Golf Digest Ranks Palm Beach County Course Best in Florida

by Rodney Forbes on July 8, 2009

golffloridagolfcourseFlorida has always been known for great golf. The following is a nice feather in the cap for Palm Beach County.

The Links at Boynton Beach has been named the best municipal golf course in Florida by Golf Digest.

The criteria was a combination of the magazine’s Best Places to Play and Best in State rankings. A municipal course was defined as a facility owned by a city or town, county or state.

The Links has earned 41/2-star ratings in the past three listings of Best Places to Play, according to Manager of Golf Operations Dan Hager, with emphasis placed on pace of play, value, service and course condition. It earned a 41/2-star rating on the municipal-course list as well.

“That’s where we put our efforts, and we must hit high on all the cylinders, ” said Hager, who has been with The Links since its 1984 opening. “People flock to us. We’re excited and elated. It’s quite an accolade.”

The Links, which is in the process of resurfacing its greens and should move from the temporaries now in use by the first or second week in August, accommodates an average of 80,000 rounds per year, according to assistant pro John Scott.

“It’s a park-type setting that’s very appealing,” Scott said. “It can be challenging despite a lack of length (6,297 yards). It’s fun. I never get tired of playing it.”

The Links, as does any municipal course, carries a particular appeal for golfers who grew up playing on one.

“There are wonderful private courses everywhere,” Hager said, “but it’s the municipals that cater to such a diverse group of players. A ‘muny’ is where you create your memories.

Thanks to Greg Stoda and The Palm Beach Post

Click here to find out more about The Links at Boynton Beach.

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