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In this section learn more about the history of the course and its hometown, see a selection of historic and current images of the course, learn about what the course is like today, and discover nearby historic sites.

West Palm Beach Golf Course

History

The West Palm Beach Golf Course is located in the City of West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County. West Palm Beach Country Club was built in the 1920’s and was the city's first golf course. During World War II, it was purchased by the federal government to enlarge the Palm Beach Air Force Base (Morrison Field). With the purchase funds, in 1942 the City leased the Belvedere Country Club to provide citizens a place to golf. City officials considered purchasing the North Palm Beach Golf Course and clubhouse but decided instead to build a new golf course closer to the city. They selected the design of prominent golf course architect Dick Wilson, and began construction in 1946.  Wilson designed a unique, highly rolling, waterless 18-hole layout. The new course opened in 1947 and was soon hosting the West Palm Beach Open Invitational, a yearly PGA tournament. Arnold Palmer, Gardner Dickinson, and Gay Brewer are just a few of the past winners at the annual Palm Beach event. The Golf Course was restored in 2009 by ten time PGA Tour Champion Mark McCumber. 

1953 Aerial of West Palm Beach Golf Course

Opening Day at West Palm Beach Golf Course

Putting Green and Clubhouse at West Palm Beach Golf Course 1950s

Jackie Gleason, Arnold Palmer, and Charlie Philips tee off in the PGA Tour West Palm Beach Open

Today

The 18-hole, par-72 West Palm Beach Golf Course features five sets of tee playing from 5,000 to 7,002 yards. Rolling terrain, elevated greens and tees, a magnificent variety of native vegetation, palm, pine and oak trees, and no water hazards distinguish this public course from others in the county. The West Palm Beach Golf Course has a full grass driving range, a large practice area overlooking the course, and lesson programs are available.

8th hole at West Palm Beach Golf Course

7th hole at West Palm Beach Golf Course

Junior Golfers at West Palm Beach Golf Course

Hickory Golfers at West Palm Beach Golf Course

Local Knowledge

In 1959, Arnold Palmer won the West Palm Beach Open in a three-way playoff on this golf course with rounds of 72, 67, 66, and 76 and earned the winners prize of $2,000.

1959 Newspaper Article on Arnold Palmer's Victory at West Palm Beach

Inside the Leather

Flagler Museum – When Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that it was, "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world." Built as a wedding present to his third wife, Mary Lily, the Flagler’s 100,000 square foot winter home was designed by architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings. Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and special programs.

Following his earlier career as founding partner and "the brains" behind Standard Oil, in the late 1800s, Henry Flagler invested himself in the development of Florida. He established transportation infrastructure and many elements of the tourism and agricultural industries that today remain as the very foundation of Florida's economy. His construction of the Over-Sea Railroad remains one of the most ambitious engineering feats ever undertaken by a private citizen. Visit Flagler Museum for more details.

Flagler Museum

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West Palm Beach Golf Course

7001 Parker Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

7001 Parker Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

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Phone: 561.882.1591