Old Guard, New Home

Old Guard Society

Photo courtesy of The Palm Beach Daily News

Everybody retires to Palm Beach. Even social clubs.

The Old Guard Society of golfers, established on the island in 1918 and soon to be 100 years old, is moving back… and instead of using a hotel porch as its headquarters, the club will get its own building on Bradley Place.

Clubs like the Old Guard Society were transformative in resort golf culture. They were about far more than just golf; they were about extending the life of privilege to a southern destination so that golf and the associated lifestyle could be lived 12 months of the year. These “clubs within a club” (Pinehurst had one, too) required a certain degree of longevity. A gentleman could not be nominated to the Old Guard fraternity until he’d wintered here for at least four seasons.

Its first “meetings” were held at the old Royal Poinciana Hotel (and by meetings, we mean clusters of golfers gathered on the expansive porch, enjoying one another’s company once they’d signed their scorecards). Once organized, the Old Guard operated out of the clubhouse of The Breakers before moving to West Palm Beach in 1992.

According to The Shiny Sheet, the club now has about 90 members, who meet for lunch, cards and golf (especially in season), as well as outings and monthly dinners with their wives.

Welcome home.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

Advertisements

Take Me to Nicklaus Village

Honda Classic.png

Once upon a time, your best chance for a great view of the Honda Classic-clinching putt was to:

  1. Be one of the golfers in the day’s final pairing.
  2. Be one of those players’ caddies.
  3. Be in front of a television.

No longer.

At this year’s Honda, played this Thursday through Sunday on the Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, you can enjoy the action from the Legends Club at Nicklaus Village, an enclosed ground-level box and private, front-row viewing patio at the 18th green.

Cut underneath the elevated skyboxes, the Legends Club is a 2,000-square-foot, climate-controlled hospitality venue with floor-to-ceiling glass. Wide-screen televisions will be programmed to The Honda Classic’s national telecasts. The menu will include full breakfast and lunch offerings, upscale seafood and carving stations and a full bar.

“The Legends Club at Nicklaus Village is the highest-level individual ticket we have ever created,” says Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly. “It’s our version of high-end, exclusive hospitality.”

Legends Club Tickets are $750 and are sold for individual days. Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the 2017 Honda Classic are on sale on the tournament website or by calling (844) 846-6328.

This year’s field includes Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Charles Howell III, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuisen, Ian Poulter, Rory Sabbatini, Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, and Camilo Villegas.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

Free on the Three

cj100715_005

Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Par Three

You don’t often string these four words together:

Free. Golf. Palm Beach.

Our very own Palm Beach Par Three, one of the nation’s premier short courses, is hosting an afternoon of education, motivation and entertainment on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 3-4:30 p.m.

You can meet the teaching staff and hear each of the six instructors share their own personal golf secrets. The instruction staff:

  • Kellie Stenzel: Golf magazine Top 100.
  • Gene George:S. Open and PGA Tour player.
  • Tim McCoy: 40-year member of the PGA .
  • Brad Costa: Instructor to many of the top juniors in the area.
  • Jack Saffold: Coach to many long drive champions.
  • Steve Madsen: Highly regarded SFPGA member.

The clinic will be held on the driving range. There’s no charge to attend, but the course asks that you call (561) 547-0598 to let them know you’re coming.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

Mini Course, Major Mission

MiniGolf2.jpg

Photo courtesy of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

Palm Beach is the golf capital of the Southeast (though we wouldn’t want to argue the point with the good people of Pinehurst). Still, you’d expect even our miniature golf courses would be a cut above, and you’d be right.

Now open at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium – the 18-hole Conservation Course, designed by Jim Fazio and Gary Nicklaus. It’s no ordinary putt-putt; each hole is dedicated to a special facet of Florida’s ecosystem and named for animals or habitats indigenous to South Florida. Players of all ages will enjoy its brooks, butterfly garden and lush landscaping, right in the backyard of our own little gem of a science museum.

Play the course for $7 ($5 for members, who also receive a number of complimentary golf passes). Visit the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach. Learn more at the website or by calling (561) 832-1988.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

 

Nick’s Perfect Palm Beach Day

Nick.jpgHow fun! A new feature on the blog, dedicated to the pursuit of The Perfect Palm Beach Day, as imagined by island insiders, local celebrities and noteworthy neighbors.

Perfect Day logo JPGAnd because the idea came from our friend Nick Gold, public relations director at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, we thought we’d let him go first. So, Nick, what’s your idea of The Perfect Palm Beach Day?

  • Start with a walk or run along the Lake Trail, followed by breakfast at Surfside Diner (on South County Road).
  • Next, stroll south for some shopping along Worth Avenue.
  • Hop in your Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead for the lovely ride along the beach, on your way to lunch at Eau’s new open-air waterfront bistro, Breeze Ocean Kitchen.
  • Shoot a quick round of golf at the Palm Beach Par Three, and then quench your thirst on the balcony at Al Fresco.
  • Finally, zip over the bridge for dinner and to catch a movie at CityPlace.

What about you? What’s your Perfect Palm Beach Day?


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

 

Now on the Tee…

The PGA has just completed its South Florida swing (goodbye until next year, Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship), and you’re itching to play some golf.

But maybe not too much golf. Eighteen holes… so many swings. So many hours.

We’ve got the perfect solution. When was the last time you played a round on the Palm Beach Par Three? Have you seen the new clubhouse, which overlooks the ocean? Did you know the course, redesigned by Raymond Floyd and Dick Wilson, is rated by Golf Digest magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Fun Golf Courses in America? Did you know there’s a new restaurant, Al Fresco, that’s been so successful it was just publically applauded by the town’s Recreation Advisory Committee?

The course is nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic at 2345 South Ocean Boulevard. Call 561-547-0598 or visit this link to book a tee-time.


Published each month, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases a vast array of available Palm Beach real estate, from waterfront estates and landmarked historic homes to in-town flats and high-rise living. Subscribe by emailing palmbeachreg@gmail.com or by calling 561-659-3810. Please ask for the Subscription Concierge.