Florida is perhaps the most stereotypical golf state in the United States, and yet, it continues to boom even with the astronomical number of golf courses already there. Take a look at Jupiter, Florida, for example. A quick peep at Golf Pass reveals the greater Jupiter area has 149 courses, making up roughly 12% of Florida’s total golf courses (1,250-ish total statewide). Scrolling through the golf courses listed, places like Jupiter Hills, Seminole, PGA National, Dye Preserve, The Grove XXIII, Medalist, and Everglades jump to the front of the page of “notable clubs;” yet there seems to be a new awakening in the region for quality golf. On the way are a new wave of Tom Doak, Bill Coore, and Gil Hanse (oh, a lot of Gil Hanse) designs, and more!
McArthur, Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
Already home to a successful Tom Fazio design (7th in Florida, per Top 100 Golf Courses), McArthur’s second course is an upcoming Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw design. Coore/Crenshaw have built two golf courses in the state, but Sugarloaf Club unfortunately closed. Streamsong’s Red course is the remaining Coore/Crenshaw, and with the 4th course at Streamsong also coming from the acclaimed firm, lots of time will be spent in the sun.
Three Lakes, Hanse/Phillips/Fazio II
The recent talk on both Golf Club Atlas and Twitter have been surrounding this project, spearheaded by Sebonack founder Michael Pascucci. The project is a sprawling 54 hole golf club. Gil Hanse, Kyle Phillips, and Tom Fazio II/Mike Davis are on the ticket for this Martin County development, though exact details are yet-to-be-revealed, Gil’s team is expected to take on the West portion, Fazio II/Davis will handle the South, and Phillips for the North. For more information, head to their official website, although it reveals essentially nothing.
West Palm Golf Park, Gil Hanse
With all this talk of private clubs, it is a nice reminder that the public golf scene also gets to throw their hat in the ring. Gil’s “caveman crew” have recently completed work on the West Palm Golf Park, renovating West Palm Beach Country Club into a brand-new layout. More information on “The Park” can be found here. Look for the final product to be fully operational late 2022.
Jonathan’s Landing, Hanse
The final Hanse course in this article is actually the only one open as this is typed up, but alas, another private club. Jonathan’s Landing is a big compound as is, but the Match course at Jonathan’s Landing seemingly tries to recapture the success of Ohoopee “Match Club” in Florida. The concept is flexibility in length, par, and a focus on match play (they have a “medal play” course already on property). There are some good videos on the club website, and first reactions have been positive.
Untitled Doak project
Mr. Tom Doak has talked about this project on The Fried Egg Podcast and briefly on Golf Club Atlas, although specific details remain scarce. The project is on sand in Martin County on a river, but we have nothing confirmed.
Untitled 36 hole project
This is one we’re not at liberty to chat about yet, but this project is by far the most exciting for us because it’s not a traditional Doak/Hanse/Coore selection. The critically acclaimed firm will handle both golf courses on the property. Time will reveal who is behind the helm of this private club from the Friar’s Head founder, but we are very excited.
PGA National, Andy Staples
While the PGA TOUR attacks the “Bear Trap” at PGA National, Andy Staples’ work at the Match and Staples courses have opened to acclaim. Like Jonathan’s Landing and Ohoopee, The Match throws par out the window. The concept is unusual yardages, no par, and “my six beats your seven.” Match play is the way to play here!
The Staples is a short course, but like the Match course, an emphasis on fun and exciting golf is at the helm for those who tee it up.
We’re not exactly sure what has Jupiter exploding like this (I’m sure we could speculate), but there is not an area in the United States we’ve heard or seen of that has so many new golf courses in progress. Florida in general is quite popular, with an upcoming development in the panhandle,
World Woods Cabot Citrus Farms, Streamsong’s 4th, and more. What a time to be in the sunshine state!