The Breakers - Rees Jones Course
|Black M: 74.8/146||414||442||189||441||396||556||427||191||455||3511||546||161||514||394||546||326||442||239||425||3593||7104|
|Blue M: 72.9/141||390||412||168||415||385||527||403||164||424||3288||526||151||488||373||523||313||414||208||406||3402||6690|
|White M: 71.2/138||376||363||145||394||367||496||390||133||390||3054||499||140||463||359||501||300||397||182||394||3235||6289|
|White/Gold M: 69.8/134||362||329||145||361||352||496||371||133||375||2924||499||140||427||335||501||255||357||182||394||3090||6014|
|Gold M: 68.7/133 W: 74.1/143||362||329||122||361||352||435||371||113||375||2820||449||126||427||335||477||255||357||152||379||2957||5777|
|Gold/Red M: 67.1/128||335||306||122||331||313||435||298||113||375||2628||449||126||395||280||477||243||323||152||358||2803||5431|
|Red M: 66.0/127 W: 70.5/132||335||306||93||331||313||399||298||90||332||2497||417||95||395||280||433||243||323||123||358||2667||5164|
|Forward M: 62.2/119 W: 64.4/120||258||235||73||247||248||339||235||60||266||1961||349||95||316||221||353||170||262||73||264||2103||4064|
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The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida has a history that dates back to the late 1890s. As industry tycoons and wealthy socialites began flocking to the pristine shores of Palm Beach Henry M. Flagler, one of America’s great industrialists and founder of The Breakers saw the opportunity to purchase land and build grand estate hotels. He first built the.
It was our founder, who started the trend of grand, gorgeous properties on the island. His first was The Royal Poinciana, followed two years later by The Breakers. Twice the latter was destroyed by fire – in 1903 and 1925 – only to reemerge more luxurious each time.
The Breakers reopened in 1926 after the second fire and was modeled after the magnificent Villa Medici in Rome. Building it required that 74 artisans be brought in from Italy to complete the intricate paintings, detailed across the ceilings of the 200-foot-long main lobby and first-floor public rooms, both of which remain on display today.
Each successive year the resort’s reputation grew and word spread, ushering in aristocrats and glitterati to Palm Beach year-round. At any given time you could find the likes of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, Andrew Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan, not to mention US presidents and European nobility.
Much of the Breakers remains the same now as it was then, at least architecturally. You’ll still find unbridled luxury, the glamour, and aroma of the ocean out back and service that is second to none. In a world that is so interconnected, it’s nice to visit a hotel that lets you step back and takes care of your every want and desire. All with a price, of course.
As you enter the front door of the hotel after valeting your car, you’re quickly struck with the charm and opulence of the lobby. Look up at the ceilings as you tour the main floor and you can't help but be in awe of the paintings and adornments you see.
Check into your room and let the enchantment begin. The Breakers offers guest rooms and suites that are all well-appointed. We were treated to a Junior Suite with an Oceanfront view. In the room was a large king-size bed, a couch with coffee tables and two balconies overlooking the water. The rooms are tastefully decorated and leave you wanting for nothing; simply pick up the phone and dial “0” if you can think of something you need and don’t have.
Dining is a special event all its own. On the property, there are eight dining venues; nine if you count Flagler Steakhouse across the street in the golf clubhouse. For my money, it’s the best restaurant on the property. After ordering a round of cocktails, start your meal off with a Seafood Tower, a collection of shrimp, crab claws, oysters and crab legs. Then it’s on to the main course; you can’t go wrong with any of their signature steaks, including the Bone-in Filet Mignon. For accompaniments, try something different, like Gorgonzola Potato Tots or Caramelized Brussels Sprouts. Top it off with an after-dinner drink and a piece of their award-winning Key Lime Pie and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven, albeit a few pounds heavier!
If seafood is more to your liking, you have to try the Seafood Bar. The bar itself is a giant aquarium, with the Atlantic Ocean serving as a backdrop. For drinks, they offer a wide variety of house-crafted beverages like a Pineapple-Infused Martini or a Flirtini. For appetizers you can’t beat their New England Clam Chowder or Blue Crab Nachos and the Broccoli and Kale Salad is outstanding. When it comes to the main course, Pecan Crusted Grouper is one of their specialties and the Blue Crab Fried Rice and Lobster Cole Slaw are truly delicious and unique. If you didn’t try the Key Lime Pie at Flagler’s you have a second chance at The Seafood Bar.
