West Palm Beach, FL – The West Palm Beach Golf Park Committee broke ground tonight April 29th, on the West Palm Beach Golf Park, a newly renovated and designed golf course to provide area residents a place to play.
Early last year, a group of dedicated and influential Palm Beach County golfers, led by PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh, assembled to re-imagine the former municipal West Palm Beach Golf Course and pursue private financial support to allow for the creation of a world-class, non-profit operation dedicated to giving back to the game.
“The PGA of America is dedicated to inclusionary practices and growing the game, while also providing community access to the game through our Place to Play,” explained Waugh. “This project is the single best opportunity I have seen to create an inspirational and welcoming hub for these goals.”
The site, which welcomed over 100 community leaders and donors this evening for a groundbreaking ceremony, will set out to feature the following:
Very affordable lesson programs at the on-site academy
Development of in-school golf programs which will bring students to the facility for a first-time golf experience
Practice facilities available for use by local high school golf teams
Mentoring programs for PGA Professionals
Caddie program for high school youth to engage with business leaders in the community with awards of scholarships
“We also will ensure that everyone in the surrounding community feels welcome and can afford a round of golf or a lesson,” said Waugh. “We take inclusivity extremely seriously.”
Not only will a round of golf at the facility be affordable, it will also be world-class. The committee successfully recruited Gil Hanse, arguably the leading golf designer working today, to design the course.
“This project is a dream opportunity for my team,” said Hanse. “The mission of giving back to the game is inspiring and the site is extraordinary.”
The completed golf facilities will include:
Gil Hanse designed 18-hole course with tees ranging from 4,700 yards to over 7,200 yards, par 71
Gill Hanse designed 9-hole short course
Full short game area with two putting greens
380-yard two-sided practice tee
World class club and putter fitting
World class instruction for beginners to elite golfers of all ages and color
In addition to the golf facilities, the plan for the site will include a modest clubhouse and the new headquarters for the South Florida PGA, further cementing the PGA’s ongoing dedication to supporting this project.
“We look forward to being an integral part of developing something special in West Palm Beach,” said SFPGA President Karl Bublitz. “Moving our headquarters to a world class golf facility will provide the opportunity for us to continue impacting the community through the game of golf.”
The West Palm Beach Golf Course, which originally closed in 2018, is expected to reopen as the West Palm Beach Golf Park, complete with the course, clubhouse and SFPGA Section headquarters in late 2022.