West Palm Beach is the largest and the most densely populated city in Palm Beach County, Florida.
The city was founded by Henry Flagler, who started buying land in Palm Beach. The community was supposed to be used to house of the staff who worked at the two Lake Worth grand hotels established by Henry Flagler himself. The city was originally named Westpalmbeach, but it was later considered too long a name, so it was made into three words, instead. On November 5, 1894, residents met at the Calaboose, which was the original jail on Clematis St. and passed the motion to incorporate the Town of West Palm Beach into Palm Beach County. Thus, the city became the oldest incorporated municipality in South Florida.
The tents and shanties hosting the servants quickly turned into brick, veneer, and stone buildings. During the 1920s, the city grew very rapidly. West Palm Beach rapidly morphed into the cultural center for the art elite. Suddenly it was competing with Miami, which was already a rich cultural spot.
In the late 1960s, the first indoor shopping center in the area, the Palm Beach Mall, was built.
By the 1970s, the city was reborn, thanks to the newcomers who appreciated the city’s cultural richness. Additional shopping centers were opened in CityPlace, Clematis Street, and Antique Row.
Well known historic areas of West Palm Beach are the Bel Air Historic District, Central Park, El Cid, Flamingo Park, Grandview Heights, Mango Promenade, Northboro Park, Northwest, Old Northwood Historic District, Northwood Hills Historic District, Pleasant City, Prospect Park, and West Northwood Historic District.
Numbered among the well known educational institutions in the city are Bak Middle School of the Arts, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Northwood University, Florida Culinary Institute, Lincoln College of Technology, South University, and the West Palm Beach Public Library.
Top arts and cultural spots include the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, The Norton Museum of Art, The Carefree Theatre, Meyer Amphitheatre, and Palm Beach County Convention Center. There are also dozens of festive activities that attract people from all around the world, including SunFest, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach Boat Show, National Horse Show, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, and City festivals.
West Palm Beach is also a top sporting spot. Spring training baseball, collegiate athletics, professional golf, croquet, polo and equestrian events are found here. Country clubs provide excellent golf and tennis facilities and luxurious country club living.
Ironhorse is a private golf and country club providing all the excellence that golf has to offer. The golf course here was designed by Arthur Hills, ASGCA in 1989. This 18 hole course features 6,855 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72. It has a 74.0 rating and 143 on Bermuda grass slope rating.
Along with the wonderful golf facilities, Ironhorse also offers an unforgettable tennis experience with its recently renovated tennis center, fitness studio, oversized lap pool. The newly enhanced clubhouse is the perfect place for hosting parties and events, such as birthdays, weddings, business outings and more.
Emerald Dunes is a private club that is proud of the 18-hole course featuring 7,006 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72. It is 74.3 rated and 138 on Bermuda grass slope rated. The course was designed by Thomas Fazio, ASGCA in 1990. The club was promoted to a top ten daily fee facility, thanks to the votes of its members and guests.
Turtle Bay Golf Club is a daily fee facility. It has a 18 holes with 11 of them on water. The course features 4700 yards for a par of 61. This course is proud to be a challenging spot forcing golfers to sweat and show off their strongest techniques.
Banyan Lakes Country Club is another attractive golf facility offering an 18-hole course. It features 7,150 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course is 72.7 rated and 139 on Bahia grass slope rated. The golf course was designed by Joseph L. Lee in 1973.
If you like being surrounded by a combination of culture, history, sports and luxury living, West Palm Beach is the place to go.