The Best Public Golf Courses in South Palm Beach County

Posted by Jeremy Olsher on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 5:20pm.

Living in Palm Beach County, Florida has many perks. Beautiful weather, sparkling beaches, exotic food, and absolutely no snow! South Palm Beach County is the area closest to Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and is just north of Broward County Florida. For avid golfers, perhaps the biggest perk for those living or visiting beautiful South Palm Beach County is being able to enjoy the many gorgeous golf courses we have in the area. This beautiful paradise not only has magnificent weather but plenty of golf courses for everyone to play. South Palm Beach County happens to be one of the hottest locations in the nation to hit the links, with an abundance of beautiful golf courses with spectacular views and surroundings. 

For those who love the game of golf but don't have the means to belong to a country club, there are some excellent public golf course options available in South Palm Beach County. Typically, peak season in South Florida, where the golf rates will increase, is from November 1 to April 30th. The off-season is May 1- October 31. Expect to pay about double the cost in "season" for a round of golf, but the weather will be picture perfect on most of those days. The average cost for a round of golf in-season is $90, give or take, depending on the time, and about $50 in the off-season.

Here, we round up the top 10 public golf courses in South Palm Beach County and will give you a taste of what each of them has to offer you. There are many other courses in the area, but at Mizner Residential Group, we tend to stick to these go-to courses in the area. We can’t advise you what club to use on your next shot, but we can tell you what our top 10 public golf courses have to offer you. Whether you’re a serious player or just love to get out there once in a while with friends, here in South Palm Beach County, we’re lucky enough to have some of the best public golf courses to play all year round. It’s time to swing the stress away with our top 10 public golf courses in South Palm Beach County, Florida. Hit em straight.

#1 - Osprey Point Golf Club

Osprey Point Golf Club in west Boca Raton is the newest of Palm Beach County’s public golf courses. Since its doors first opened in 2010, this eco-friendly golf course has gained a lot of attention. Offering three 9-hole courses (the Hawk, Falcon, and Raven) which can be played in three 18-hole combinations, and open 7 days a week, including holidays, it has raised the bar for public golf courses in the area. In 2015, TripAdvisor named Osprey Point as the best public golf course in South Florida. The players card for $100 includes a free round (use it in-season for the most value), discount pricing on range balls, and the option to reserve a tee time online a week in advance (vs. three days for non-members). If you want to play this course, we highly recommend the players card, as tee times book up fast, and without the players card, you won't get a chance to play in the morning or reserve a time easily (or possibly at all). There are no homes on this golf course which makes it relaxing and it feels like you are on a nature preserve. There is some trouble to get into (lateral hazards), with plenty of water and hazard areas on the course. Be careful, as this course gets a lot of play, and there are locations where you need to look out for flying golf balls. Just be safe out there and be present, and you will enjoy this gem of a facility in west Boca Raton, Florida.

#2 - Palm Beach National Golf and Country Club

Palm Beach National Golf and Country Club is a must-play golf course for golf lovers. Those who are visiting the area will be delighted with this beautiful golf course and its spectacular design. Palm Beach National Golf and Country Club boasts a classic championship design that was created by Joe Lee, one of the most memorable golfers. This 18-hole course features 6,647 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.

#3 - Atlantis Country Club

Conveniently located in Palm Beach County, Florida, this spectacular golf course offers the elegance and comfort of a country club resort in a picturesque setting. This public golf course is open year-round, providing its players with championship golf and fine dining experience. Atlantic Country Club has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re looking to host an event, a private party, or a golf outing, you’ll find Atlantic Country Club to be the perfect course for you. This 18-hole, Par-72 Championship layout will be one of the best courses you play on. There is also a golf shop and practice area on site.

#4 - Winston Trails Golf Club

Winston Trails is located in Lake Worth. This beautiful course was designed by the renowned golfer Joe Lee and provides a one-of-a-kind and upscale semi-private golfing experience. Players have over 7,000 yards from the Championship Tees. The facility provides spectacular manicured fairways with generous landings and perfectly conditioned putting greens.

You will fall in love with this course from the second you see it. Winston Trails prides itself on providing a private club atmosphere for the public. This club is an award-winning club where you can find merchandise at discounted prices year-round. It is one of the best practice facilities in Palm Beach County and features a 70-yard short game area with bunkers, pitching & chipping green. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center and sauna for men and women.

