The Golf Course Architecture of Jack
National Golf Club, Jupiter
South Floridas #1 Highest
USGA Course Rating
written by Joe Stine,
The now two-year collaboration
between Mr. Nicklaus and Mr. Trump (pictured at right) has allowed
the facility to go to another echelon as far as competitive golf
National, Jupiter is an exclusive golf club in one of the most
prestigious locations in the country: Jupiter, Florida. Donald
Trump purchased this 500-acre gated enclave (formerly The Ritz-Carlton
Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter) back in December of 2012 and the
members are very glad he did because since then he has spent
an additional $20 million improving the high-end ultra-exclusive
Golf Club, Jupiter has achieved remarkable success due to a myriad
of reasons, not the least of which is the impact of its centerpiece
amenitya stunning Jack Nicklaus signature designed golf
course set over 250 acres, which was renovated in early 2013
under Mr. Trumps and Jack Nicklaus supervision.
A unique life
and lifestyle surrounds this Nicklaus course, as well as the
success it has enjoyed on the membership, residential and tournament
property, located just north of Palm Beach, is a picturesque
gated community with all the amenities one could ask for and
its Jack Nicklaus designed course is one of the best in
the country. At over 7,500 yards, its a favorite among
scratch golfers and tour players living in the area because based
upon the high USGA Course Rating of its new back
tees, which is 76.8, Trump National, Jupiter is currently rated
as South Floridas #1 most challenging golf course.
by definition is a figure that indicates the difficulty of a
golf course to a golfer who averages even par on a round of 18
holes. Therefore a course rating of 76.8 would suggest that a
"scratch golfer" should expect to shoot at least four
strokes over par from the back tees at Trump National Jupiter.
Of course with five sets of tees ranging in length from 7,531
to 4,906 yards architect, Jack Nicklaus made sure the Member
tees and Forward tees are a bit easier in accordance with PGA
and USGA TEE IT FORWARD initiatives.
Back in 2002, Jack Nicklaus hit the ceremonial first ball
on #11 at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course that
is now called Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter.
20 courses throughout the world, Trump Golf Properties offer
a new level of challenge, luxury, service and performance that
has become synonymous with the Trump Golf experience, and Mr.
Trump's vision of excellence is very much alive and well within
the gates of this Donald Ross Road community.
As one of America's
hottest golf zip codes, many of the world's top tour professionals
call Trump National, Jupiter home. The combination of a world-class
golf course/practice facility, and a state-of-the-art spa and
fitness center lends the world's top players each and every advantage
they could imagine when preparing for a season on Tour.
The Major Golf Course Renovation
at Trump National Jupiter
course, Director of Golf, David Trout said, Mr. Nicklaus
did an outstanding job with the original design of the golf course
and the original build-out was very favorable and positive both
among the membership and the guests that play here. However,
the now two-year renovation of the golf course and the collaboration
between Mr. Nicklaus and Mr. Trump really allowed the facility
to go to another echelon as far as competitive golf courses go
and the members are 100% pleased and happy with the end result.
The newly improved
7,531-yard, par 72 course at Trump National, Jupiter is a real
masterpiece in design, and is innovative in both the challenge
it presents and in the elements of the course itself, with one
of the most prominent elements being its authentic Scottish-style
All 86 bunkers
were revamped and 20 bunkers we redone as stacked sod or revetted
bunkers using environmentally sensitive material in conjunction
with the courses Audubon certification.
Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida was the first golf facility private
or public in the United States to utilize the Envirobunker technology
and has really become a statement of the golf course by all players
who come to the facility.
Certified Audubon International
In 2006, the
course was certified by Audubon International as a Cooperative
Sanctuary, and uses grasses developed specifically for the local
climate. What separates this golf course from a lot
of them is the ability of the golf course to blend in with the
native habitat, said Golf Course Superintendent, Clay Batson.
We have a lot of native grasses here at Trump National
Jupiter. We also have about 45 acres worth of actual native areas
and preserve areas that are all environmentally friendly. Meaning
that the habitat was actually maintained from its original state.
Bald eagles nesting at Trump National,
eagles also have a propensity to nest here on the golf course,
said the superintendent. Weve actually had two separate
nestings on this site, one as recent as this summer. This golf
course combines all the elements you need. You have environmentally
friendly turf, you have 25 acres of lakes and you have it all
intertwined with the native habitat that was here before the
golf course was constructed.
that turf grass is called environmentally friendly is because
its the number one filter of any plant material you can
put on the ground, because of the amount of roots. It does an
excellent job of filtering rain water, storm water and reclaimed
water. Thats one reason we use reclaimed water to water
the course. 75% of our irrigation water is reclaimed water. We
get it from the Loxahatchee River District and store it in an
isolated pond here on the property so that its never mixed
with storm water.
is crucial on the golf course and thats another reason
why we use the Envirobunker material for our stacked sod bunkers.
