Old Marsh Golf Club - Florida - USA

Old Marsh Golf Club,
7500 Old Marsh Road,
Palm Beach Gardens,
Florida (FL) 33418,
USA


  • +1 561 626 7400

  • Michael Gibson

  • Pete Dye

  • Tom Dyer


The 18 holes at Old Marsh Golf Club lie at the centre of a 450-acre private residential development where the fairways and Mother Nature blend together in complete harmony with the wetland surroundings. The Sandhill Crane on the club logo further reinforces the connection with Nature.

Designed by Pete Dye in the mid 1980s, the course has been highly ranked in every “Best in Florida State” list since it first opened and it has a well earned reputation of one of the best new courses in the whole country.

Old Marsh was renovated in 2004 by its esteemed architect to maintain its playability in the modern era and the fairways here are as challenging to play today as they were over twenty years ago, before advances in golf equipment threatened to render many courses obsolete.

The layout can in no way be described as tight but golfers who do stray too far from the fairways will find the marshlands unforgiving so the message is clear, stick to the closely cropped grass.

The short, par four, 5th is considered the signature hole, requiring a second shot to the green where the pin position is marked by a rock on top of a protecting mound – not many modern tracks come with old-fashioned eccentricities such as blind approach shots built in! You could play this hole many times and never fully figure it out. Ideally, your tee shot should be laid up 120 yards short of the mound, leaving a full short iron into the green. The wind prevails from the southeast, so the left side of the green is the safe option. A pond lurks beyond the green so don’t use too much club.

The club maintains a connection with the early traditions of the game through the famous Auchterlonies and many items from the family’s antique club collection are on display in the clubhouse.

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Description: Old Marsh Golf Club lies at the centre of a 450-acre private residential development where the fairways and Mother Nature blend together in complete harmony with the wetland surroundings. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Old Marsh is aptly named. Though it’s not particularly old (a Pete Dye design from his heyday in the late 80s), the course is surrounded by Florida marsh, giving the golfer a good idea about what much of the undeveloped interior of Florida looks like. It’s quite an aviary as well, boasting sand hill cranes and roseate spoonbills amongst it winged inhabitants. The challenge of routing on this sort of land forced Dye into long (over 100 yards) walks from tee to green on six occasions. This was preferable tomore forced carries. Marsh or water (or both) is in play on every hole, but generally on one side of the hole. Dye limited most of the forced carries to tee shots and none is over 150 yards from the member tees. The wetlands can be hazardous, though. My caddie told me his player the previous day had lost 41 golf balls.Two holes are worthy of note. The fifth, a short par 4, has an approach that channels the famous Dell hole at Lahinch, complete with a blind approach over a 20 foot high hill and a white marking stone on the hillside to show the hole location. The hole’s unusual nature has caused a number of members to advocate removing the hillside. In his customary manner, Dye has told the club they’ll have to take his name off the course if they do. Number 8 is a par 3 Dye is said to have called the best par 3 he’d ever designed. When asked if it was better than #17 at Sawgrass, he told the members, “Alice designed that one.” Old Marsh’s greens are quite small with interesting contours, and lots of chipping areas to provide opportunities for various approach shots and for interesting recovery shots if the green is missed. Only the short par 4s (5, 10) require a high approach. I found some repetition in a number of greens—8, 9, 11, and 15, for example are all bisected by a ridge in the middle of the green. But this is only a small complaint. Seminole and Pine Tree may have the big reputations in this part of Florida, but I found Old Marsh more enjoyable to play.
5 / 6
Old Marsh Golf Club
February 27, 2016


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