West Palm Beach Golf Course course, run as a municipal facility by the city since 1947, had fallen into disrepair and was closed by the city in 2018. Resulting opportunities emerged to work with the city of West Palm Beach to reimagine the site, yet several proposals had come and gone, all involving various commercial elements. However, an idea being discussed among a group of dedicated and influential local business leaders and golfers was inherently simple: Could something special be done with the site? Something that would attract broad, private financial support and allow for the creation of a world-class, non-profit operation dedicated to inclusivity, community outreach and junior golfer development programs? They agreed to pursue this beautiful vision and mission under the unifying motto, "Giving Back to the Game."
PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh is very clear about this overriding mission. The PGA of America is dedicated to inclusionary practices and growing the game, while also providing community access to golf through various initiatives, says Waugh. “This project is the single best opportunity I have seen to create an inspirational and welcoming hub for these goals. We think it will become the shining example throughout the country for other communities to emulate. We have named the facility West Palm Golf Park, signifying that this place is for everyone. We intend for our community outreach and junior programs to be not only the best anywhere, but also the most welcoming. We want kids from all backgrounds to love spending time here, feel safe, enjoy world-class facilities, and be inspired by all our great game has to offer. We will search far and wide for the absolute best and most inspiring teachers to lead the junior programs and we will support them 100 percent.”