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Courchene offers a diversity of estates in Old Palm Golf Club
April 06, 2012

The Palm Beach Post- April 6, 2012-Having built estate homes in all three neighborhoods in Old Palm Golf Club, Courchene Development Corporation thoroughly understands the home styles that clients desire in the premier private Club community in the Palm Beaches. Courchene constructed its first home in Old Palmâs extraordinary Custom Estates neighborhood in 2005, and the relationship has grown and deepened as the company continues to build new models to meet the demand âOld Palm Golf Club is a first-class private Club community, and I really love its understated elegance,â says Paul Courchene, President and Partner of Courchene Development Corporation. âWeâve developed a great working relationship because everyone at Old Palm is professional, detail-oriented and easy to work with.â Courchene recently opened two model homes, the Royal Poinciana and Chesterfield, in Old Palmâs Golf Estates neighborhood. While these brand-new residences share many of the same…

Hole-in-one highlights ladies golf outing
April 04, 2012

The Ladies from Old Palm Golf Club spent a recent morning playing the spectacular Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course. The oceanside course actually has a lot in common with the Old Palm golf course, including its immaculate condition, drought-resistant Paspalum grass and connection with Hall of Fame golfer Raymond Floyd Floyd designed our course and redesigned the Par 3 course in 2009, which Golf Digest Magazine has described as “The Best Par 3 in the United States.” Still, as beautiful as the layout is, it didn’t break the concentration of Old Palm member Liz Litowitz, who scored a hole-in-one on the challenging 7th hole After the golf outing, the ladies enjoyed lunch at the private club at Mar-a-Lago, the former Marjorie Merriweather Post estate now owned by Donald Trump. The property is a National Historic Landmark, and the Club is renowned for its coveted Six Star…

Members get driver’s education—on the golf course and behind the wheel
April 02, 2012

Recently, 35 members of Old Palm Golf Club participated in an event that was all about drivingâgolf balls and BMWs. The unique, two-day experience started with a golf clinic at the Old Palm Golf Studio, where several of the countryâs Top 100 instructors, including Old Palmâs own Mark Hackett, showed the participants hands-on how to improve their game Next, they drove off to the Palm Beach International Raceway to get behind the wheels of a fleet of high-performance BMW Series M automobiles. To prepare the group for the adrenaline-boosting, heart-racing adventure, a team of BMW driving instructors gave them lessons in high-speed driving and road safety. Before long, they all squealed off down the raceway, each in a BMW, the âUltimate Driving Machine.â The following day, with their attention back on golf, the group enjoyed a skills competition at our Golf Studio, with the option of…

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“On the Mark”
March 28, 2012

by Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction, Old Palm Golf Club  One of the secrets to hitting quality shots when feeling pressure on the golf course is to rely on your pre-shot routine. Youâll notice that even the pros do it, especially when playing the back nine on Sundays, when so much is on the line. A consistent pre-shot routine will help you relax, improve your aim and swing tempo, and increase the probability of hitting a quality shot. If you donât have a reliable pre-shot routine, try this one: ⢠Stand behind the ball and choose a target to aim at. The smaller the target, the smaller the miss, so choose a small target. ⢠To help with alignment, choose an intermediate target such as a divot or even a leaf 3-5 feet in front of the ball. Try to fly the ball over that target.…

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Another month, another fascinating book.
March 26, 2012

The Ladies Book Club at Old Palm Golf Club meets every month to discuss the latest bestsellers or simply favorites that may be recommended. The latest book that the club members read was âMy Fatherâs Paradise: A Sonâs Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraqâ by journalist Ariel Saber, a memoir that won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography It tells the true story of Saberâs quest to reconcile past and present by accompanying his father to a small village in Iraqi Kurdistan. When his father lived there in the 1940s, the village was so isolated that the people still spoke Aramaic, the language spoken during the time of Jesus but displaced centuries ago through much of the Middle East. In his book, Saber brings his fatherâs ancient village to life and uncovers a vanished history of an area thatâs now…

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