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Top Five Golf Courses in Palm Beach that You Must Play on Your Christmas Vacation

Top Five Golf Courses in Palm Beach that You Must Play on Your Christmas Vacation

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Palm Beach is home to sun-soaked beaches, great restaurants, stunning five-star resorts and—most importantly—over 150 unique golf courses. The continually gorgeous weather and diverse course selection makes Palm Beach a year-round golfer’s paradise, and an ideal destination for a Christmas Vacation. Golfer’s of all skill-levels are represented here, so every kind of links-enthusiast will find an array of choices. But with so many options, it can be tough to decide on which courses, specifically, are the most impressive, and the most worth your time. This is where we come in. What follows are the top five golf courses in Palm Beach that you must play on your Christmas Vacation:

 

The Breakers Ocean Course | 1 South Country Rd.

As the oldest 18-hole golf course in all of Florida, The Breakers Ocean Course is a tried and true classic in every sense of the word. Redesigned in 2000 by famed architect Brian Silva, the classic elements of the original design were mixed with some contemporary features to update the course while still honoring its rich past. As one may expect by its name, the course is situated right on the Atlantic Ocean, with stunning views and an incredibly refreshing breeze wafting in off the water. It is one of the most impressive courses around from an aesthetic standpoint—the whole expanse is beautiful, and the course itself is challenging, impeccably designed and very well laid out.

 

Breakers Golf Course (Image : New York Golfing Magazine)
Breakers Golf Course (Image : New York Golfing Magazine)
The Breakers Rees Jones Course (Image: Rees Jones Inc)
The Breakers Rees Jones Course (Image: Rees Jones Inc)

 

The Champion- PGA National | 400 Avenue of the Champions

PGA National is one of the most well-known golf resorts on the planet. It is home to five courses, but the most impressive, and one of the most well-known courses in the state, is The Champion. The Champion was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus and is the course of the Honda Classic PGA Tour event. It’s a vibrant and challenging course that seasoned golfers searching for a true test will adore. Karen Crouse of the New York Times called it, “7140 yards of venom, a king cobra of a course that rises without warning to strike down the world’s best golfers.” This is not a course for beginners, although they do have five tee positions so being a great golfer is not exactly a pre-requisite—but nonetheless, it is advised. The course itself is remarkably well-designed and maintained as every inch of the 7000+ yards is in pristine condition.

 

The Champion PGA National course No. 3 (Image: PGA Resort)
The Champion PGA National course No. 3 (Image: PGA Resort)
PGA Champion course No. 1 (Image: PGA Resort)
PGA Champion course No. 1 (Image: PGA Resort)

 

West Palm Beach Golf Course | 7001 Parker Avenue

Another well very known and respected destination, West Palm Beach Golf Course has been one of the top courses in the Florida for over 60 years. The layout is decidedly different from other courses in the area as it is waterless and boasts a unique layout with remarkable landscape work and brilliant expanses of rolling hills. The course is difficult but accessible for most skill-levels due to its varied tee locations. Through and through it’s a distinct course with an abundance of character.

 

West Palm Beach Golf Course (Image: WPB Golf Course)
West Palm Beach Golf Course (Image: WPB Golf Course)
West Palm Beach Golf Course Fifth Hole (Image: trip advisor)
West Palm Beach Golf Course Fifth Hole (Image: tripadvisor)

 

North Palm Beach Country Club- Jack Nicklaus Signature Course | 951 U.S. 1

The aforementioned Jack Nicklaus is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers to ever swing a club—and many would argue he is the greatest. The signature course he designed at North Palm Beach Country club is only the second signature Nicklaus course in the US. It’s a links-style course that coalesces wonderfully with the natural surroundings—the entire flow of the course is a thing of beauty. With large, lush fairways, expansive vistas, immaculate greens and the bordering Intracoastal Waterway, every element of this course is top notch.

 

North Palm Beach Country Club ( Image: Village NPB Club)
North Palm Beach Country Club ( Image: Village NPB Club)
North Palm Beach Country club (Image: Minor League Golf)
North Palm Beach Country club (Image: Minor League Golf)

 

Abacoa | 105 Barbados Drive

Opened in 1999 and designed by well-known course architect Joe Lee, Abacoa is a great course for all skill-levels. It’s challenging, but not overtly, so, which places it right in the sweet spot for newbies and scratch golfer’s alike. And the course itself is stunning, with long sprawling fairways, pristine lakes, lush greens and vibrant vegetation scattered throughout. The greens use TifEagle grass, which is one of the best around and it shows in the consistent quality throughout the 18 holes. Overall, a great atmosphere and a great course.

 

 

Abacoa Golf Club (Image: Abacoa Golf Club)
Abacoa Golf Club (Image: Abacoa Golf Club)
Abacoa Golf Club (Image: Abacoa)
Abacoa Golf Club (Image: Abacoa)

 

Christmas in Palm Beach is a sun-infused affair—it’s beautiful. The golf is world-class, the beaches are serene, the food is great and the resorts are luxurious. But they do fill up fast. If you’d love to enjoy the beauty of Palm Beach whenever you so desire, beat the crowds to one of the stunning new condos set to arise in area: The Bristol.  A permanent residence means no more hassle booking a room—you can enjoy some of the best golf in the world whenever you choose.

 

Note: This is a guest post by Candace Schaffer; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author. 

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

8 Comments

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    November 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm
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    • Carmen
      November 13, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Thanks that’s so sweet.

  2. Dennis L. Ward
    April 18, 2017 at 5:24 am
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    The PGA resort is just awesome, looks like a portrait by a famous painter.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

      You’re welcome, Dennis!

  3. Brooke
    May 13, 2017 at 9:12 am
    Reply

    Amazing list! One of the most beautiful courses I have ever seen was El Dorado in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Something about a pristine green turf overlooking the ocean is mesmerizing to me! I was reading some great essays recently from people who are as passionate about the tee as you seem yo be. You can check them out here: Golf Essay

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 16, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Thank you! And thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Abby
    August 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    Reply

    My dad and brother have been working on playing a variety of golf courses in Florida. I will have to give them this list for reference! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 31, 2017 at 12:06 am

      That’s great to hear! Thanks.

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