Best Golf Course - 2000
Emerald Dunes Golf Course
TPC at Heron Bay/PGA National (tie)
What's the best sight from the highest point in Palm Beach County? We believe it's a drive rocketing off the head of your golf club and sailing over the fairway, all easily seen from the tee high atop the Superdune at Emerald Dunes. It may be only a little more than 50 feet high, but the Superdune is a nice perch from which to launch tee shots that do fly a little bit farther thanks to elevation. It's a man-made hill with boulders and a waterfall, and it sits in the middle of this lush, 18-hole course that's open to the public. The elevated tee is the signature element on a fine course designed by the internationally famous golf architect Tom Fazio. But to us it's the totality of the design that makes this course a pleasure to play. A lot of dirt was moved to carve out the holes and lakes that make this a challenging and well-manicured course. You don't usually see this type of layout in South Florida except in private clubs, which means that the price in winter can be as steep as the Superdune itself. So press your bets against the rest of the foursome on the 18th hole and launch a drive from on high.