With its exceptional coastal scenery and spectacular winter weather, Florida is home to some of the world’s top private golf club communities. Yet, there are few that are built on the ocean and can rival the exceptional setting of Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, this private community is home to a distinct Arnold Palmer championship golf course and is one of a rare few located on a barrier island in Florida. Members not only celebrate the Audubon-certified ocean-to-river habitat, but also cherish the Club’s unique and welcoming culture. Hear from Orchid Island Members about what makes this oceanfront community so remarkably unique.
The Private Championship Golf Course is the Epicenter
Arnold Palmer’s vision for Orchid Island was more than just creating a golf course; it was about fostering a lifelong passion for the game while connecting players across generations. Stretching from 4,231 to 7,226 yards, the par-72 course both embraces and tests every player. The course’s versatility, highlighted by nine tee combinations, has hosted prestigious tournaments like the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Beyond the greens, training and practice facilities, including a double-sided driving range and practice bunkers, support every player’s growth.
Director of Golf David Champagne agrees the course’s design is a rare find. “We have 18 unique holes that are designed in a way that celebrates our island setting,” shares Champagne. “Palmer’s signature touches like the grasses, rock walls, and dogleg hole layouts are spread throughout the course, making it memorable for pros and amateurs alike.” See what else David and other Orchid Island Members have to share about the distinctive course design.
Where Course and Community Unite
A full calendar of events ensures the spirit of togetherness and social interaction is woven into every swing. The Twilight Nine & Dine combines play with a delightful meal, allowing participants to reflect on their game and enjoy the company of newfound friends. For those seeking a challenge, annual Club championships uphold the spirit of friendly competition and foster lifelong friendships. The Adult & Child 9-Hole Scramble provides a perfect opportunity for building familial bonds across generations, and the highly anticipated Member Guest Day remains a favorite.
For Member Leslie Prothro, the bonds forged on the greens are what makes the Orchid Island lifestyle unique. “There’s nothing that’s not fun about golf at Orchid,” said Prothro. “Every day we play with somebody different. It’s always fun and always an adventure.”
A Certified Audubon Sanctuary
Recognized as an Audubon Certified Sanctuary since 2005, Orchid Island takes pride in its commitment to the environment and local wildlife. Surrounded by two prolific waterways, the course is home to a thriving and bio-diverse ecosystem that adds a unique natural appeal to the golfing experience.
For Member Greg Clark, the wildlife add a special character to the course. Member Greg Clark agrees that the wildlife adds a special character to the course. “The wildlife is neat,” shared Clark. “We’ve got white pelicans here in the winter that are spectacular to see. You see the osprey grabbing their lunch out of the lakes, occasionally an eagle here and there, and you’ve got the otters that you’ll see running between the ponds. That all provides a bit of a diversion from your golf game, particularly when it’s not going well.”
Summer Updates Just Completed
Orchid Island also prides itself on undertaking revitalization projects that preserve the course’s distinctive character while elevating its playability. This past summer, the course underwent a comprehensive enhancement project with this very goal in mind. A pivotal element of these updates is the introduction of new Bermuda grass greens, which promise a more consistent and smoother surface for an enjoyable putting experience. Additionally, several bunkers have been redesigned to guarantee optimal sand conditions, providing both strategic challenges and improved playability. The newly revitalized course will reopen for Members during Welcome Back Weekend in November.
Resort-Style Amenities Just a Golf Cart Ride Away
Orchid Island’s championship golf course is just the beginning of a premier collection of amenities just a short golf cart ride away. A West Indies-inspired Beach Club creates an easygoing setting where generations can gather together to enjoy a tropical seaside pool, spa, world-class dining, a fitness center, and endless special-interest clubs. Eight Har-Tru tennis courts and two pickleball courts celebrate social connections and friendly competition for players at all skill levels.
From lounging at the Beach Club to hitting the links, the charismatic and inclusive attitudes of Members are found throughout the community. “I think that’s something Members truly love and respect about the community and they’re very proud of it,” shared Champagne. “Golf carts are a way of life around here, and we tend to call it the Orchid Wave when we’re riding around the property. Everyone knows everybody by name. It’s almost more of a family atmosphere here.” Take a look inside the Orchid Island Life on purpose multimedia brochure for a more in-depth glimpse into the collective experiences of Members.
A Premier Collection Of Golf, Riverfront, And Oceanfront Homes And Condos
Each of Orchid Island’s 375 residences surrounds Members in the best of Florida’s natural beauty. With many homes located directly on the water or overlooking Orchid Island’s championship golf course, each home features West Indies architectural designs, panoramic natural vistas, and the secluded privacy of living in a gated oceanfront golf community. Luxurious oceanfront condominiums and oceanfront estates are spacious and bright with open Atlantic Ocean views. A wide array of single-family riverfront estates offer open Indian River views and many feature private docks. Golf course homes and cottages are tucked away on private cul-de-sacs and winding streets to maintain open views of the lush fairways and sparkling lakes of its distinctive Arnold Palmer course.
With demand for this highly sought-after community at an all-time high, inventory is limited at Orchid Island. To stay updated on new real estate listings, register your interest at OrchidIslandFL.com. A complimentary copy of the Orchid Island Magazine is available online, showcasing the surrounding area and lifestyle of the community. Call 772.388.3888 for more information or to schedule a private community club tour.
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