#5 - Westchester Country Club

At Westchester Country Club, players can do more than just play golf. Conveniently located only a few minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean in Boynton Beach, Florida, this spectacular club offers 27-holes of Karl Litten designed Championship Golf that offers five different sets of tees, creating a one-of-a-kind golfing experience for players of any skill level. Westchester offers three 9-hole courses that are beautifully blended with the natural vegetation that we’re so accustomed to here in South Florida. Golf will not be the only thing you’ll discover at Westchester Country Club. It also features an 18-hole Par 3 Course, a newly renovated practice facility, and a divine restaurant. If you're interested in buying a home, the neighborhood Lakes of Westchester lines the course and has membership options.

#6 - Park Ridge

One of the four Palm Beach County-operated public golf facilities, Park Ridge in Lake Worth provides players with an affordable round of golf. Conveniently located in a secluded location that is surrounded by preserved parklands, this spectacular course has rolling hills, breathtaking lakes, and is—best of all—very affordable.

At Park Ridge, you’ll find the John Prince Golf Learning Center that offers a state-of-the-art practice facility that has everything a golfer would need. This golf course has been rated one of the best stand-alone driving ranges since 2012. Park Ridge Golf Course offers 18 unique holes of links-style designs. And let’s not forget, you’ll fall in love with the views here.

#7 - Southwinds Golf Course

Southwinds Golf Course is a delightful Par-70 golf course that is conveniently located only a few minutes away from the Gold Coast beaches of the Atlantic, right in the heart of Boca Raton, Florida. With luscious foliage, beautiful aesthetics, and water spanning in every direction, this beautiful course was voted “Best of Boca” in 2003 and 2004. Southwinds offers a driving range and a full practice facility that includes bunkers and putting green. The golf course prides itself on providing excellent course conditions and friendly staff to ensure you have the best golfing experience in South Palm Beach County.

#8 - Okeeheelee Golf Course

Okeeheelee Golf Course has three 9 hole courses and is located in West Palm Beach. There is no shortage of Florida Wildlife to be seen on the course, and the surroundings are beautiful. The championship course is a bit of a challenge to play, thanks to a large amount of water on the course. The one-of-a-kind rolling landscape is dotted with lakes and mature trees throughout. You can see the fairways from every angle and most of the holes are wide open. There are some strategically placed bunkers that surround the fast greens. You will also discover a few holes that feature hidden water hazards to make them just a little bit more challenging. The layout offers a number of tricky holes, but it makes for a very exciting game. This course is perfect for both experienced players and novices looking for a good challenge. There is a beautiful park and disk golf course in the area as well.

#9 - Delray Beach Golf Club

Of course, we couldn’t give you the top 10 public golf courses in South Palm Beach County without inserting our own city course here in the middle of Delray Beach. First opened in 1926, this golf course is a little bit older and could use a little TLC. But if you can get past that, you’ll find this course to be a lot of fun to play. Touring professionals on their way to Miami used to stop to play at the Delray Beach Golf Club. It has excellent fairways and exceptional drainage. In fact, this club was once listed as one of the ten best courses in the country (back in the day). Can you believe that? Today, Delray Beach Golf Club prides itself on being an accessible public venue to give experienced players and rookie golfers a place to play. 

#10 - Palm Beach Par 3 Executive Course

Prepare yourself for a one-of-a-kind golfing experience. This spectacular course can be played by any skill level, but believe me, the Palm Beach Par 3 Executive Course will give you a challenge, as well as provide you with a relaxing and picturesque background. If you want to test your accuracy on the greens, this is the place to do it. With water hazards and sand bunkers, they’ve got you covered. 

Do you want to improve your game? Then the Palm Beach Par 3 Executive Course is the perfect course for you! The course was designed by a Hall of Fame golfer, Raymond Floyd, in 2009 and sits on 39 breathtaking acres, both on the ocean and on the Intracoastal. It was ranked in the Top 50 Most Fun golf courses in the United States by Golf Digest Magazine in 2013. It also offers a new clubhouse that was built in 2014. This is the perfect practice range, and a great place to shop, dine, and enjoy a wonderful golf experience. 

So what do you say, did we miss any great public golf courses in South Palm Beach County that should be in the rankings? Let us know what you think about our list.

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