A Day at Sailfish Point Golf Club PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

In a state that boasts over one thousand golf courses and clubs,

redundancy is the norm in the sunshine state. Sailfish Point Golf

Club is one that truly stands out in its location and lifestyle. A private

member owned club that's ranked among the best residential golf

courses in Florida and the U.S, Sailfish Point is located 45 minutes

north of the Palm Beaches in the tranquil town of Hutchinson Island.

The 532 acre parcel that encompasses the Sailfish community, features

5 miles of shoreline stretching along 3 surrounding bodies of water -

the Atlantic Ocean, St.Lucie inlet and the Indian River (Intracoastal




The 7,088 yard par 72 Jack Nicklaus signature layout weaves its way

along each waterway changing directions throughout, challenge comes

in the form of persistent coastal winds that can shift and change in an

instant. Although water is in play on several holes, the landing areas

offer generous fairways from the tee with few forced carries. Nicklaus,

who's been a South Florida resident since 1970, knows the importance

of exactly when and where to use water features for aesthetics, site

drainage and when to apply as in-play hazards. The layout is a bona fide

second shot golf course set in a zero elevation landscape.





The 420 yard gentle dogleg right fifth is one of five holes where

water doesn't come into play on the approach, this oblong green

narrows severely in back section.









The routing makes good use of the natural elements, and caters to those

who can shape shots and control trajectory. Although a par 5, the 614 yard

fourteenth is the brute of the layout, featuring a lengthy approach into the

prevailing southeast breeze - 5 here is a good score.







The greensite views on 14 are about as good as it gets.










The Golf Club is led by their superb Director of Golf Vic Tortorici, who

hails from Syossett, N.Y where his golf career began in the PGA Met

Section before arriving at Sailfish Point over 32 years ago. Tortorici

gave me the scoop on the upcoming Nicklaus renovation that will take

place in the spring of 2021 (plans above). The routing will remain

unchanged, here's what's on the agenda: new turf throughout (trials

of several different Bermuda varieties and paspalum are presently

being grown on hole 17 to track wear, aesthetics, growth habits, etc),

re-designed greens, bunkers, an updated irrigation system. A few major

tweaks will take place, the 3rd green will be shifted to its new location

- 20 yards closer to the river. The 11th green will also be shifted slightly

left of its current location and the 14th green which sits right on the

inlet will get a slight alteration to its green complex as well with the

addition of a new (much needed) bunker behind the green.








The clubhouse is the epicenter of onshore activities, and what's more

enjoyable than savory food and fine spirits after a day on the links. Truly

great vibes are in play at the Terrace Grill, Oceanside Beach Club ( I

highly recommend the shrimp tacos) and the aptly named Cross Roads

Cafe that is ideally positioned at the intersection of the tenth tee and

the driving range/practice area. Golf is the headliner, but the club's Spa,

Fitness Center and Tennis Center deserve praise for outstanding facilities

and their seasoned professional staff.








Boating and fishing is quite naturally part of the culture at Sailfish

Point, boasting one of the largest privately owned full-service

marinas in the Sunshine State. Anglers will find the inlet teeming

with Trout, Tarpon, and Snook, while the Gulf Stream offers Sailfish,

Wahoo, Kingfish and Dolphin.









"The Window on the Sea" is the 443 yard finisher that plays directly

towards the coastline. The green here is slated to be raised slightly

during the renovation to provide better views of the ocean. Big kudos

to 15 year Superintendent Scott MacPhee and his staff for providing

outstanding playing conditions to the members and guests everyday.


The 266 golf members never have to worry about tee times, they don't

exist at the club (Saturday's are typically the busiest day). Tortorici and

his golf staff typically hold 100 member events during their season that

concludes in mid-May each year.


Perhaps our biggest takeaway from our experience at Sailfish Point

Golf Club beyond the atmosphere, spectacular scenery and fine lifestyle

was simply the unassuming and friendly nature of the members and

staff at the club.




Certainly, not all oceanfront property is created equal.



For more information visit: https://www.sailfishpoint.com/sailfish-point-golf-club