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Golf in Palm Beach, Palm Beach

PGA Resort

400 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens , Florida
Tel: 800 633 9150 (toll-free)

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Abacoa Golf Club

105 Barbados Drive
Jupiter , Florida
Tel: 561 622 0036

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The Breakers

1 S. County Road
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 888 273 2537 (toll-free)
Tel: 561 655 6611

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Palm Beach Golf Course

2345 S. Ocean Boulevard
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 547 0598

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Golf is a huge part of the Palm Beach lifestyle, and the area's waterfront courses and vibrant greens make it a regular stop on the PGA tour. There's even a PGA Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, a 20-minute drive from Palm Beach proper. The courses at the resort are some of the toughest around: Lee Trevino once described the last three holes on the Jack Nicklaus–designed Champions course as "the real killer in golf." Another of the area's more challenging courses is at the Abacoa Golf Club, a 20-minute drive from West Palm Beach in the town of Jupiter. The par-72, 7,200-yard course was one of the final designs overseen by legend Joe Lee before he died in 2002, and the surprisingly hilly elevation rises up to 40 feet, unheard of for a South Florida course.

There are also courses in Palm Beach, of course. The Ocean Course at the Breakers is the oldest in Florida. Railroad magnate Henry Flagler had it built as a 9-hole course when he opened the hotel here in the 1890s, then had it expanded in 1901 to a full 18. It was revamped in 2000 by Brian Silva and is now about 6,200 yards and a par-70 course. The hotel's other course was once known as Breakers West but was renamed the Breakers Rees Jones Course after the designer transformed it in 2004 to a 7,100-yard, par-72 spot. The downside to these two courses is that you have to be either a guest at the hotel or a club member to get a tee time. The public Palm Beach Golf Course is open to all. Endearingly known locally as the Par 3, the course was designed in 1961 by Dick Wilson and is still a favorite today (pro Jasper Parnevik is a fan). The superb views along the Intracoastal Waterway are its best feature, and it's a short course, just 2,465 yards, with holes ranging from 100 to 222 yards each. Its place in golf history was solidified shortly after it opened, when LPGA Hall of Famer Louise Suggs trounced a dozen male pros, Billie Jean King–style.

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