PGA National, North Palm Beach Country Club Named ‘Best Public Courses’ in Nation

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Waterfront Properties and Club Communities sells golf-course homes in both of the cities where the distinguished links are located.

The Champion course at PGA National

PGA National’s The Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens is a challenging, par-72 course that is home to The Honda Classic every Spring

North Palm Beach resident Jack Nicklaus earned accolades from Golf Magazine this summer when its editors named 36 of the Golden Bear’s courses as the “Best Public Courses” in the United States.

The Nicklaus Design-brand fairways and greens that top the list span 22 states, including Florida. Two of the “Best Public Courses” are in cities where Waterfront Properties and Club Communities lists homes.

PGA National’s The Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens is a challenging, par-72 course that is home to The Honda Classic every Spring. The Champion covers 150 pristine acres and is dotted with PGA National homes for sale. Quick facts about the links: They debuted in 1981, Tom and George Fazio redesigned them in 1990, and Nicklaus undertook the second redesign in 2002.

The Champion course is famed for its daunting “Bear Trap,” the name for the 16th, 17th and 18th holes – the most challenging of the course. During The Honda Classic, VIP galleries are set up along the three holes and owners of homes in PGA National can be seen peering out at the action.

The other Florida course on the list also is in northern Palm Beach County – in North Palm Beach. North Palm Beach Country Club is a mainstay in the cozy village and has roots that date back to the 1920s, well before the incorporation of North Palm Beach in 1956.

Nicklaus redesigned the course in 2006 to commemorate the village’s 50th birthday, and the finished product not only pleased new golfers to the area, but also long-time members of the country club. The par-71 course encompasses an approximate 125 acres along a beautiful stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway where Waterfront Properties offers homes for sale in North Palm Beach.

Nicklaus has called North Palm Beach home for almost 40 years and lives in the gated community of Lost Tree Village. Lost Tree Village homes for sale have old-Florida appeal with modern upgrades and amenities. Some of the homes face the wide water of Lake Worth, many are on the ocean, and others dot the Lost Tree Village golf course.

Nicklaus Design is a leading firm that has conceived of, created and revamped 371 golf courses in 39 states and 36 countries. The first course Nicklaus designed was in 1969, with contemporary Pete Dye, in Hilton Head, S.C. – the seaside Harbour Towns Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort.

Three other courses named to the magazine’s “Best Public Courses” list are in Florida: Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando and Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero. The other states in which Nicklaus Design-brand courses were recognized include Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Florida has the most courses on the list of any of the states, proving the Sunshine State, specifically the Gold Coast that runs from Boca Raton to Tequesta on the list, is American’s new golf capital.

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