Sailfish Point Golf Club

Oct 11, 2015 - 2:45 PM

Florida’s Sailfish Point Golf Club combines the remoteness of a barrier island with the proximity of a comfortable neighborhood hangout. All you have to do to get there is leave mainland Florida around Stuart, home of Witham Field Airport (40 miles north of Palm Beach International Airport). Head east along A1A, on two causeways that take you over the St. Lucie River and the Intercoastal Waterway, to the southern end of Hutchinson Island. From there, just keep going south, away from civilization, across a much smaller road until you reach this island-like paradise surrounded by water.
Sailfish Point Golf Club, all of 532 acres, includes a nearly equal number of residences, everything from estate lots down to condominiums. Some of those homesites line a well-protected marina on the north side of the property. The rest of this little paradise is devoted to a Jack Nicklaus-designed course—par-72, 7,088 yards long—that embraces the shoreline and an interior cove and delivers compelling, windswept golf.
A culturally diverse community here makes good use of the recreational amenities. Those include a pristine beach as well as tennis courts, a swimming pool and hiking trails. Plus, there’s a well-organized social life that goes beyond sporting events to encompass family-oriented gatherings, book clubs, nature tours and local theatre excursions.
Technically, Sailfish Point is not an island. It’s more like the far end of an isthmus at the place where the Saint Lucie Inlet gives way to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s easy to get to but, because it offers so much, not so easy to leave.


COURSE:
For more information about Sailfish Point Golf Club, call (771) 225-1500 or visit sailfishpoint.com/jack-nicklaus-golf.
AIRPORT:
Witham Field Airport (SUA) is eight miles west of the course and has a 5,826-foot runway.


Brad Klein is the architecture editor of Golfweek. His latest book is Wide Open Fairways.