Noble House Hotels & Resorts has announced that it will take over the management of Banyan Cay Resort & Golf in West Palm Beach, Florida. The popular and prestigious golf resort is the latest addition to Noble House’s recent expansion of its roster of premier properties throughout the United States. Situated on 250 acres in the heart of West Palm Beach, the redesign of Banyan Cay began yesterday with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by golf icon and globally acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus.
Noble House Hotels & Resorts has long-standing ties to Southern Florida, including ownership and management of La Playa Beach & Golf Resort, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Ocean Key Resort & Spa and Pelican Grand Beach Resort. In addition to the new Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, state-of-the-art practice facility, and new clubhouse, Noble House’s plans for Banyan Cay will include the addition of a 150-room luxury hotel, residences, membership levels and a great lawn.
“Banyan Cay Resort & Golf has been a favorite West Palm Beach destination for more than 40 years and Noble House is extremely pleased to take over its management,” said Pat Colee, Noble House founder and chairman of the board. “We’re confident that the transformation we envision featuring the new course by golf’s greatest champion, Jack Nicklaus, will not only reignite excitement among longtime loyalists, but will prove instrumental in attracting new visitors to this prestigious property.”
The world-class Nicklaus Signature Course at Banyan Cay will be unlike most South Florida layouts, which get their personality from the typically flat terrain. The Banyan Cay course will showcase a personality and character highlighted by subtle changes of elevation- with as much as 25 feet in changes within the golf course, or more than double most courses in South Florida. Additionally, the course will feature gently rolling fairways, land forms, various water features, and bunkers that provide both aesthetics and strategy.
“I have known this site for many years, and now, to have the opportunity to help shape Banyan Cay’s future and hopefully the next generation of golf in Central Palm Beach County, is an honor,” said Jack Nicklaus. “I applaud the city for its ongoing efforts to revitalize West Palm Beach. It’s possible this could be the last significant golf development-one with resort access-to break ground in the West Palm Beach area. We are excited to officially get this project underway.”
The course layout will provide members and guests with a challenging, yet playable golf experience. The new par-72 design currently features five sets of tees to accommodate players of all skill levels, and the course yardage is expected to range from 4,800 yards to a championship length, tipping out at 7,200 yards. The practice facility, as well as the course’s opening hole, will be located in front of the new full-service Banyan Cay clubhouse. Inspired by West Indies décor, the clubhouse will feature member facilities, grille, golf shop, and social areas for member activities.
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