Partner Golf Course
In this section learn more about the history of the course and its city, view historic images, find out what the course is like today, discover nearby historic sites and more.
The Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Resort Course is located in the City Boca Raton in Palm Beach County. The Town of Boca Raton was incorporated in May of 1925, at the height of the Florida land boom. That same year, the town council commissioned noted society architect Addison Mizner to plan a world-class resort community. Mizner’s company, the Mizner Development Corporation, hired golf architect Donald Ross to lay out an 18-hole golf course in association with the Cloister Inn. Completed and opened in 1926, the layout stretched across El Camino Real road with holes 1-11, 17 and 18 on the north side of the road and holes 12 -16 on the south side. The local newspaper stated that “The Cloister Inn Golf course has been literally snatched from the jungle.”
In 1927 the Mizner Development Corporation went bankrupt. Clarence Geist bought the defunct corporation’s holdings which included the Cloister Inn and Golf Course. When Geist took over the property he immediately began work on reconstructing the course. He commissioned the golf course architectural firm of Howard Toomey & William Flynn to design two new 18-hole courses. The architects designed the North Course, as it was then called, in such a way to fit all eighteen holes north of El Camino Real.
In 1997, golf course architect Gene Bates oversaw the reconstruction of the Resort Course, which included the complete redesign and reconfiguration of each of the course’s 18 holes.
The 18-hole, par-71 Resort Course at the Boca Raton Resort & Club features five sets of tees playing from 4,500 to 6,200 yards. With 12 acres of lakes, water comes into play throughout most of the course. Signature to the course is a central elevation of more than 30 feet (one of the highest natural points in Boca Raton), a scenic island green completing the course on the 18th hole, and a custom-designed water feature. Architect Gene Bates explains, “To maintain the historical significance of the course, we fashioned many of the tees and bunkers to their original design. However, we transformed the fairways and greens to be much more demanding. Each hole offers five sets of tees, providing a well-rounded resort golf experience.”
*Please note: To enjoy play on the Resort Course, you must be a member or registered guest at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
The Resort Course is dedicated to golfing legends Tommy Armour, “the Silver Scot,” and “Slammin’” Sammy Snead. Both served as golf professionals at the Resort from 1926 to 1955, and 1956 to 1969, respectively.
Inside the Leather
The Historic Cloister Hotel - Located in the heart of the Resort, the 1926 old Cloister Hotel, forms the eastern wing of the current resort. The Boca Raton Historical Society offers tours of the Boca Raton Resort & Club,MuseumTown Hall, the Boca Express Train Museum, the city of Boca Raton, and other specialty tours. Visit Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum for more information.
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