Abacoa Golf Club – Jupiter, Florida Guru's Rating: 6.9

Guru’s Rating: 6.9
ABACOA 4-1-1
105 Barbados Drive Jupiter, FL ViewMap »
Phone: (561) 622-0036
Non-Resident Weekend Rate (with cart): $99
Driving Range? Yes

18 holes and a spring training baseball game: the perfect day (particularly if you live in New York and “wintry mix” has become an all-too-common phrase in your conversations) . If you play those 18 at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, you can even walk to the ball field when you finish your round. Just how close is Abacoa to Roger Dean Stadium, February and March home of the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals? We were confident that a solid drive with a little “helping” wind could have nailed one of Roger Dean’s giant light towers (some of which you can clearly see from various points on the golf course). Abacoa staff told us that ballplayers frequently play there: recent sightings include Cards skipper Tony LaRussa and Marlins pitcher Chris Volstead.

Sticking with the baseball theme, Abacoa is a ground rule double: you expect a lot at first, but end up only semi-satisfied. The main reason for this lack of fulfillment is the price. For $99 a round (during peak season), you hope for some type of unique experience. And while Abacoa is well-maintained, attractive in some spots, and a decent challenge (particularly with the nasty wind conditions which often prevail), there is really nothing that separates it from your average South Florida golf course. For a nearly triple-figure price tag, there really should be. What you’re paying for here is location, which, in fairness, you can’t beat if you’re staying in Jupiter or the Palm Beach area. We teed off at 8:30AM and missed just half an inning of the 1PM first pitch Mets-Marlins contest.

In addition to the great location, Abacoa has some nice amenities. The carts are modern and equipped with comprehensive GPS units, there’s a solid range on the way to hole #1 (although range balls are not free), and a good halfway house (manned by an incredibly friendly lady who stuffed us with just out-of-the-oven homemade chocolate chip cookies). The fairways and greens are in great shape and definitely a bit slick. Wide-open fairways lessen the challenge a bit, but are quite welcome if you’re erratic with your driver. There are a few holes with slightly rolling and sloped hills and a couple of (slight) elevation changes. Generally though, this is a pretty standard Florida track.

The bottom line: you could certainly do a lot worse than a round at Abacoa – and it is incredibly convenient because of its location. But a hefty price tag and a lack of personality earn it a solid but unspectacular rating.

Most Interesting Hole: #7 is a 423 yard dogleg par 4, with a giant oak tree planted on the right side of the fairway, about 100 yards from the green. If you don’t hit your drive in the proper spot, you’ll have to go over or around that tree on your approach.

Most Challenging Hole: The sixth hole is considered Abacoa’s number 1 handicap, but while it’s long (587 from the tips), it’s nearly dead straight and not overly impressive to me. I found #2 and #10 (which had similar layouts) to be much more difficult. Both are par 5’s that dare you to go over giant bodies of water to reach the green in two (accompanied by swirling wind).

Guru’s Tip: As is common with many courses, you may encounter some stray range balls on the first and last holes and have some trouble finding your own errant shot. Since we aren’t very good, this factored in on our drives on the first hole, and approach shots on 18.

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6 Responses to “Abacoa Golf Club – Jupiter, Florida Guru's Rating: 6.9

  1. Tony Scrocca says:

    I have been coming to Abacoa for 12 years and finall bought a house near town. 8 other families from New Jersey have since bought in the Abacoa area. We come down 2 weeks every month and play Abaoca Golf Course on a regular basis. We are invited and play some of the private clubs, but feel Abaoca gives us as much of a challenge as any course around. Each hole gives a different view and all 18 holes are perfectly maintained. Greens are always fast, fast, fast and true. Best part of the course is the staff, from top down. Wish we had a place in Neew Jersey like Abacoa.

    • Bud& Anne says:

      Having played Golf for over 60yrs. When my wife and I moved North fromBocaRaton, 11 yrs. ago, I was looking for a user friendly , affordable golf course with good greens. Abaccoas greens were always in good shape all year round(not just during the tourist season.). From my first round until today, Abacoa Golf Club has filled that bill. And because the course is now under NEW management since last fall, the entire Abacoa golf experience has been dramatically improved. I strongly recommend you give it a try. Bud

  2. Tom Young says:

    I’ve been playing the course for seven years and always found it challenging with great greens, good fairways and plenty of water hazards. The most important change is the new ownership which continues to improve the golf course. we played it March and April 2013 and could see the improvements being made. Friendly Pro shop, nice clubhouse and good food. The price is right for a very enjoyable day.

  3. Frank B. says:

    I stopped at Abacoa GC for a round of golf while traveling thru the area on business. For public golf, the greens are as good as your higher end private clubs. Fairways were decent. The old divots had sand in them which is a tell tale sign if grounds staff is doing their job. Nice practice facility. Club house was nice and staff seems happy and pleasant. So far my best value to experience for public golf in Palm Beach County.

  4. Bud& Anne says:

    Having played Golf for over 60years, when my wife and I moved North from Boca Raton 11years ago, I was looking for a user friendly course with great greens. Abacoa was not only close to my home buy very affordable. The greens were always in good shape( not just during the tourist season. From my first round until today, Abacoa Golf Club has filled that bill. And because the course has been under NEW management since last Fall, the entire Abacoa Golfing Experience has been dramatically improved. I strongly recommend you give it a try. Bud

  5. Bud& Anne says:

    I feel as Interior Designer on the new improvements to the interior of the Abacoa Golf Club it’s important for you all to know the “wonderful” comments I heard while doing my job. A group of golfers from the Seminole CC thought that I was the “official” greeter and said, “. This was the best course we’ve played on in a long time”. I said,”what do you attribute this to”. The greens were like velvet,the white sand was such a great additive. But most of all, the people were all so happy and courteous. Everyone was so happy with their jobs. I thanked them kindly and said, ” just to let you know , I am the Designer on the job and no golfer but I am so happy you loved everything that is happening here at Abacoa. As they left, one gentleman turned around and said.” The beautiful flowers are a nice touch”, I noticed them! Anne

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