In 1984, Old Marsh Partners purchased the Lewis Ranch, a 456-acre parcel of pristine marshes and stately upland pines tucked away in the heart of Palm Beach County. From this extraordinary property a private residential golf community with a world class club and golf course was created – Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Old Marsh is often called a “purist club”, created for those whose love of golf approaches passion. The historic traditions of the game are cherished and protected at this exclusive club. Laurie Auchterlonie, Honorary Professional to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland was appointed the first and only captain of Old Marsh. Mr. Auchterlonie and his family represent a modern link to this legendary sport. His father won the British Open Championship in 1893, his uncle won the U.S. Open in 1902, and he himself was a recognized international authority on handcrafted wooden clubs. The Auchterlonie family’s personal collection of antique clubs, some dating from the mid 1700’s, is on display in the Old Marsh Clubhouse. Laurie Auchterlonie’s respect for the game’s heritage remains a guiding principle at Old Marsh.
In April 1998, Old Marsh proudly obtained the status of “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary”, which is a program of Audubon International. Members embrace the beautiful, natural setting that is the perfect backdrop for our golf course. Majestic pines, sawgrass vistas and pristine oak hammocks remain virtually undisturbed. Every element of the course is uniquely compatible with the natural environment. Its drainage system allows no irrigation water to be drained into the adjacent environmentally pure marshes or wetlands. Instead, all the water on the course is drained into canals or a series of retention lakes. This sensitivity to the unspoiled natural beauty of Old Marsh is symbolized by the presence of rare Florida sandhill cranes, whose trumpeting call can be heard echoing across the marshes, and whose nests stand along the fringes of the course.
The elegant 22,000 square foot Old Marsh Clubhouse overlooks a serene 5 acre-lake that divides the 9th and 18th holes. The perfect picture of tranquility, a member can escape the everyday tension while watching the Florida sun sink into the golden marshes.
At Old Marsh you will find a place where intimate friendships are nurtured and lasting memories are created. Traditional Old Marsh Club amenities include the finest personalized service, professional golf shop, private locker rooms, elegant dining and a myriad of social activities. The Old Marsh Clubhouse is open year-round serving dinner three nights a week November through May. Our attentive and professional team specializes in customized catered events ranging from a gathering of good friends to an extravagant wedding.
For the fortunate few, Old Marsh offers a special privileged quality of life that is simply unequaled.
Old Marsh members are part of a vision where golf and nature exist harmoniously, where a legendary sport is honored and service is unparalleled. They play a spectacular golf course, never requiring a tee time. The caddie program is one that others try to imitate but will never match and each time they walk through the doors of the Clubhouse they are greeted by name.
Old Marsh Golf Club’s equity memberships are strictly limited with an additional number of international and honorary members. This exclusive membership policy ensures that Old Marsh will always provide its members with the traditional advantage of private club membership, in an atmosphere that is cordial, compatible and in keeping with the finest traditions of the game.
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