Old Palm News

Executive Golfer – June 2011

June 01, 2011


Located kitty-corner to the PGA of America’s world headquarters, Old Palm Golf Club offers a compelling amenity package and a strong ladies golf program. PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA: Raymond Floyd, the golf industry’s colorful and outspoken World Golf Hall of Famer and 1976 Masters champion, makes a valid point. “As a golf course architect, you only have one chance in your lifetime to design ‘the one.’ Arnold Palmer has Bay Hill in Orlando, Jack Niklaus has Muirfield Village in Ohio, and I have Old Palm,” declared Floyd. Old Palm is a low density, Audubon Gold Signature community situated on a one-square-mile parcel of land. Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is 20 minutes to the south and the beach is 15 minutes to the east. “The Palm Beach Gardens area is a great place to live,” said Floyd. “The airport is close, there are excellent medical facilities, the weather is ideal, and you have every service you could need within a short drive.” The community has 85 acres of lakes and almost that much space in preserves. Quality craftsmanship through-out the community is evident. The custom tile work, five fireplaces, and pecky cypress (a type of distressed wood) ceilings make the clubhouse feel elegant and intimate. Other amenities include a spa; a fitness studio with Cybex machines and free weights; two Pilates studios; a serene pool; and four treatment rooms for massages, concierge services, and guest casitas. FLOYD’S DESIGN CONCEPT “Golf is a game and games are supposed to be fun,” said Floyd. “I have accomplished my job as a golf course architect when I hear a foursome walk off the 18th green and say, ‘wasn’t that a great day!’” “While I was busy designing the golf course,” said Floyd, “my wife Maria was simultaneously hard at work on the clubhouse. She did an outstanding job by creating a certain warmth and ambience. You actually feel like you’re walking into someone’s home.” A VERY WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE “It was time,” remembered Peter Krones, member at Old Palm Golf Club. “Our family had lived in New Jersey for many years and, in 2006, we decided to relocate to South Florida.” This was no easy decision,” explained Susanne Krones. “My husband has an ‘A Type’ personality and many a night was spent contemplating a move. “Susanne and I did a lot of research. We both enjoy golf and wanted to find a golf community where you didn’t have to fight for a starting time or have to ‘bring your own game.’ Old Palm fit the bill,” said Peter. “Old Palm Golf Club impressed us,” continued Susanne. “It is so well maintained and peaceful. When we joined, we were in our 40s and were a bit worried whether we would fit in. We didn’t know anyone in town and wondered how we would adjust to the Palm Beach lifestyle. What a pleasant surprise we encountered at Old Palm. The Club has families ranging in age from their 30s to 80s. The nice mix of generations makes for interesting conversations. Our membership is a group of people you enjoy spending time with.” SURROUNDED BY CARING NEIGHBORS “If you catch a cold, you get a call from neighbors asking if you need anything. The caring culture here is almost one of an Amish Village,” joked Peter. “It is comforting to be surrounded by neighbors who are concerned.” “I agree with Peter,” added Susanne. “It’s an inclusive group here. During our first day at members, everyone came up to say hello,” recalled Susanne. “During my second round of golf, I was asked to co-chair an upcoming Ladies Member-Guest. It really made me feel welcome. “We have a strong ladies player development program. Our director of golf, Bud Taylor, works hard to encourage women to take up the game and even stages three-hole tournaments for beginners to get a feel for the course and experience the thrill of competition.” A PAUPER TREATED LIKE A KING “My aunt was the famous opera singer, Madame Jeritza, and the performed at the MET in New York City. As a perk, I would often join her for dinner at The Metropolitan Club,” said Peter, “and I consider it to be the gold standard in service. They provide a balanced level of attention where you never feel ‘wanting or smothering. “Old Palm matches their service standards. Our executive chef,” confided Peter, “is the ‘heart and soul’ of it.” “A couple of moths ago when we were having dinner at our clubhouse,” said Peter, “our special dessert was a pfeffernusse cokkie, an Australian specialty made at the club from scratch. Unfortunately, the cookies sold out before I ordered them. However, the next day, to my complete surprise,” smiled Peter, “a dozen of the cookies arrived in a ‘to go’ package for me! “At Old Palm,” chuckled Peter, “you feel like a King, even if your golf game is more like a pauper’s.” Old Palm offers multiple real estate opinions from its Golf Estates (priced from just over one million dollars) to its Custom Estates. Current available built products includes the 5,000 square-foot, two-story Mediterranean Golf Cottages (priced from $2.4 million).


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