Transformed Palm Harbor reopens


Sean Dudley

Palm Harbor Golf Club, located 35 miles north of Daytona Beach in Florida, has reopened after a two-year, US$4.5 million renovation project handled by Clifton, Ezell and Clifton Golf Design.

Purchased by the city of Palm Coast in 2007, the public golf course will be operated by management company KemperSports.

Changes to the course have been extensive and include: upgraded drainage and irrigation systems, reconstructed tees and greens, new bunker configurations, two new ponds, redistributed native trees, redesigned driving range with improved features and new cart paths along the entire course.

“The major difference golfers will notice is the movement through the fairways,” said George Clifton of Clifton, Ezell and Clifton Golf Design. “We raised the features more into view and lowered some areas in the fairway for basins, which accents these features. Visually, this offers a nice rolling appearance and adds some drama off the tee. The golf course is similar in length as before but should play a little more difficult with the addition of 20 bunkers.”

“We hope that local golfers are able to experience the golf course improvements that have been made and that they will return to enjoy this wonderful community amenity,” said Palm Coast City manager Jim Landon. “KemperSports is the right partner to work with Palm Harbor Golf Club, as they have developed a positive relationship with our local golfers based on their management of the Golf Club at Cypress Head.”