The Breakers Palm Beach
About The Breakers Palm BeachOccupying some of Florida's most valuable real estate for more than a century, The Breakers is as luxurious as resorts get, with a grande dame hotel, fine eateries and a supremely stylish pool scene. With a compact but charming on-site course and a bigger, more modern Rees Jones design a few miles inland, it offers enough to keep visiting golfers occupied, too.
Golf courses at The Breakers Palm Beach
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The Breakers Ocean Course, hole Photo submitted by TimGavrichGP on 06/28/2022
The Breakers Ocean Course, hole 18 Photo submitted by TimGavrichGP on 06/28/2022
Photo submitted by ACL139 on 11/20/2019
Photo submitted by ACL139 on 11/20/2019
Photo submitted by ceg1212 on 05/06/2016
Photo submitted by ceg1212 on 05/06/2016
Improved greens buoy a sporty layout
The Breakers' Ocean Course is something of a marvel in that, with so many Florida golf courses having been shuttered to make way for housing in recent years, it is still standing on some of the most valuable real estate in the state. On that level alone, it is a very cool place.
As a golf experience, it's not a world-beater, but fun enough if you find yourself with the opportunity and the means to play it.
The most recent renovation is a mixed bag. The greens are much larger and more interesting than they were when I last played, which is a big plus. However, the bunkering is oppressive at times, especially around the greens, and especially considering the course's clientele is mostly older folks or casual golfers looking for a relaxing resort round. There are a handful of holes where most higher handicappers will be forced to pick up.
All that said, the course was in absolutely flawless shape in April; the turf was a joy to play off of. If you can manage to avoid the bunkers, you'll have plenty of fun here.
Felt like home
Everyone was so kind and welcoming to a visitor, which was amazing for what is such a fantastic high-end club. The course was gorgeous with the best greens I can remember, Anywhere. I found myself just wanting to pet them! Great layout and design, on my next trip to the area I will just play here and Jupiter CC over and over again, forget anywhere else!
Fun layout and was great for the others in my group that don’t play as often. Staff is excellent and course is always in great shape. Rather pricey for a round but is the only public 18 course on the island. Great course to play with kids or your family
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.
Short AND sweet
Don't let the scorecard from the oldest course in Florida fool you. Being so close to the ocean, this fun, sporty little track will get you. If you polled golfers on the first tee what they expect to shoot after seeing the scorecard, I'm guessing their score, on average, would end up three strokes higher than anticipated. The pond water hazards are always lurking, and the fairways super narrow. Any stray driver could end up in the street or an adjacent fairway or behind a palm tree.
The best way to end the round is at the Flagler Steakhouse upstairs in the clubhouse. It is, without a doubt, one of the best clubhouse restaurants in golf.
So, I played the Ocean Course 5 times during a recent stay over Labor Day. Great deal as a resort guest only paying a cart fee. The service at this course is the same 5-star treatment you get throughout the Resort. Teeing off as a single first thing; playing 18 in 90-105 minutes then back to the hotel for the free breakfast (amazing) then back for another 18 and being at the beach before 2 is awesome and doesn’t get much better. Going back to the course, Surprisingly as a longer hitting player, this course plays much longer than the 6,200 yards due to being on the ocean at sea level, the salt filled ocean air, and the winds. The course conditions seem to be amazing. Even with aerated Greens they were fine and very putt-able. The bunkers weren’t too fluffy or lacking sand. They were well maintained. Fairways and tees well defined and cut. Cart parts need some maintenance from the roots pushing them upwards; but are otherwise excellent.
My only complaints were that hole 6 is not 430 yards, itplays about 370-380; hole 13 is very dangerous from the back tee given how close the green is to the road when hitting from 215 yards; hole 16 is the hardest hole by far on the course, next time I’m laying up and chipping; and 18 tee shot is not well designed with the range and clubhouse area in play too much.
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!!
A step back in time
This is the oldest 18-hole golf course in florida but it
was beautifully redesigned in 2000. Relatively, short course but its several dogleg holes makes it interesting. Superb condition with stunning landscaping. Expensive to play but with a nice touch of class and a feeling of old Florida.
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.