North Palm Beach completes eight-month renovation project

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    North Palm Beach has reopened for play this week following a renovation by Nicklaus Design

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    The project was led by design associate Chad Goetz

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    Bunkers were filled with a fresh layer of distinctive orange sand mined from the site

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    Latitude 36 was selected for tees, fairways and roughs

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    Nicklaus Design restored bunkers to their original character

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

North Palm Beach Country Club in Florida, USA, is to reopen its golf course in spring 2019 following a renovation project led by Chad Goetz of Nicklaus Design.

Work on the municipal course, located just a couple of miles south of the renowned Seminole Golf Club, began in May 2018. The project is part of a major investment by the Village of North Palm Beach, which also includes a new clubhouse, scheduled to open by autumn 2019.

Goetz said that the golf course project was undertaken “in order to regain lost green surface and expand pin areas in many of the greens, add a new set of forward tees, restore the bunkers to their original character, expand cart path and parking areas and re-grass the entire course.”

Latitude 36 has been used for tees, fairways and roughs, and TifEagle for greens.

Bunkers were filled with a fresh layer of distinctive orange sand, which is mined from the site.

TDI Golf and XGD Systems handled the renovation work. International Golf Maintenance, led by Rick Reiter, Chris Garrett and Greg Plotner, oversaw grow-in.

North Palm Beach was originally built in the late 1920s. It was one of Seth Raynor’s last designs, although his features had been lost over the years.

Jack Nicklaus, a long time North Palm Beach resident, charged just $1 to completely redesign the course in 2006.

“The course features two dramatic holes along the Intracoastal Waterway,” said Goetz. “It is routed on top of a natural sand dune [the Seminole Ridge] that offers elevation changes rarely found in southern Florida.”