The bunkers are environmentally friendly because you dont
have to have any chemical applications on them to maintain the
proper look and you also have to understand that the structural
integrity of the material is always there. Theres never
any washouts or erosion issues, thats why its environmentally
friendly. Erosion control is a big issue because erosion is going
to get into your pods and your storm water systems. If you have
a heavy rainfall your bunkers arent going to be compromised.
So the biggest reasons for using Envirobunker material in our
stacked-sod bunkers are no chemicals, zero maintenance, and their
structural integrity is perfect.
greens were also rebuilt changing out the former Champion turf
with new TifEagle grass providing a putting surface that's more
durable year-round, said the superintendent.
new tee boxes were also added consisting of both new championship
tees to extend the overall length of the golf course from 7100
yards to 7531 yards, as well as new forward teeboxes being added
to make the golf course playable for all skill levels and ages.
The new tee box designs and placement were also a collaboration
based on ideas of Mr. Trump and Jack Nicklaus.
Though 459 yards from the new Black
teebox shown here, the forward (Red) tees of the par four, 1st
Hole at Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter play at 269 yards.
Photo by Ken E. May
Hole #1, par 4, - 459 yards
The initial project
of major golf course renovation at Trump National, Jupiter began
on hole number one where a new championship tee was
added to lengthen the hole by 90 yards. Now it is a 459 yard,
par 4 and the smart play on this hole is to hit your tee shot
down the left of the fairway.
The purple topped
grass you see throughout the course on most of the tee boxes
is called Muhly grass. It blooms in October and November and
provides a beautiful backdrop for the golfers. The purple tops
turn to white the rest of the year creating a very stunning visual
The green of the 1st Hole at Trump National, Jupiter is guarded
on the right by a stacked-sod revetted bunker. Photo by Ken E. May
Trump National, Jupiter youll also notice that all the
greens complexes are large and receptive to shots, however theyre
also very undulating presenting a challenge to all the players.
If all goes well with your drive on hole number one your second
shot should be a shot of no more than a 170 yards to the elevated
Next to the green
you will see the first of 19 Scottish-style stacked sod bunkers
throughout the golf course. These Revetted bunkers
are famous for their widespread use throughout the UK. Built
by stacking layers of sod on top of each other, they create the
effect of a wall rising from the sand. But while the faces, which
typically rise three to five feet above the sand, are daunting,
the Director of Golf says the golf staff believes their perceived
difficulty is an illusion. The revetted bunkers were Jacks
idea,, said Trout, because he felt they would really
set the golf course apart, and they give it a unique feel.
All of the Scottish-style stacked sod or revetted
bunkers at Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter are made using a
new environmentally sensitive material called Envirobunker.
the lips of the pot bunkers are the same height as they were
constructed previously but now they look more intimidating. We
used to get a lot of balls embedded deep in the sand or stuck
under the lip. Now, with the revetted bunkers, the balls hits
the wall and falls down in the sand. So overall theyre
really more playable than before.
Signature holes at Trump National,
In regard to
noting signature holes on the course, certainly any of the 18
holes of this stunning Jack Nicklaus signature design golf course
are worthy of being called signature holes. However, holes #6
and #13, two par 5s, get most of the attention because both have
had significant length added , as well as the addition of revetted
bunkers on both holes. Hole #7 is a very demanding par three
and Hole #11 is a par three island green and a very unique visual
on the golf course.
Hole #6, par 5, - 649 yards
Number Six is
the longest hole at Trump National, Jupiter playing at 649 yards.
The tee shot played from all the way back at 649 yards comes
out of a very narrow shoot to a generous fairway protected by
a bunker on the right hand side. The next main challenge is deciding
if youd like to challenge the four bunkers on the right
hand side. A long carry over those bunkers will allow you a short
pitch into the green. But a lay-up down the left-hand side will
set you up for a full shot into the green.
