The Florida Swing just wrapped up, one of the best times of year on the PGA Tour in our biased opinion. Or as an increasing number of players call it – home-game month.
Dozens of stars hang their hats full-time in The Sunshine State, with many settling in a corridor of South Florida from Jupiter to Palm Beach. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods reside in lavish mansions and recently played a friendly round at The Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound when they had an unexpected free Sunday.
Interesting pairings are everywhere, including Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, where many international stars are coming together.
Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, fellow South African (and British Open champ) Louis Oosthuizen, England’s Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke have all settled at Old Palm, a Raymond Floyd-designed course in a neighborhood featuring award-winning home builders.
“Living at Old Palm has been a wonderful experience and not just because of its exceptional golf facilities,” Schwartzel said. “Old Palm makes for a relaxing lifestyle, so I can play my best when traveling throughout the United States for PGA Tour events. It allows for privacy when we want it, and when we’re in the Club the members have welcomed us like old friends.”
Old Palm – which has new estate homes available – stretches to 7,400 yards and has pro-caliber practice facilities including a double-sided range, three practice holes and a full short-game area. What’s fun about being a part of such a community is that if there’s not PGA Tour golf on television, there’s a good chance some of the pros will be on the home course, working on their games.
When they are performing, the Old Palm guys can sleep in their own beds during The Honda Classic (at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens) and the WGC-Cadillac Championship (at Trump Doral), the latter with a little time on the Turnpike.