Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course Receives Number 3 Ranking
For the past 6 years the Palm Beach Par 3 golf course has enjoyed being ranked on the Top 10 Best Short Course list from multiple golf outlets. From the October 2016 article, Golf Advisor has ranked the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course as number 3 of the top 25 Short Courses around the United States.
Palm Beach, Fla.
2,572 yards | 18 holes | Par 54
Lake Geneva, Wis.
2,708 yards | 18 holes | Par 54
Fort Myers, Fla.
5,146 yards | 18 holes | Par 67
Head Professional Tony Chateauvert Named “Merchandiser of the Year” by the South Florida Section of the P.G.A.
By Lulu Ramadan – Daily News Staff Writer
Friday, April 10, 2015
Tony Chateauvert has spent the last five years with the town working on ways to boost golf sales. He’s now being recognized for that work with an award from the southeast chapter of the South Florida PGA.
Chateauvert, golf manager of the Palm Beach Par 3, this month was named Merchandiser of the Year among public golf courses, which is awarded for excellence in sales, leadership and mentoring staff, according to the PGA website.
Chateauvert, 55, joined the Par 3, the town-owned 18-hole course nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, in 2010 with the goal of turning the course into a destination. In January 2014, he oversaw the grand opening of a new $3.1 million clubhouse, which he credits for a nearly 190 percent spike in sales in the past year.
“In 2013, total shop sales were at about $69,000,” Chateauvert said. “This year, we’re looking at $200,000 in total sales. It’s like night and day.”
He was nominated for the award by other members of the chapter, which is made up of members from Highlands, Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. He was selected by a committee of PGA members over more than 120 public golf course managers in the area, said Geoff Lofstead, executive director of the South Florida PGA.
“This chapter is very large and there are many great merchandisers,” Lofstead said. “To be recognized by his peers in that large of a chapter is a really great honor.”
Popularity and sales at public golf courses have been shrinking nationally, Chateauvert said. But the Palm Beach Par 3 has challenged those trends.
“All the naysayers are saying that golf is dying,” he said. “That’s not true for Palm Beach. Sales are up, rounds are up. We’re bucking that trend everyday.”
The new clubhouse is more well-rounded than it used to be, Chateauvert said. It includes a renovated pro shop on the first floor and Al Fresco restaurant on the second floor.
“It’s a great destination constantly attracting people and now, with the addition of the restaurant, people come here just so they can golf by the ocean and dine,” he said.
Chateauvert will now compete for the Merchandiser of the Year award in the “section,” which includes the southeast and southwest chapters and is awarded in the summer. Continuing to win could allow him to compete nationally.
“I have my vision set on winning that national award,” he said. “Who can beat Palm Beach Par 3?”
Ultimately, he’s focused on building his team of employees and putting the club on the map.
“It’s such a unique and wonderful place,” he said. “I take that award as an honor for the entire team and the course, more than just an individual honor.”
Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course Named Hook A Kid On Golf 2010 New Golf Facility of the Year
Friday, December 03, 2010
PALM BEACH, Florida – The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) has awarded the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course the Hook A Kid On Golf (HAKOG) 2010 New Golf Facility of the Year Award. The golf course was recognized for its outstanding efforts in introducing the game of golf to underserved children in Palm Beach County, through their programming, organization and professionalism.
The Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course partnered with The Par 3 Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Raymond Floyd to host their inaugural HAKOG clinics for 40 children, ages 8-12 years old, selected by the Boys and Girls Club.
“Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course’s clinics were a success due to the efficiency of those administrating the programs. The development of this new HAKOG site is a tremendous opportunity for local children to be introduced to the game of golf,” said Caitlin Autwell, Director of HAKOG. “They are a most deserving organization for the 2010 New Golf Facility of the Year Award.”
“Receiving this award not only recognizes the efforts of the Town’s Recreation Department and the volunteer golf instructors involved in running the clinics, but the long-term commitment by Raymond Floyd and the Par 3 Foundation for supporting this program,” said Jay Boodheshwar, Director of Recreation for the Town. Raymond Floyd said, “It really gives you a great feeling to do something good for the kids, and to have our site designated as the new site of the year makes it even more special.”
About Hook a Kid On Golf
Hook A Kid On Golf, a youth development program of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), was developed in 1991. It’s a comprehensive junior golf program that teaches children the game of golf and provides emphasis on golf’s rich history, rules and etiquette.