The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department has a history of turning disturbed land into natural and recreational areas for the enjoyment of the community. Osprey Point is no exception. The land where Osprey Point sits was previously used for both agricultural farming and shellrock mining and had been completely disturbed. In 2004 work began with the intention of making it into an Audubon International Classic Signature Golf Course. The Parks and Recreation Department increased the acres of natural habitat at the facility, enhanced environmental protection efforts on the site, switched to a more environmentally-friendly grass (Seashore Paspalum), and made commitments to maintain the facility under the strict operating guidelines established by Audubon International.
The property is located west at the end of Glades Road in Boca Raton. Osprey Point finally opened in November 2010. The 27-hole golf course features Seashore Paspalum turf (tee boxes, fairways and greens), native Florida landscaping with coquina cart paths in a natural park setting, 2 practice putting greens, 2 practice chipping greens, and a full length double ended range.
Hole #2 Par-5 577 yards (Hawk Course)
What a gorgeous public facility! This hole faces west so most of the time the ocean breeze will help you all the way. On the scorecard this is the most difficult golf hole so players should be extra careful with every shot, the fairway is wide (just like the rest of the course) but there is no room for error. Any errant shots missing the fairway will land in natural habitat areas (lateral hazard). In addition to this, be extra careful before you adventure into the wild to find your lost ball; I have played the golf course half a dozen times and I have witnessed, scorpions, snakes, raccoons and the list goes on. The straight fairway and down wind perennial conditions will help long hitters hit this green in two, for the rest of us a good second shot just past the 150-yard marker will lead to a great third shot. The wide green undulates from back to front but the newly planted Paspalum turf still rock hard and will not be receptive to your shot. Always play short shots and let the ball roll…
Hole #9 Par-4 333 yards (Raven Course)
Another great looking hole that starts with an elevated tee box looking to a narrow fairway. There is a waste area to the left that blocks the view of the green. Long hitters wishing to reach the green with their tee shots must be aware that it is surrounded by water and from the tips you must carry at least 305-310 yards. Yet, one golfer in our foursome was able to hit a perfect shot that landed within 2 feet to the right of the green. A great way to play this hole will be to hit a long iron or a hybrid club to around the 100-yard marker. The green is large but well guarded by water: front, left and also deep. Play smart and take advantage of this fairly easy finishing hole.
Hole #7 Par-3 195 yards (Falcon Course)
A long and picturesque par-3 starts from an elevated tee box o a large, unguarded green. The hole faces a southwest direction making tee shots veered slightly to the right side because of the sea breeze. Avoid the short and deep front bunker and always take into consideration wind direction. The green is very fast and slopes back to front and towards the large lake to the left.
The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department has done a remarkable job transforming this waste area into an Audubon Society Masterpiece. The environmental friendly Seashore Paspalum turf used at Osprey Point takes a couple of years to soften and become mature. I played the opening week in 2010 (when the turf was hard as a rock) and the difference to todays play (December 20102) is just unbelievable. Osprey Point rapidly moving up my favorite local golf course chart.
- Friendly and knowledgeable staff
- Great practice facilities and driving range
- Great pace of play
- Paspalum turf used not fully matured and may seem hard to “diggers”