The Breakers Palm Beach today opened its Ocean Course again following a highly-anticipated renovation by Rees Jones.
Built in 1897 by Alexander H. Findlay, the Ocean Course is recognized as Florida’s oldest golf course. Findlay was a Scottish golf champion who came to the U.S. in the mid 1880’s. He’s believed to have built the first six contiguous golf holes in America in Nebraska in 1887. Findlay went on the build or help design more than 300 courses in the U.S. over the next 40 years. Findlay is said to have talked his friend, Harry Vardon, into coming to the U.S. around the turn of the 20th century. The pair played more than 400 exhibition matches across the country, including matches at the Palm Beach Golf Club – what is now the Ocean Course at The Breakers.
In his renovation of the Ocean Course, Jones, who also designed the Rees Jones Course at Breakers West, showcases all new salt-tolerant grass for tees, fairways and roughs; green complexes with expanded undulations; fairway contours; contemporary wooden bulkheads; enhanced native landscaping; an upgraded water-conserving, reverse-osmosis irrigation system; and the renovation and expansion of the John Webster Golf Academy.
“With two distinctive high-quality settings, The Breakers captures the interest of all skill-levels, appealing to PGA professionals, avid golfers and those guests who simply enjoy the game of golf,” said Tricia Taylor, senior vice president and general manager of The Breakers. “The partnership between The Breakers and Rees Jones signifies a dedication to continuous improvement while honoring the timeless tradition of world-class standards.”
Each course is available exclusively to hotel guests and club members.
Photos: The Breakers Palm Beach