The Circle is a wonderful dining experience and home to what is probably the most extravagant breakfast buffet in the area. The room itself is quite impressive with soaring 30-foot frescoed ceilings and eight oval murals depicting Renaissance landscapes. As for breakfast, The Circle offers an artfully crafted buffet of hot and cold selections including fresh fruit and pastries to made-to-order crepes and omelets. If you’re not all that hungry, you can order off of their à la carte menu which features traditional favorites. I haven’t experienced it but I hear the Sunday Brunch is a culinary experience not to be missed.
There’s plenty to do at the Breakers once your food has settled. There are four pools and of course the beach, but there is also a world-class fitness center, spa, tennis, and shopping. Oh, and did I mention the two Rees Jones-designed golf courses: Breakers West, about 20 minutes to the property and the newly redesigned Ocean Course, right there at the hotel.
The Breakers Rees Jones Course is located about 10 miles – west – of the main resort and can best be described as a massive land of green grass dotted with blue bonds. It is the more modern of the two courses and is the antithesis of The Ocean Course. From the back tees, the Rees Jones Course plays 7,104 yards (74.8/146); about 2 par 5s and a par 3 shorter than its sister course. Large fairways give way to some long water carries and well-undulated TifEagle Bermuda greens creating a memorable and challenging golf experience. Shaping the ball is a necessity out here if you want to score well. The 9th hole is particularly memorable. It’s a long dogleg right with water all down the left side tee to green. It requires a long carry over water to a small landing area with a deep menacing fairway bunker on the right. From there you’ll play your approach shot over the same lake into a green surrounded with sand and water and a lot of undulation in it. Although it’s handicapped number 5, it will test your accuracy and shotmaking ability.
Delightfully Dignified Golf Experience
Played as a guest, not sure what it cost but it was about as good as it gets in season in Palm Beach
Difficult But Fun!
Played beginning of November. Recent heavy rain had made the course very soft and somewhat mushy. Rees Jones set up a stern but fair test of golf. Good amount of bunkers and water. Good mix of long and shorter holes. Set in a housing area, but the course is hidden enough where you don’t notice it too much. Surprised that they don’t have the nicer golf carts that the Breakers Ocean Course has. I haven’t played too much Florida golf, but at over $200 I would imagine that there area better deals in terms of value out there. Still recommend though.
Everybody loves Breakers West
I tend to be stingy in giving out five stars, but the Jones course earned it for a variety of reasons - pure conditions, a great collection of par 3s, some heroic but fair shot-making required, strong hole variety, a private-club vibe (for a resort course) and lastly, the element of surprise. Who knew it would be this good?
Few resort courses located so far away from the hotel (20 minutes) would actually be worth the trip. This one is. For a fairly flat course in a gated community - the MO in south Florida - it overwhelms its regional competition.
Jonesin' for The Breakers
Site for first SFPGA outing this year was a splendid track whose pristine tee boxes and fairways housed an intriguing layout filled with a surprising array of deceptively tough doglegs, numerous sand traps in tricky locations and several ponds unexpectedly lurking beyond view. On the other hand, conditions of sandy, recently punched greens did not match up to rest of course and golf carts did not feature GPS yardage tracker. Range, chipping green and putting green were fine, staff was friendly and courteous, and food/beverage was tasty. Will definitely circle back when greens return to form.
Reese Jones at his best
Well-conditioned private layout. No two holes are alike . Several holes have challenging water carries and large landing areas from the tees. The par 3s are fair but a real test of accuracy. One of my favorite courses in Palm Beach County.
The views are amazing l
The views on this course are amazing and just worth the play. This course goes along the lines "you get what you pay for". Yes it is pricey, but you are playing a properly maintained golf course with insane amenities. This by far one the best private courses in palm beach.
I dont have anything negative to say about the course. Tons of water comes into play here so dont always be so aggressive. Enjoy the view! Greens roll true and the tee boxes always look brand new!
Great Course, Great Staff
I was a little nervous playing at the Breakers West with the PGA summer pass. I knew the course would be great, but wasn't sure of the people at the course and the staff. I was happily surprised how great every person I met. The entire staff was great and even talked with the head pro who thanked me for supporting the PGA by purchasing the summer pass (only $50). The course was very challenging and in really great shape. I played on a Saturday in May and it was not crowded at all. I can't wait to go back and play again!!
Well worth the money spent
This course, I must say, is one of the best conditioned courses I've ever played. Being from Southeastern Pennsylvania, I've had the opportunity to play some of the top courses (Merion East, Aronimink, Saucon Valley, etc.) and definitely put this course right up with these in terms of level of difficulty and course condition. Playing 7,100+ from the tips, with a 75.9 rating and 147 slope, it's well worth the $150 fee and would definitely recommend putting it on your schedule if you're to visit West Palm Beach.