Charl Schwartzel, 26 years of age, 2011 Masters Champion, currently renting in Ray Floyd’s Community, Old Palm in Palm Beach Gardens, will most probably buy a home there along with 21-year-old phenomenon, Rory McElroy. Both players spent the weeks prior to the Masters honing their games on Floyd’s masterpiece.
Exclusive to Old Palm is their unique 3-hole practice course with over a dozen tees and their state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor teaching facility at the adjacent driving range. The original developer, along with Floyd, had a unique vision. They purchased a parcel across the road from Old Palm, tunneled under the road and connected the 2 properties, giving Old Palm 21 holes of golf.
In their teaching facility, cameras are situated above, behind, in front and in the rear, to record every possible angle of the student’s swing. Playback can be done in super-slow-motion to dissect even the most minute flaw that the naked eye cannot see. Schwartzel availed himself of this in the weeks prior, making sure his takeaway was not too flat so as not to turn the ball over to the left in flight.
Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens are now home to 15 Augusta Green Jacket winners including Tiger Woods (4), Jack Nicklaus (6), Raymond Floyd (1), Gary Player (3), as well as other star athletes like Michael Jordon. Jordan and Ernie Els reside at the The Bear’s Club, Robert Allenby at Admirals Cove, Greg Norman, Gary Player and Lee Trevino on Jupiter Island, while Jack Nicklaus is at Lost Tree Village in North Palm Beach.
Old Palm is the newest of the gated communities and recently changed hands. One interesting fact is that Charl Schwartzel’s manager put together the group that recently purchased it, and many players from Scotland and Ireland can been seen renting, playing and dining there on a daily basis.
Old Palm is a high-end gated community, currently with 34 homes for sale as well as undeveloped vacant land. Starter prices for homes are just under $1m and the highest price for a listed home is $7,500,000 for 10,448 square feet.
Jeff & Cary Lichtenstein are Realtors with Illustrated Properties and Christie’s International Real Estate. They market homes for sale in Old Palm, Admirals Cove, Mirasol, and The Bear’s Club. Cary Lichtenstein, formerly a 4-handicap golfer, used to rate courses for GolfWeek magazine and has lived in Admirals Cove for the past 17 years.