Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation is opening a brand new, 27-hole golf course, called Osprey Point, later this fall at South County Regional Park (entrance at 12551 Glades Road). It will have two putting greens, two practice chipping greens and a full-length range. The land, which was previously used for mining, had become overgrown with invasive exotic plants.
Building an environmentally friendly golf course was important to the Parks and Recreation Department so they worked with the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge to reduce the irrigated acreage at the facility. The course is certified as an Audubon International Classic Signature Golf Course, which means it increases natural habitat, enhances environmental protection efforts and uses environmentally-friendly grass (Seashore Paspalum).
“Many areas on the course have been left and will be maintained as natural habitat areas giving the course a very unique transition from turf plants into planted and mulched areas into natural habitat areas,” says Steven Hill, Osprey Point Golf Cours’s manager. “There are numerous lakes throughout the facility and all have been planted with native grasses and aquatic vegetation.”
Hill also says that the course will be available for tournaments and fund-raising events, but, as with all our other PBC golf facilities, the main focus will be on affordable daily county resident play.