golf time at the Par 3 as usual anyway. My uncle belongs to a really nice course in Boca, Royal Palm, and I'll probably get a round in down there as well. Course is in perfect shape but it's a Nicklaus course with water everywhere, and I too am not a fan.Still, he's paying so can't complain.

Apology for highjacking original topic a bit, but after my negative current review on the West Palm Beach course conditions, I did think it fair to share that I read that there will be a major restoration project coming. Headed by John Sanford, it would restore the Dick Wilson original, replace the vast sandy areas with natural waste areas, etc. Sounds fantastic, hope it comes off, and turns out well.

Edited by stringbean502001, 07 March 2018 - 09:04 PM.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 12:46 PM

really depends on where you are staying & how much you want to pay. if you can get on breakers rees jones, thats better than abacoa though both are good. palm beach par 3 is fun but its still a par 3. another vote for osprey point but it is down in west boca. however its a FUN challenging golf course. if you do osprey, you want falcon/raven 9s.


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