Award-Winning Arnold Palmer Golf Course Aerial
Orchid icon - decoration only

Orchid Island Makes Plans to Refresh its Award-Winning Arnold Palmer Golf Course

Posted on: May 24, 2023
Read time: 2 minutes

Read full article featured in Hometown News.

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, a private club community near Vero Beach, is pleased to announce its Arnold Palmer golf course is undergoing a refresh this summer. Well known as one of Florida’s few barrier reef golf courses, the renovations to the par-72 championship course will prioritize the preservation of Orchid Island’s captivating Audubon-worthy natural surroundings.

The golf course has been recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 2005, and Orchid Island has a long history of supporting the environment and surrounding wildlife. The course itself is a bio-diverse ecosystem that adds a unique natural appeal to the golf experience. The renovations, which began May 1st, aim to refresh course playability while preserving its distinctive character. The plans include introducing new Bermuda grass greens, renovating the bunkers, regressing tee boxes, and enhancing the overall landscaping. Members will have the opportunity to enjoy the revitalized course during Orchid Island’s Welcome Back Weekend in November.

The General Manager of Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, Rob Tench, looks forward to these new upgrades. “The design and integrity of our Arnold Palmer course will not change, but the majority of the course will be exquisitely refreshed in order to continue to provide our Members with the best golf in Vero Beach,” said Tench. “Golf at all levels is one of the cornerstones of the social life at Orchid Island and we are excited to unveil the newly-refreshed course to our Members in November.”

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, legendary golfer Arnold Palmer designed the course under the simple principle that golf should be fun to play. Nine tee combinations ranging from 4,321 to 7,126 yards create a flexible game golfers of all skill levels can enjoy. Beginners appreciate the course’s picturesque setting, with daily sightings of otters at play, roseate spoonbills, graceful egrets, and rare white pelicans during the winter. Avid golfers, relish the distinct challenges of the course, winding through natural estuaries and lakes that frequently come into play from the back tees. Sculpted bunkers and well-guarded greens provide holes designed to test the best golfers with a strategic design. Professional golfers were impressed when the course was hosted the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Orchid Island Magazine

Receive Your Complimentary Magazine

Blog Form

Vero Beach Named as Top Choice for America’s Best Beach Town news thumbnail

Vero Beach Named as Top Choice for America’s Best Beach Town

Coastal Living has just unveiled its list of America’s Best Beach Towns for 2023, and it comes as no surprise

Orchid Island Pool at Dusk with lights

Food and Wine Enthusiasts Find Ideal Coastal Florida Private Club

If there’s one place in Coastal Florida where foodies are being rewarded, it’s at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club.

Vero Beach Life Takes Flight with New Airline Routes news thumbnail

Vero Beach Life Takes Flight with New Airline Routes

Although Orchid Island is known for its year-round active lifestyle, the Florida golf and beach club community is also home

stuart bridge at sunset

Wall Street Journal Shares Why Travelers Love Florida’s Treasure Coast

Contrary to the city’s quaint size, the charming seaside town of Vero Beach has received national recognition once again. A

exterior of home in orchid island with west indies architecture

Discover How West Indies Architecture Inspires the Orchid Island Lifestyle

Born in the Caribbean Islands, West Indies architecture perfectly blends contemporary and traditional styles to inspire indoor/outdoor living. From large

aerial of orchid island golf course overlooking ocean

See How a “Little Birdie” and Arnie Took This Vero Beach Oceanfront Golf Club to the Next Level

With its exceptional coastal scenery and endless sunshine, it’s no wonder Florida is home to many of the world’s top

aerial image of the orchid island homes

Orchid Island Building Boom Bringing New Generation of Members to the Club

Photo courtesy of Joshua Kodis As featured in Vero News, written by Steve Thomas Read Full Article A building boom

orchid island member walking her dogs on the beach

See How Members of This Premier Florida Club Embrace Their Unique Lifestyle

Nestled on a Florida barrier island between the pristine shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the wildlife-filled

couple walking on the florida beach at orchid island

Discover Why This Coastal Florida Gem is a Nature Lover’s Haven

From coconut palms and white-sand beaches to ancient oak hammocks and mangrove-lined estuaries, few places in Coastal Florida enjoy a

aerial skyline view of the ocean from orchid island

See How This Florida Private Club Community Embraces its Unique Oceanfront Location

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway along Florida’s Treasure Coast, few places in Florida enjoy a more

chef chris sozio of orchid island standing near the table

Step into the Kitchen with Orchid Island’s Acclaimed Executive Chef Chris Sozio

From refreshing tropical plates served poolside to gourmet farm-to-table favorites, residents at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club do not

tennis court at orchid island

See How Orchid Island is Bringing Hawaiian Flair to Its Expanding Racquet Sports Program

Named one of Florida’s Top 7 Tennis Communities by the Private Community Registry, Orchid Island’s racquet program is consistently recognized