On this very
difficult par 5 the fairway opens up to the left as you get less
than 180 yards from the green which is protected by \three 3
bunkers. One is short of the green and two are greenside. The
green complex itself is much shorter front-to-back than it is
Four authentic Scottish-style revetted bunkers protect the
right side of the green of the 649 yard, 6th Hole at Trump National,
Jupiter. Photo by Ken E. May
Hole #7, par 3, 251 yards
Hole #7 is the
longest and hardest par three at Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter.
33 yards were added to this hole Most members will say that #7
is the hardest hole on the golf course. It is a narrow par three
to the green, protected by three bunkers and a series of undulations
throughout the tricky green. Two bunkers are short of the green
and one is green side.
The forward (red) tees of Hole #7, play at 136 yards from
the severely undulating 7th green.
Hole #9, par 4, 402 yards
Hole #9 is a
par 4 with a water hazard running from tee to green down the
right-hand side. The water also cuts in front of the green. A
very large bunker horseshoes the front of the green complex.
Two pot bunkers, one left and one right border the green as well.
A bunker in the center of the fairway about 250 yards from the
back tees guards an otherwise very generous fairway. The second
shot is a forced carry over water and bunker to a three-tiered
The green of the par four, 402 yard, 9th hole at Trump National
Golf Club, Jupiter.
Hole #11, par 3, 168 yards
#11 is a par 3 island green. The green is completely surrounded
by water and bulkhead with one singular revetted bunker between
the water and the green's complex. The hole itself can be played
as far back as 168 yards up to just under 100 yards from the
forward tees. It is a forced carry from tee to green and the
greens complex is 100% 360 degrees surrounded by water accessible
only by a wooden bridge. Visually one of the most stunning holes
at Trump National, Jupiter.
Early morning dew on the back tees
of the 168 yard, par three, island green, 11th hole at Trump
National Golf Club, Jupiter. Photo by Ken E. May
Hole #13, par 5, - 629 yards
Hole #13 is a
magnificent 629 yard par five with seven bunkers visible off
the tee, the main one being a revetted bunker in the left center
of the fairway then two additional bunkers on the left and four
on the right. Challenging that revetted bunker puts you in prime
location to challenge the green in two shots or to lay-up. The
second shot is set up very nicely by a 30 foot drop in the fairway
creating a great visual on the second shot as you see the green
for the first time.
The tee shot
is blind in regard to direction to the green. The 2nd shot is
framed out by the five bunkers in the distance. Three of the
bunkers range from 80 to 140 yards out from the green. Another
main revetted bunker is located just in front of the green. The
green complex is also protected by two more bunkers to the left
and to the rear of the green which has two tiers to the left
and a single tier to the right.
A large revetted bunker on the left is reachable off the tee
of the par five, 13th hole at Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter.
Photo by Ken E. May
Reminiscent of the Road Hole bunker at St.
Andrews, a single revetted potbunker guards the front of the
13th green. Photo by Ken E. May
Hole #17, par 5, - 546 yards
17th Hole is the last Par 5 on the golf course. It can be a reachable
par 5, but is still very much a risk reward scenario. The player
is greeted off the tee by three revetted bunkers that frame the
tee shot. Two are down the left and one is on the right hand
side. Just pass the bunker on the right hand side the rest of
the hole is framed out.
A revetted pot bunker guards the landing area off the tee on
the 546 yard, par five, 17th hole at Trump National Jupiter.
hole then takes a swing to the right which sets up a lay-up shot
of about 170 to 180 yards leaving a nice pitching wedge into
the green. The green is guarded by water on the left and a revetted
pot bunker in the middle and then three other bunkers from left
to right as you go down the right side of the fairway. The green
is narrow with multiple tiers, two higher tiers front and back,
with a swale in the middle.
This uniquely shaped revetted pot bunker guards the green on
the 17th hole at Trump National, Jupiter.
Hole #18, par four, - 461
The 18th hole is 461 yards long and it is a great closing hole.
The fairway is right out in front of you on the tee shot. But
the second shot requires an accurate second shot which is a complete
force carry over a bulkheaded water hazard. Behind the green
you have two bunkers which also help define the green. The green
runs left to right in a deep fashion requiring a accurate shot
for a front pin location, and a much more acceptable shot when
its all the way back.
Seen here from the forward tees, the distant 18th green is guarded
by water on the right.
With three separate bays, three different golf lessons can be
given simultaneously at the new Golf Learning Center.
New State of the art Golf
Learning Center at Trump National, Jupiter
brand new state of the art building for the Golf Learning Center
designed by Mr. Trump opened for the members in May 2014 at Trump
National, Jupiter. The building is equipped with 3 full state-of-the-art
teaching-bays that house both Trackman launch monitors as well
as JC Video swing-analysis software.
