WHERE WE PLAY Osprey Point GC
SUS TAINABLE AND AFFORDABLE golf is what’s
needed to grow the game, and the year-old Osprey Point GC
in Boca Raton, Fla., delivers on both counts. Architect
Roy Case and then-associate Je; Grossman spent three
years building 27 holes from an old shellrock strip mine
on the edge of the Everglades. They grassed tees,
fairways and greens in Seashore Paspalum, which
thrives on briny water, and used relatively few sand
bunkers, to cut down on maintenance costs. The duo
framed the holes with mounds of native drought-tolerant
vegetation. They used coquina shells on the cart paths
and cleverly expanded the paths in selected areas to
double as waste bunkers.
The price is right too. Until Nov. 1 an 18-hole round
is just $35 including cart on weekend mornings, with
lower rates for walkers, weekdays and after 3 p.m.
Although winter rates have not yet been set, last winter
the maximum green fee was just $55 with cart.
Osprey Point is great fun to play. Each nine has a drive-and-pitch par 4. My favorite was the fourth on the Falcon 9,
where the green on the far side of a pond is hidden behind
enormously tall reeds. The Raven 9 is the longest of the
three, with the shortest closing hole, a 333-yard par 4 to a
green ensnarled by a horseshoe-shaped pond. The Hawk and
Falcon each close with gambling par 5s along a huge lake.
The lake separates the golf from the county’s recreation
center, complete with amphitheater and dog park.
What I like best about Osprey Point are the framing
mounds, shaped and vegetated to look like sand dunes,
thus giving holes a tropical look. It’s what Wild Dunes
looked like 30 years ago, before the condos. Osprey Point
will never have condos. —Ron Whitten
COURTESY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
By complying with Audubon
during construction, which
prescribed such things as
water reduction and wildlife habitat, Osprey Point
became only the second
U.S. course to earn AI’s
Osprey Point GC
12551 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Green fees: $32 weekdays.
$35 weekends. Includes cart.
NOW YOU KNOW
The ninth hole at Osprey
Point GC (Hawk course)