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Mike May

The North Palm Beach Country Club


experienced a true transformation, including a

facelift and name change, since it opened in

the mid-1920s. Golfers today are reaping the

benefits of the change to one of the 51 courses

on the Florida Historic Golf Trail.

Funded by developers, Paris Singer and Harry

Kelsey, it was designed by Seth Raynor and

opened for play in 1926. Originally called the

Palm BeachWinter Club, it is located not far from

theAtlantic Ocean and alongside the LakeWorth

Lagoon. Local newspaper articles at the time

reported that the club was accessible by either an

automobile or a fast motor boat, directly from the

Everglades Club, its ‘sister’ club in Palm Beach.

Back then, the green fees were quite affordable

at, $2.50. Oh, how times have changed!

In 1962, the club and golf course were

purchased by the Village of North Palm Beach.

A new clubhouse was built and opened

in 1963, but the original 1926 clubhouse

remained until 1980.

On May 3, 2006, local resident and golf legend

Jack Nicklaus entered the picture and oversaw

major renovations on the course. During the

renovation process, the Golden Bear took an

active role in the

course redesign and

the course re-opened

for play in November.

With his creativity,

Nicklaus maintained the integrity of the original

design, while sharpening its appearance. And,

in some cases, the Golden Bear added a ‘roar’

to the course, especially to the 10th, 11th, and

18th holes which have heavily, but not unfairly,

bunkered fairways.

As you play the 5th and 6th holes, you get a

great view of the Lake Worth Lagoon and its

upscale boat traffic. The waterway flanks both

fairways, but doesn’t impact play. Many of

the greens have enhanced undulations, which

makes putting an experience at times.

North Palm Beach became only the second

public municipal golf course in the U.S., at that

time, to bear the prestigious moniker of a Jack

Nicklaus “Signature”Golf Course.Nicklaus stated,

“The North Palm Beach Country Club is a great

showcase for Palm Beach County.”

He was right and golfers, who have played the

course, agree.

The North Palm Beach Country

Club is a great showcase for

Palm Beach County.



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