Why The Palm Beaches Are A Golfer's Paradise

The Palm Beaches are known for their private club and resort courses, but less is known about the four dozen public courses here. Best of all, the cost to tee off offers great value for golfers who are on a budget, giving them the ability to play courses designed by the best.

Here's a sampling of public golf courses to consider on your next visit to The Palm Beaches:

Abacoa Golf Club is located in the heart of one of South Florida’s best-known golf communities – Jupiter. The 18-hole course is designed by Joe Lee. Its rolling fairways are surrounded by serene lakes and tropical plant life. This challenging course will be appreciated by golfers of all skill levels, especially with its unique elevation changes.

Palm Beach Gardens Municipal Golf Course is a par-72 course recently redesigned and renovated by golf architect firm Dusenberry Design. Carved out of the beautiful Loxahatchee Nature Preserve, this course is one of the only in Florida that winds through natural preserve and wetlands areas. It plays to 6,500 yards through southern pines, palm trees and marsh land.

North Palm Beach Country Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is one of only two Nicklaus Signature Municipal courses in the U.S. Play the undulating terrain and conditioned greens against a backdrop of the Intracoastal Waterway on this par-71 links-style course.

Par 3 offers golf on the ocean. Designed by Dick Watson and his apprentice Joe Lee in 1961, this course has received many accolades over the years, including twice being named by Golf Digest as the best Par 3 course in the U.S. Redesigned and renovated in 2009 by Raymond Floyd, it affords golfers views of both the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Okeeheelee Golf Course offers 27 holes of championship golf which equate to three nine-hole courses that may be played in three different 18-hole combinations. Its unique park setting provides beautiful vistas of Clear Lake. The facility is aptly named Okeeheelee, or “quiet waters” in the Seminole Indian language.

Links at Boynton Beach is an 18-hole, 71-par championship course with a practice green, driving range, restaurant and pro shop. Golfing parents and their children will love the additional executive-length nine-hole family course.

Delray Beach Golf Club has a long history, opening in 1926 as a nine-hole facility. Today the 18-hole, Classic Donald Ross design course offers golfers long and short par 4s that will intrigue golfers of all skill levels.

Osprey Point Golf Course is a 27-hole course that's received certification by Audubon International as a Classic Signature Golf Course. This was garnered through environmental measures in its development in 2010, which included the protection of natural habitat, conscious development of the natural surroundings and use of green-friendly Seashore Paspalum grass.

Red Reef Executive Golf Course is a local favorite in Boca Raton, located between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. Designed by Charles Ankrom, its nine holes all boast water views and range from 54 to 227 yards in length.

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