West Palm Beach golf can be enjoyed year round, which is just one of the reasons why a golf getaway in this southeast Florida city is ideal. West Palm Beach can be found in Palm Beach County, and this county is home to more than 150 golf courses. Many of the best golf courses in West Palm Beach are private and only cater to members. If you're not a member at one of these more exclusive West Palm Beach golf courses, there are plenty of good public courses in the area. One of the best public golf courses in the city is the Palm Beach Public Golf Course, which can be found on Ocean Boulevard. This par-54 course might not be long, but it will present you with some challenging iron shots.
The Palm Beach Public Golf Course was recently renovated, and thanks to the renovations, it is better than ever. You won't find any par-4 or par-5 holes here, but that's just fine by those who appreciate challenging par-3 holes. When a full golf course is what you have in mind on your West Palm Beach golf vacation, you can always play the Lake Worth Municipal Course. This is one of the best municipal golf courses in West Palm Beach, and it enjoys an excellent setting on the banks of Intracoastal Waterway. While the Lake Worth Municipal Course isn't the longest course in the area, it is well-manicured and features some of the lowest greens fees around. One of the other more affordable public courses in the area is the West Palm Beach Golf Course, which has also undergone recent renovations. In addition to enjoying a championship course at the West Palm Beach Golf Course, visitors can also take private lessons. If you just want to practice on your own, this public golf club also features a driving range and a putting green, as is standard at most area courses.
When you want to save money on greens fees, sticking to the municipal West Palm Beach golf courses is a good idea. You can also explore the area if you're looking for other municipal courses to enjoy. In nearby Boca Raton, for example, you'll find an excellent municipal golf club that boasts two courses. As is true at most of the golf courses in the area, the Boca Raton municipal courses offer various sets of tees. If you're a good golfer, you might challenge yourself by teeing it up on the back tees. Speaking of challenging yourself, you can expect the Binks Forest Golf Club (pictured) to test your skills. Like many courses in the area, this one has been recently renovated. You also might be interested to know that this daily-fee course is consistently ranked among the top courses in the area. You can find the Binks Forest Golf Club in the village of Wellington, which is just west of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth.
There is an almost endless number of golf courses in the West Palm Beach area, so you won't run out of fun places to play. If you're really serious about West Palm Beach golf, however, then you might stay at the PGA National Resort & Spa on your next visit. This upscale golfing resort boasts five amazing courses, four of which can be found on the sprawling grounds. The Champion Course at the PGA National Resort is more than 7,000 yards long when you hit from the back tees, and you'll have to be on your game when you pass through the "Bear Trap," which is one of golf's toughest three-hole stretches. The PGA Champion Course is easily one of the best West Palm Beach golf courses, and you might be interested to know that it hosts the Honda Classic every year. This tournament is featured on the professional men's calendar.
The Champion Course isn't the only course that you'll do well to play when visiting the PGA National Resort & Spa. The 6,694-yard Estate Course is bound to please with its lush fairways and subtropical foliage, while the Haig Course caters to golfers of all levels. The other courses that are owned and operated by the PGA National Resort include the Palmer Course, which was named after its famous designer, and the Squire Course, which is appropriately labeled as a "thinking man's course." The Squire Course not only tests golfers off the tees, but it also puts good short iron play at a premium.
While the PGA National Resort is the best place to stay for anyone who wants to enjoy easy access to some of the best golf courses in West Palm Beach, it's not the only resort worth considering. The landmark Breakers Palm Beach, which is about as upscale as it gets, also boasts a fantastic course that any and all golfers would do well to play. If your round goes sour at the Breakers Ocean Course, you can at least savor some spectacular ocean views. The golf course at the Breakers is the oldest 18-hole course in Florida, and it was redesigned in 2000. The Breakers also features another 18-hole course that was designed by renowned golf course architect, Rees Jones. You'll also find a comprehensive golf academy at this exclusive resort. Speaking of golf academies, the PGA National Resort & Spa features what might just be the best golf academy in the world. Two of the planet's best golf teachers are affiliated with the PGA National Golf Academy, and they are David Leadbetter and Dave Pelz. If you're a golfing enthusiast, you'll easily recognize these names.
Since there are so many golf courses in West Palm Beach, it can be hard to make sense of it all. It also doesn't help that many of the courses in the general area are only for member use. Should you need some help finding West Palm Beach golf courses that suit your taste and preference, you can always inquire with the Palm Beach Country Convention and Visitors Bureau upon arrival. You can also ask your hotel or resort for tips. It's worth noting that golfing enthusiasts can buy summertime memberships at many an area course. These discounted memberships take into account the fact that summer is not the peak West Palm Beach golf season. It is extra hot and humid during summer in south Florida, so unless you really want to save on greens fees, you're arguably better off playing your golf here outside of the summer months.