At Trump National, Jupiter highly skilled instructors are always
available to assist members with the development of their golf
abilities using state-of-the-art Trackman launch monitors and
JC Video swing-analysis software.
building is the first of its kind for the golf operations of
the Trump Organization and is utilized throughout the club
to conduct personalized golf instructions for both our members
as well as all levels of player up to PGA tour professionals
and LPGA tour professionals.
building is an indoor and outdoor building that will allow for
both lessons to be completed on prime weather days where golfers
are able to hit shots inside the building utilizing the technology
out into the practice facility additionally the bay doors can
be closed to conduct indoor fittings during optimal weather conditions
as well as to conduct instruction on inclement weather days allowing
for 365 days of instruction each and every year regardless of
instructors are available to assist members with the development
of their golf abilities. Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter offers
a variety of programs and clinics, including individual lessons
which can be arranged by calling the Director of Golf, David
Trout, at (561) 514-6021.
Full Family Amenities
at Trump National, Jupiter
of Golf, David Trout said, I think one of the things that
makes this club really very distinctive in our area is we have
the golf course which is designed, built and maintained to the
caliber of a golf club golf course. However, we are
a Full Service country club. Meaning that in addition
to the outstanding golf course here on the property we also have
full family amenities consisting of five different Food
& Beverage outlets and a full service spa with therapists
to take care of any treatment that our members may desire. We
have a full state-of-the-art workout facility and health-club
facility in addition to our Oasis which is our pool
area that is unparalleled in the area as well. So again, we provide
our members with full family amenities, allowing for something
to do for each person in the family.
Tony Servideo said, Trump National, Jupiter has a 60,000
square foot clubhouse which features an open kitchen and dining
room with a member's lounge. We also have a wonderful spa and
fitness center along with a 150,000 gallon heated swimming pool
that features an Alaskan glacier rock waterfall.
offerings consist of a full golf membership and also a spa social
membership. Currently we have 200 full golf members and about
175 spa social members all in all comprising the membership of
were in the midst of building a 10,000 square foot grand
ballroom that will be able to seat 550 people for a plated dinner,
which we're very excited to open in early March of 2015. There
has been an enormous amount of interest and inquires regarding
our ballroom locally within the community for local charities
and special events in Palm Beach county.
chef worked several years for Mr. Trump at Mar-A-Lago and is
now here in Jupiter.He does a great job with our world class
steaks and seafood and he utilizes a lot of products which are
fresh from local farms here in the Palm Beach County area.
has 83 estate homes in three separate neighborhoods sprinkled
throughout the golf course. Some of our members live here year
round and some of them are here only for the winter and then
leave and head up north for the summer months. Either way the
golf course maintenance crew also maintains the grounds and lawn
care for all of the members homes.
Trump National, Jupiter is an exclusive golf club in one of the
most prestigious locations in the country: Jupiter, Florida.
Donald Trump purchased this 500-acre gated enclave (formerly
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter) back in December
Membership has its privileges
at Trump National, Jupiter
With 20 courses
throughout the world, Trump Golf Properties offer a new level
of challenge, luxury, service and performance that have become
synonymous with the Trump Golf experience, and the lucky members
at Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter also enjoy reciprocity at
all Trump Golf Properties worldwide.
and International Golf Clubs are some of the most sought after
clubs worldwide and are considered to have the highest standards
in golf course design, maintenance, and management. Trump courses
combine the most spectacular landscapes with the talents of the
worlds best golf course architects.
Jupiter is a personal playground for a long list of America's
most successful individuals, including Mr. Trump himself. The
club is the epitome of first-class service and facilities and
fits tailor made into the existing catalog of Trump National
offerings nationwide. This full service private club provides
something for every member that drives through the gates.
The Oasis pool facility at Trump National Golf Club in beautiful
beautiful clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter sets
behind the 18th gree
beautiful Jack Nicklaus signature design golf course as well
as the state of the art clubhouse and Five Star amenities make
Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter one of the most desirable golf
clubs in all of Florida. When asked about Trump National Jupiter,
Mr. Trump told Florida Golf Magazine, As an avid golfer,
I can tell you that this club and its setting are truly something
very special. Award winning services and exceptional world class
facilities make this the perfect private club for the entire
family to enjoy. Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter provides more
than a membership - its a true luxury lifestyle.
For more info about
Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, see www.trumpnationaljupiter.com