October 22, 2017
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Recognized as one of South Florida’s most affluent communities, Boca Grove is a prestigious members only golf and country club located in the heart in Boca Raton just minutes away from Interstate 95. Last year Boca Grove underwent a makeover by famed Jim Fazio Golf Design, including a complete overhaul and upgrade of the irrigation system; redesign and replacement of the greens complexes; reshape and regrass of the course, all fairways, and rough; and redesign of the fairway bunkers. Chad Kurmel, PGA and Golf Director gave us a briefing and the details of the renovation… “the layout of the golf course is basically the same; however, with the renovation they have been able to change the typography and the green complexes adding character to the golf course, there is a lot more movement of the ball on the greens, it is definitely a more of a positioning (placement) golf course now than it used to be, the surface on the greens is Mini Verde grass, tees and greens are Bermuda Celebration.

Boca Grove Plantation Golf Course

Jim Fazio Redesign

Mini Verde Greens

Bermuda Celebration Tees and Fairways

 

(6) Sets of Tees

Red 5,016 yards to

Black 6,808

 

Key playing holes 

Hole #1 (Par 4 – 370 yards) The opening hole will give you a taste of what the golf course is all about, length is not as important as placement. At 370 yards all you need to do is place a shot between 240 – 250 yards just right of the bunker and you will have a short shot to a generous green. This is not a difficult hole but with out of bounds lurking to the right and people waiting for you to start it could get complicated.

Hole #4 (Par 4 – 438 yards) Today this hole was playing against a 15 mph wind and it felt like it was playing a lot longer than that. A water hazard that needs to be carried off the tee, out-of-bounds right and a second shot that also needs a carry over a water hazard to an elevated green, wow! The natural beauty of this complicated hole can add an element of distraction and if you are not careful your round will collapse in front of your eyes, this is a make-or-break hole.

Hole #5 (par 4 – 363 yards) Take advantage to this short par-4 as it has a wide and generous fairway not seen from the tee box, avoid the set of bunkers to the right and this could be a great opportunity to score well.

Hole #10 (Par 4 – 379 yards) A medium size par-4 playing today downwind. The landing area of your tee shot is wide and generous and the only trouble is a waste bunker far away to the right. Concentrate to the task and drive the ball straight and you will be rewarded to a short shot to the green.

Hole #17 (par 5 – 551 yards) A strong par-5 hole that requires 3 great shots to conquer.  Today was playing against the wind and my solid drive was just over 300 yards away from the green. The mixture of great architecture, buildings and houses with a gorgeous golf course add to the distractions, take advantage of your second shot to a wide fairway and get yourself in scoring position.

Summary

There were many other holes that could have made our list like Hole #7 a long a narrow par-5 measuring 579 yards or the difficult hole #11 but the truth is this is one of the best golf courses we have played this season in our tri-county area. Boca Grove Plantation is a fun golf course that will make you use every single club in your golf bag.

Manicured to perfection it is definitely a challenging golf course that will take some time to master.

 

Pros

Courteous and knowledgeable staff

Great pace of play

Well maintained course manicured to perfection

World class facilities, driving range, clubhouse, etc

Well stocked pro-shop

 

Cons

Green speed below our expectations

Our Scores

Fernando (hcp 1)     74

Manny (hcp 11)        81

 

Overall Rating 9.5/10

 

I am Fernando, Editor and Publisher of South Florida Golf. My goal will always be to make sure you have a great time while visiting our website or reading our digital magazine. I'm an old school guy happily married with 35+ years of serious golf under my belt. Former mini-tour player, Florida Atlantic University Grad... I follow Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Miami Marlins, Panthers and anything related to South Florida .. Contact me at fs@sfgmagazine.com or @SOFLAGOLF

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2 Comments

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    Sherry
    June 8, 2012

    All of this, and no tee times!! This is definely a hidden gem in Boca Raton. minutes from 95, and seconds from the Fl. Turnpike.

  • Reply
    December 14, 2013

    Wow, this article is good, my younger sister is analyzing such things, therefore I
    am going to convey her.

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