It was quite the four weeks on the West Coast for the Walker family. These past few weeks were our first of 2011 traveling together as a family, staying in our bus and some fantastic golf from Jimmy. I must admit, it felt wonderful to be together and great golf was just the icing on the cake, especially since it’s the beginning of the year and the West Coast has not typically been Jimmy’s best finishes in years past. Those darn mutating greens can be quite tricky but as Jimmy’s putting stats indicate, they didn’t get the best of him this time around.
From West to East and Bent to Bermuda, after a much-needed week off Jimmy heads to Florida and the start of the Southern Swing in West Palm Beach at PGA National. The “small one” and I are enjoying my passion hunter/jumper horse competitions for the next few weeks, and I am sad to be missing this stop as WPB has everything I enjoy.
Located in southern Jupiter you will find Leftovers, one the Quigley family’s favorite restaurants. (451 University Blvd, Jupiter 561-627-6030) Leftovers is a wonderful family friendly place with fabulous “sub-tropical” dishes where fresh fish is the highlight of the menu. The specials change daily but always aim to please and do just that. The atmosphere is light and casual but get there early as they don’t take reservations and the locals know how great this place is.
Café Chardonnay is another gem of the area, located in Palm Beach Gardens. (4533 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens 561-627-2662) An amazing wine menu paired with creative American cuisine makes Café Chardonnay a perfect spot for adults wanting (or needing!) a romantic night out.
Lastly, for an upscale twist on an old favorite, try Vic & Angelos Coal Oven. (4520 PGA Blvd, Palm , Beach Gardens 561-630-9899) Vic & Angelos pizza is a favorite among Jupiter residents Will Mackenzie and Rickie Fowler, but the menu offers up a lot more succulent Italian dishes than just pizza. From one gnocchi lover to another, Vic & Angelos Ricotta Gnocchi is one that should not be missed. A happening spot especially during the Tournament week and MLB Spring Training, reservations are recommended.
Suggesting an indoor mall isn’t usually my style, but because of it’s proximity to PGA National, The Gardens Mall located on PGA Boulevard is my pick for the week. Whether it’s rain in the winter or heat in the summer that drives you indoors and over 160 shops and restaurants to tempt you, don’t feel guilty if shopping is the reason you stay indoors. The beautiful Gardens Mall is retail heaven.
STAY (AND GOLF!)
The Honda Classic in WPB is one week that truly spoils us on TOUR. If you are going to make a trip to the area, there is no better place to stay and play than PGA National Golf Resort & Spa. There are not many weeks where we get to stay at the course but this week is an exception and exceptional it is!
With 5 courses to please players of all levels, PGA National is the perfect choice for a golf vacation. Feeling confident with your golf game? Be sure to play the Champion Course, the same course the TOUR pros play during the Honda Classic. This formidable course boasts three of the most challenging consecutive holes in golf known as “The Bear Trap,” named after designer Jack Nicklaus. When TOUR Pro’s pray each day to the Golf Gods for even par through The Bear Trap, you know you are in for a challenge.
For an opportunity to watch the worlds best in my favorite sport, equestrian stadium jumping, drive 30 minutes south to Wellington. Every winter equestrian athletes at the peak of their sport gather in south Florida. Friday March 6th is the Nations Cup Grand Prix, a team competition consisting of 4 riders from each country battling it out over massive 5’+ jumps with big money and bigger bragging rights at stake. A great competition that even non-horse lovers will respect and admire.
Golf, horses, wine, food, shopping. The Palm Beach area has everything this TOUR Wife could want and I hope you enjoy the spots I have shared with you!