WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Following a $15 million renovation, the Emerald Dunes Club reopened in the fall of 2012 as one of the finest and most well conditioned golf courses in Florida -- and certainly one of its most exclusive.
The club, which originally opened in 1990 as an upscale daily fee, has fewer than 100 members. Emerald Dunes brought back original architect Tom Fazio to renovate the course. Among the improvements are new tees, redesigned fairways, a few new greens, bunkers and two holes that were reconfigured. The course now plays to a par 71, 7,102 yards with six sets of tees.
Also included is one of the best practice facilities in the world. The eight-acre, 310-yard, double-sided driving range includes more than 28,000 square feet of tee surface. A large game improvement area also provides five target greens, each framed with shallow sand bunkers, four mini chipping target greens and a USGA regulation putting green. There's also a separate Tom Fazio Short Game Area, which includes a 19th-hole par 3 that plays from 85 to 135 yards.
Extensive landscaping was also added, including 2,000 mature palms and trees around the course's perimeter to screen any visible outside architecture and to serve as privacy buffers. The clubhouse also received an extensive renovation, featuring imported stone, wood and fixtures from Europe and other parts of the world.
In short, Emerald Dunes is one of the most exclusive and detailed oriented clubs in the country, befitting of its surroundings in Palm Beach County.