Gil Hanse, arguably the leading golf course designer working today, is tasked with the design of West Palm Golf Park. Gil visited the site with his partner and West Palm Beach local Jim Wagner, and immediately agreed to adjust his busy schedule to design the new course, even volunteering to donate his normal design fee.

“This project is a dream opportunity for my team and I. The mission of giving back to the game is inspiring, and the site is extraordinary,” says Hanse. “Pure sand with rolling elevation changes of over 20 feet and mature vegetation. There is a reason the original designer Dick Wilson chose this site in 1947 when Palm Beach County was largely undeveloped. It would be a great setting for golf anywhere, but for us to be given this great site as a blank canvas, less than five miles from Palm Beach, in the year 2020, is almost too good to be true.”

“The bar is high. Our goal and expectation is to create one of the best public access courses anywhere, with 18 exciting, memorable, varied, challenging but playable holes that provide all the thrills and frustrations of our game to golfers of all skill levels,” adds Hanse. “We are also excited to create a world-class short course and practice area. This is an extremely meaningful project, and my team and I will obsess over every detail to make the final product as good as it can be. The completed routing plan shows a broad shouldered course with constant direction changes, tremendous variety, and a number of classic design elements not commonly seen in South Florida.”