Seminole - Florida - USA

Seminole Golf Club,
901 Seminole Blvd,
Juno Beach,
Florida (FL) 33408,

  • +1 561 626 0280

  • 7 miles N of West Palm Beach

  • Members and their guests only

Donald Ross originally designed Seminole in the 1920s and it was the first outstanding course to be built in America’s deepest South. Situated on the Atlantic side of Florida’s coastline, Seminole Golf Club is considered by critics to be one of the finest examples of golf course routing. With small greens and serious trouble lurking beyond the flagstick, this is not a course to attack.

The site chosen for the course features a number of sand dune ridges that were carefully brought into play with some fairways directed towards elevated green sites while others drop down from sandy peaks to flatter terrain. Both nines set out from the clubhouse on level ground before veering into the 40-foot dune ridge that runs alongside the western edge of the property.

The greens at Seminole are the main line of defence for the course and many of them are cleverly angled, narrowing towards the back, which makes rear pin positions a very tough proposition. Fairway bunkers are generally shallow but flash-faced sand traps adjacent to putting surfaces are often deep and troublesome.

The par four 6th is a wonderful hole on the outward half, played to an offset putting surface that’s protected by bunkers on both sides of a long, narrow green. Holes 11 and 14 are memorable for the uphill approach shots to be played to the pin and the all-carry second shot to the par four 12th is another highlight on the inward half.

Following a period of relative neglect during and after World War II, Dick Wilson was commissioned to restore the course to its former Donald Ross glory in the 1960s and it has retained its enduring appeal ever since. However, the layout is in the process of being elevated to an entirely new level. In 2016, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw were appointed to carry out a 3-year renovation of the course at Seminole, which largely focused on the rebuilding of around one hundred bunkers.

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Description: Situated on the Atlantic side of Florida’s coastline, Seminole Golf Club is considered by critics to be one of the finest examples of golf course routing. Rating: 9.2 out of 10 Reviews: 12
Mac Plumart
Without question the most difficult course I have ever played. According to the grounds crew, the greens were running at a 13 on the stimp meter the day I played it. Seminole - Photo by MacNow that is okay, but these are Donald Ross greens (think Pinehurst #2). Throw in a 20 to 30 mph wind off the beach and a vast amount of bunkers, and you've got one tough test of golf. Along those lines, I see Seminole as a great test of golf for the championship caliber golfer. But wasn't it a common saying among the great golden age golf course architects, that a GREAT course is a challenge for the championship gofler, but fun to play for the high handicapper? I think so. I am an 11, and Seminole was all I could handle and then some. Throw an 18 or more out there and there is no way they will enjoy it. So, is Seminole great? Not according to the Golden Age gurus. However, it is a very, very stern test of golf.
May 12, 2010
8 / 10
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I was fortunate enough to play Seminole last January and you can almost feel the spirit of Ben Hogan when you walk through the unasuming clubhouse doors. This is golf from a bygone era when the old money from the North East came to winter in Florida. The course is laid out in a rectangular piece of flat land that is disected by two dune ridges. The Donald Ross design is a classic, varying direction and using the dunes to their maximum, the 4th and 5th holes were my favourites. Palm trees and sandy waste areas provide the defence, together with the sea breeze. The last 3 holes by the ocean are a dramatic finish, but the best is saved until last with the wood panel locker room, that is so steeped in history you expect it to be in black and white. An absolute classic golf experience.
July 15, 2006
10 / 10
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February 08, 2009
Just played Seminole last week. I believe the course is hugely underrated, as I was told that the course leaves something to be desired by those who have played it. Besides Merion, I've yet to visit a course that is so well routed. The course was in fantastic shape and the wind was whistling. The staff was first class and it seemed that every time I needed something it was right in front of me. The locker room was exactly as expected, the coolest place in golf. I can only imagine the stories that have been told in there. I've played multiple Top 100 courses in the past few years, but the day at Seminole goes down as the best "pure golf experience" to date.