Designed by South Florida’s hottest Golf Course Designer, Kipp Schulties, The Challenge offers several holes that live up to its name. A course that was once relatively flat now features mounding on the peripheries and undulation in the fairways, changes in elevation that are a rarity in South Florida. Several new lakes were developed and the course has been lengthened to over 7,000 yards from the back tees. Schulties’ design also included planting thousands of beautiful bougainvillea, oleanders, and stadium-like greens to make the backdrop rich and lush.
The Challenge at Bocaire possesses several attributes unique to the area. The course is the only one in South Florida to feature TifGrand fairways, a vibrant green grass that lets the ball sit up nicely. The tee box on the par-three 3rd hole boasts the highest elevation point in the area. For the redevelopment, the club also invested in other configurations that make the course challenging for avid golfers. Additionally, the course contains 7 sets of tees, making it playable for golfers of all levels.
A particularly special element of The Challenge is the completely open access policy that makes it, by design, a golfers paradise. Tee times are never needed. A member can walk out of his home and be on the course in minutes, even if he only has time to play 4 holes.
Of the complete rebuild, designer Kipp Schulties said, “Normally you’re pretty landlocked in this area, but we had the ability to make elevation changes and add contour…Literally, everything is brand new on the course…as a result, they now have one of the best courses in Southeast Florida.”
Additionally, The Challenge at Bocaire has a unique, world-class practice facility that is second to none. The facility offers players the opportunity to actually hit to greens, many fronted by rock bunkers to help zero in on distance and accuracy. There is a separate short-game area with multiple greens that give players an accurate idea of what to expect on the course. And with an additional large practice putting green, the facility truly lacks nothing. All of this plus lovely, vibrant fairways, dramatic elevation changes, and lush landscaping. The practice facility is aligned with a club that prides itself on uncompromising amenities and service.