Golf has long been synonymous with Old Palm Golf Club and the connection becomes deeper and more meaningful all the time. Earlier this month, Old Palm resident and Honorary Club Chairman Raymond Floyd was named Vice Captain of this yearâs U.S. Ryder Cup team, further solidifying his legendary stature. Winner of four major championships and the Ryder Cup Captain in 1989, Floyd also designed Old Palmâs spectacular golf course. It winds through perhaps the most visually stunning natural landscape in the Palm Beaches. The front nine is routed through sweeping savannahs and wetlands while the back nine is carved through indigenous palm and pine trees. There is even a 19th hole, a devilish Par 3 bye hole near the Club, where players can settle friendly wagers. âOur members really value the relaxed atmosphere, especially the No Tee Time policy that allows them to play whenever they wish, without having to schedule their rounds in advance,â says Bud Taylor, Director of Golf. âThe pace of play is always unhurried, giving golfers the freedom to thoroughly enjoy the experience.â The cachet of Old Palmâs world-class golf is further enhanced by the fact that several of the biggest stars on the PGA Tour and European Tour have purchased homes in the community. 2011 Master champion Charl Schwartzel, 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, and Lee Westwood, winner of 40 professional events worldwide, all live here and will be playing in this weekâs Honda Classic just down the road. Instead of having to travel a great distance to play, the three pros will have the advantage of waking up in their own beds and driving just a few minutes to compete. Oosthuizen was the first pro to purchase in Old Palm. He lives in a stunning home in the Golf Estates neighborhood, overlooking the third hole of the golf course and is currently building a residence in the Custom Estates neighborhood. Westwood lives in Old Palmâs Custom Estates neighborhood, where Schwartzel is putting the finishing touches on his new home. Westwood and Schwartzel both finished in the Top 10 in last yearâs Honda Classic, perhaps proof that playing close to home leaves them more relaxed and mentally sharp. Another major draw of Old Palm for pros and members alike is the Golf Studio, a remarkable practice facility separated from the course for privacy. It offers a double-ended driving range, a short-game area, and three regulation practice holes â a par 3, 4, and 5 â on which golfers can replicate every shot and angle they encounter on the par-72 course. Inside the covered hitting bay, Old Palmâs instructors use advanced technologies such as Trackman Combine and the V1 Swing Analysis System to improve every aspect of the playersâ games. Mark Hackett is Director of Instruction at Old Palm and so esteemed in the golf world that he has been honored as one of Americaâs Top 100 Instructors every year since 2009. He gives private lessons to Old Palmâs members, has instructional videos on Old Palmâs website, and often demonstrates his golf tips in national publications.