Park Ridge Golf Course, unlike any other golf course in South Florida
Updated June 2013 – I play lots of golf courses all over South Florida and in my opinion this is the most fun public championship golf course there is. It was built on a land fill making for lots of elevation changes, every hole is either up or down hill… The usual flat Florida courses seem boring in comparison. The Park Ridge landfill in Lake Worth was officially closed in 1987, the Solid Waste Authority and Palm Beach County began construction of this unique facility in 2004. With an elevation of 85 feet (at its highest point) it just may be the highest golf experience in Palm Beach County, and while heaven and earth was not moved to build the course, over 645,000 cubic yards of fill was imported to create contours and cover the specialized irrigation system. The golf course which was opened to the public in March of 2007 has not only received engineering and environmental awards, it has also been certified by Audubon International as a cooperative sanctuary. Fairways are separated by natural wild areas so any shots left or right of the wide fairways will be considered in the hazard. There are plenty of wildlife animals who have made Park Ridge its habitat.
Hole #3 Par-3 (188 yards)
A deceptively long par-3 that usually plays against the perennial easterly wind to an elevated green. From the tee box you will not be able to feel the wind. I have played this hole at least a dozen times and it looks so visibly short; yet, it plays at least a club and a half longer than the norm. The green, which you can not see from the tee box, is wide and generous and even a long shot could end up in a collection area. Judge the wind speed and direction as you exit hole#2 and you should be fine.
Hole #8 Par-4 (446 yards)
My favorite hole in the course starts with a placement shot to a mid-size fairway, any balls left or right of the fairway will be considered in the hazard. Although it is a long par-4 the 75 foot drop in elevation from the tee box to the green makes it more of a target type hole; do not grip it and rip it as the fairway runs short into a hazard. The severe drop in elevation makes impossible to see the green from the fairway; as a matter of fact, golf course builders have placed a 30′ tall post to indicate the middle of the green. I typically tee off with a hybrid or even a 3-wood depending on the wind and my second (blind) shot to the green with a mid iron. There is no other hole like this south of Tallahassee!
Hole #12 Par-5 (588 yards)
Spectacular views of the golf course and the lake greet golfers from this elevated tee. Players “must” drive the ball to carry the natural hazard below. From the back tees the carry is about 245 yards to a mid-size area. Having water left, hazard short and right, this is your make or break hole of the golf course. Golf course builders made it impossible to go for two on this magnificent hole as they placed the green tucked away from the fairway and next to the lake; they also added a few trees left and bunkers right to protect it. I highly recommend a second shot to the right side of the fairway (100 yard marker) that will clear the trees and give you a perfect wedge shot to the green. Par is birdie…birdie is eagle!!
The elevation changes (not found in South Florida) are one of the positive aspects of this public golf course. Every shot we took was either going uphill or a downhill and the feeling reminded me of some of the nice North Carolina golf courses without the cold weather and the pine trees… The course was in great shape (8.5 / 10) and well manicured for a public facility. The fairways are cut nicely and the brush grass in between fairways was also kept in great shape. On our previews visit the greens were true and rolling at around 8 to 9. On our second visit 3 months later we find the greens were also fine but a bit slower than before, we approached Frank (who plays the golf course regularly) and he was in agreement that the greens are never fast.. just average speed. The golf course lacks water hazards (only one hole where water comes into play) and the very few bunkers we found around the golf course do not have the white fluffy sand, but rather coarse sand. Few water hazards and bunkers translates into great scoring opportunity!
We have to rank Park Ridge Golf Course high when comparing price versus overall conditions. The golf course offers South Floridians a chance to hone in iron play and accuracy, you will definitely use every single club in your bag.
Courteous and knowledgeable staff
Low golf Rates
Challenging and fun filled golf course
Slow green speed
Slow pace specially on weekends