Dutchman’s Pipe Golf Club Coming to West Palm

by | Apr 20, 2024 | News

Banyan Cay – the West Palm Beach, FL., golf course project that has stopped, started, and stopped again over the past few years – unveiled a new name – Dutchman’s Pipe – under the ownership of Witkoff Group, Access Industries, and PPG Development. Marking a multi-million-dollar renovation and complete overhaul of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, the newly rebranded Dutchman’s Pipe, a private club that will open for play in fall 2024.

This past January, Witkoff Group took over the property from the bankruptcy court.

The course will be accompanied by nationally ranked instructors and elevated practice facilities, including a driving range exceeding 300 yards and two acres of dedicated short game area.

Led by the golf course architects at Nicklaus Design, the golf course renovations will enhance playability, aesthetics, and sustainability for golf enthusiasts of all levels. Dutchman’s Pipe is located east of I-95 in West Palm Beach, just minutes from Palm Beach Island, downtown West Palm Beach, Palm Beach International Airport, and Singer Island.

“Dutchman’s Pipe will be the first new private golf club to open in West Palm Beach in 25 years,” announced Alex Witkoff, Co-CEO of Witkoff Group. “Land in this area is extremely scarce, making new golf clubs within five miles of Palm Beach Island exceedingly rare. The opportunity to control 220 acres in the heart of West Palm Beach is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will enable us to deliver a transformative golf club experience.”

With a challenging length of 7,300 yards, Dutchman’s Pipe is set to test the skills of even the most seasoned golfers, while ensuring an enjoyable experience for all levels. This ambitious project underscores Witkoff Group’s commitment to delivering unparalleled golf and lifestyle experiences, as demonstrated by the firm’s recently completed Shell Bay in Hollywood (in collaboration with PPG Development), about one hour south of Dutchman’s Pipe.

The comprehensive overhaul, as described by Witkoff, will encompass every  aspect of the course, from its layout and design to infrastructure and amenities. The course will undergo significant restructuring, incorporating all-new fairways, revamped bunkers, and strategic green complexes to optimize the routing’s flow and bring visual allure to every shot.

Strategic landscaping efforts, including the introduction of native vegetation such as the Dutchman’s Pipe flower, will not only enhance the course’s beauty but also bolster erosion control and biodiversity, creating a serene enclave for members. Existing water features will be seamlessly integrated into the redesign, with measures taken to preserve the integrity of the property’s lake banks, adding both aesthetic charm and strategic intrigue to the course.

Green complexes will be upgraded to meet contemporary standards of smoothness, consistency, and drainage, while tee boxes will be expanded and leveled to perfection. Modern irrigation and drainage systems will be installed to bolster water efficiency and prevent water logging, ensuring the course’s long-term sustainability.

In addition to the golf course, Dutchman’s Pipe’s club facilities will include a fitness center and a racquet center with tennis, padel, and pickleball courts. Three dining venues – including a members-only grill and poolside al fresco dining led by Chef Julian Jouhannaud, formerly of Anabel’s London and Le Bilboquet – will offer world-class culinary programming. Health and wellness amenities will include personal training, a day spa, and event space, providing members and guests a holistic retreat in the heart of West Palm Beach.


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Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the PGA.com website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.