Businessman Lee Rosen: Seminole Golf Club (Juno Beach, FL)

Avid golf players know that their golfing journey will not be complete without having tried one of the most exclusive courses in the US (if not the world). And if it has the seal of approval of no less than Ben Hogan, it should be on any enthusiast’s bucket list. We’re talking about the Seminole Golf Club.

“I’ve been on a number of private golfing locations in the country and, I must say, nothing compares to Seminole,” notes golfer Lee S. Rosen.

The West Palm Beach and Jupiter Florida areas are a goldmine for golfers. However, not many people know about Seminole because it keeps an extremely tight list. Reportedly, the club has only around 300 members, so it’s not a surprise that we don’t find that much information about it online. Add to that the fact the it is shielded by tree walls of up to 50 feet high.

“It’s the Holy Grail,” adds Lee Rosen. “Aside from it’s vast expanse of challenging greens, it is the privacy and exclusivity that makes this place all the more covet-worthy.”

The rules are clear-cut. Every group should be on the course for a maximum of 3 hours and 40 mins. This sounds like each game is rushed, but, surprisingly, patrons have nothing but praises about how every run is handled. The caddies are so professional and make sure that players are as comfortable as possible while still maintaining the pace.

But what good is a golf course if the greens are like any other, right? This is where Seminole takes top marks. The entire course is designed in two circles. The initial nine adopts a counter-clockwise direction from the clubhouse, while the other nine go the opposite way. This means that every one offers a different challenge in terms of slope and wind. This course was designed by renowned planner Donald Ross who is known for his work on the Pinehurst No. 2, the East Lake Golf Club, the Inverness Club, Oak Hill and many more.

“Ross’s brand of design is based on the natural flow of the land and the elements,” says Lee S. Rosen. “Ben Hogan is certainly right. If you can play in Seminole, you can definitely play in any other course in the world. It’s just a surreal experience.”