World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman has designed great golf courses all over the planet, usually backed by a deep-pocketed land developer or other visionary.
A municipal project never crossed his desk – until officials from Pompano Beach called.
Pompano Beach Golf Course opened in 1960, with two 18-hole courses designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge. They were popular with residents, but like any courses largely untouched for decades, agronomic conditions declined and irrigation systems deteriorated. Greens also proved undersized and parts of the layout were eventually rendered obsolete by the modern game. (In 1960, of course, drivers and fairway woods were still wood, and souped-up golf balls were still far from the drawing board.)
To keep Pompano Beach GC up with the times in the competitive South Florida market, city officials hired Greg Norman Design to perform a $4 million renovation on its Pines Course.
Work is now finished and the Pines is playing to rave reviews, with the infrastructure completed, a few holes rerouted, bunkers rebuilt and shifted and greens rebuilt from scratch. It’s not an entirely new course, but it’s also safe to say that anyone who played the Pines decades ago may not entirely recognize it.
Golfweek Magazine said the course could now compete for inclusion in future editions of its 50 Best Municipal list (which includes two venerable Florida layouts). And remaining true to the label, the course can be played for $35 or less during the off-peak season.
If you go
Pompano Beach Golf Course
1101 N. Federal Highway
Pompano Beach, Fl 33060