The Breakers’ historic Ocean Course re-opens as a modern ode to heritage; its makeover by famed golf course architect Rees Jones

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The full-scale renovation of the historic Ocean Course at The Breakers Palm Beach, which just re-opened late December 2018, was driven by the ongoing balance of preservation and modernization. Renowned golf course architect Rees Jones enhanced the overall experience of Florida’s oldest golf course to an exciting new level, by improving the course’s playability while maintaining its character.  Jones also re-designed the resort’s sister championship course, The Breakers Rees Jones® Course, in 2006. 

Originally laid out by Alexander H. Findlay in 1897 and then redesigned in 2000 by Brian Silva, the new Ocean Course makeover included the following specs:

  • New green complexes and expanded with compelling undulations to heighten the interest of even the most loyal golfers
  • Entire turf replaced with salt-tolerant grass (Platinum TE™ Paspalum), ideally suited to the course’s seaside location, while the greens remain TifEagle Bermuda
  • The resort upgraded its trailblazing, reverse osmosis irrigation system to further bolster water conservation.  First built in 2000, this on-site deep well and water facility converts undrinkable water into irrigation water, pumping it from 1,100-feet deep to produce over 500,000 gallons of irrigation water per day.  
  • Expansion of the John Webster Golf Academy — the building more than doubled in size and now has two teaching bays and a new putting studio featuring the latest instructional technology
  • New water features
  • Contemporary wooden bulkheads
  • Additional native landscaping reflecting the sub-tropical setting

The entire 18-hole layout embodies Jones’ philosophy to create and restore courses for all players, from beginners to PGA professionals, who favor different degrees of risk with every shot.  Elevated to its best potential, the iconic Ocean Course is a more perfect complement to the contemporary Breakers Rees Jones® Course (situated 10 miles west of the hotel), providing golfers with two distinctive settings to enjoy.  Both championship courses are available exclusively to The Breakers’ hotel guests and club members.

Media Contact:

Bonnie Reuben
Marketing & Communications
The Breakers Palm Beach

About The Breakers Palm Beach:

One of America’s legendary resort destinations, this 538-room, Italian Renaissance-style hotel was founded in 1896, and resides on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach. Renowned for its gracious service and unforgettable seaside glamour, The Breakers indulges its clientele, whether couples on a romantic getaway, multi-generational travelers on a family vacation or large gatherings in celebration. The resorts’ timeless atmosphere – from its magnificent interiors to its artfully designed landscape — has been renewed in a style of relaxed elegance. Thanks to the dedication of its longstanding family ownership (heirs of founder Henry Flagler), the iconic destination continues to thrive independent of chain affiliation, re-investing over $30 million each year in capital improvements and ongoing revitalization. This unrivaled commitment balances preservation and modernization, continuously introducing and transforming amenities to bolster its contemporary appeal, such as the debut of Flagler Club, an ultra-luxury boutique hotel nestled atop the resort and the renovation of the Seafood Bar, reopened in December 2016 following a complete transformation.

The Breakers features a world-class oceanfront experience complete with a private beach, four pools, private poolside bungalows for daytime rental, five whirlpool spas, and a variety of on-site watersports. Additional amenities include 36 holes of championship golf, including Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course; 10 Har-Tru tennis courts; a luxury spa and indoor-outdoor oceanfront fitness center; a Family Entertainment Center; and an extensive program of family and children’s activities. Nine restaurants, with settings ranging from casual beachfront to stylishly sophisticated, including HMF, the resort’s destination for social drinking and eating; as well as 12 on-site boutiques, are all owned and managed by the resort. The Breakers is recognized as a AAA Five Diamond property and has earned numerous accolades for its extraordinary social impact on the environment, the community and its team member quality of life and satisfaction. For reservations or more information, contact the resort toll-free at 1-888-BREAKERS (273-2537), (561) 655-6611, visit, or contact your travel professional.