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Pros living at Old Palm enjoy home-field advantage

March 01, 2013

The travel involved in playing on the PGA Tour can be grueling, especially for international golfers who live thousands of miles away from the various tournaments. It’s a huge advantage when players can wake up at home in their own beds and only drive a few minutes to tee off. That’s the enviable position Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel find themselves in this week at The Honda Classic. The three golfers are residents of Old Palm Golf Club, which is located just a drive and a chip shot away from the tournament site. It’s no wonder that the international golfers, who play on both the European Tour and PGA Tour, were so enthusiastic about joining the field. They can literally be there in minutes from the comfort of home. “Moving from England to live year-round at Old Palm allows me the luxury of spending more time with my family and less time traveling when playing in America,” says Westwood, currently #8 in the World Golf Rankings. “It’s the ideal situation because I’m more rested and mentally sharp for the tournaments.” Westwood and his wife Laurae recently purchased a home in Old Palm’s Custom Estates neighborhood. Hasey Construction customized the residence according to their preferences and maximized the design for entertaining. The home features unique characteristics such as a fire pit within the swimming pool, and a NanaWall system of folding glass doors that opens the home’s interior space to the outdoors. Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open Champion, was the first of the three golfers to purchase a home in Old Palm. Louis, his wife Nel-Mare, and two young daughters moved into a stunning, two-story estate overlooking the third hole of Old Palm’s spectacular Raymond Floyd-designed golf course. The home is located within the Golf Estates neighborhood. “I really look forward to waking up in my own home, surrounded by my family, and just driving across the street to play in The Honda Classic,” says South African Oosthuizen, who is #5 in the World Golf Rankings. “I always play my best when I’m rested and relaxed, and the atmosphere at Old Palm couldn’t be more comforting.” Fellow South African and 2011 Masters champion Schwartzel agrees, adding, “Old Palm offers an unrivaled lifestyle. The practice facilities in the Golf Studio are also among the best in America, so I never have to go far to sharpen my game. The convenience of living at Old Palm may well have helped vault Schwartzel to #11 in the World Golf Rankings, a position secured with a commanding win just a few months ago. Charl and his wife, Rosalind, are now finalizing plans on the custom home they’ll build in the Custom Estates. Home sites in this elegant neighborhood average one full acre, a rare and welcome luxury in the Palm Beaches. The 144-player field in this year’s Honda Classic will be competing for a $5.8-million purse, with $1,054,000 and 500 FedExCup points going to the winner. Rory McIlroy, currently the world’s #1 golfer and the 2011 Honda Classic champion, will be defending his title. But the competition will be stiff, especially considering how confident Schwartzel, Oosthuizen and Westwood feel about living right around the corner at Old Palm. Old Palm is exceptional on so many levels, and that passion for excellence carries into the Club, a welcome blend of tradition and contemporary luxuries that feels like home. Designed to mirror the intimate scale of a Palm Beach estate, the Mediterranean-style Club encourages members to mingle in its casual, pleasantly understated atmosphere. Dining in the Club’s four magnificent venues is as exquisite as it is friendly. The sense of comfort and conviviality just naturally extends into the Spa, Fitness Center and the Casitas, adjacent to the Club where members can house their guests in sumptuously appointed suites. Old Palm Golf Club stands alone as the premier private Club community in the Palm Beaches, with new estate homes ranging in price from $1.2 million to $12 million. It is ideally located in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens with close proximity to a wealth of luxuries and conveniences, including both Palm Beach International Airport and North County General Aviation Airport, which accommodates private aircraft. Old Palm is being developed by Clarion partners, a leading real estate investment firm with over $25 billion in assets under management.


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