In this yearâs Honda Classic, Old Palm Golf Club will enjoy a high profile because three of its members and residents will be playing in the field. Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen will be teeing it up with the enviable advantage of having to drive just a few minutes down the road from Old Palm to the Honda Classic.
The tournament, which runs February 26 through March 1, will be held at PGA National Resort & Spa on the Champion Course that Jack Nicklaus designed. The course will play quite a bit differently than it did last year as the fairways are now carpeted with Celebration Bermuda grass, which is designed to increase the golf ballâs roll. Additionally, the 14th green has been moved closer to the water, presenting even more of a challenge.
The professional golfers residing at Old Palm will certainly be ready to compete and well rested as they can easily return home at the end of each day. Westwood, who won twice last year (Thailand Golf Championship and Maybank Malaysian Open) is already off to a hot start in 2015, with Top 10 finishes in his past two tournaments.
2011 Masters champion Schwartzel will have just played the week before in the Northern Trust Open in California, and 2010 British Open champion Oosthuizen will have fine-tuned his game at Old Palmâs extraordinary Golf Studio practice facility. It includes a spacious double-ended range, V-1 and Trackman equipped hitting bay, 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 will encounter at the Honda Classic.
Westwood, Schwartzel and Oosthusizen arenât the only professional golfers that reside at Old Palm, the premier private Club community in the Palm Beaches. The legendary Raymond Floyd, winner of four major championships, designed Old Palmâs spectacular golf course and serves as Honorary Club Chairman. He was also Vice Captain of last yearâs U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Brad Faxon, who won eight times on the PGA Tour and twice on the Champions Tour, also lives at Old Palm. Starting this year, he can be seen on Fox Sports, reporting on tournaments from the courses and in the studio. Esteemed resident Ian Baker-Finch, winner of the 1991 British Open, has also branched out into other aspects of golf, including course design and more famously as a commentator on CBS Sportsâ golf coverage of the PGA Tour. Finally, there is Club member Darren Clarke, winner of 20 tournaments worldwide.
The 144-player field in this yearâs Honda Classic will be competing for a $6.1-million purse, with $1,098,000 and 500 FedExCup points going to the winner. Russell Henley is defending champion. He can expect stiff competition, especially from Schwartzel, Oosthuizen and Westwood, who undoubtedly feel confident because of their home-field advantage from living around the corner at Old Palm.
Indeed, Old Palm is exceptional throughout and epitomizes âLife Well-Lived.â The Club is 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. The dining venues and inspired menus are equally exquisite, yet without even a hint of stuffiness. The sense of comfort and conviviality naturally extends into the Spa, Fitness Center and Casitas adjacent to the Club, where members can house their guests in sumptuously appointed suites.
Old Palm is also synonymous with golf, a tribute to Old Palm resident Raymond Floyd who designed the magnificent 18-hole layout and its devilish 19th or bye hole. Another major draw for golfers is Old Palmâs Golf Studio, a remarkable practice area with indoor and outdoor facilities that is a game-improvement enthusiastâs dream.
Old Palm is ideally located in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens with close proximity to a wealth of luxuries and conveniences, including membersâ access to a private beach club.
Old Palm Golf Club stands alone as the premier private Club community in the Palm Beaches, with new estate homes ranging in price from $1.4 million to $15 million. Isle Estates, Old Palmâs newest neighborhood, recently opened and the response has been overwhelmingly positive for this new collection of coastal-style homes.
Additionally, Old Palm is near 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 more than $25 billion in assets under management.
To arrange for a personal tour of Old Palm, call (888) 878-6277. 11089 Old Palm Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. www.OldPalmGolfClub.com/post