Palm Beach County - The Sports Lover's Paradise

Palm Beach County - The Sports Lover's Paradise
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.; March 2009 - Inviting and invigorating, year-round sunny skies and
tropical temperatures make Palm Beach County a superb place to experience a world of sports in the
affluent yet affordable Palm Beaches.
It is home to PGA tournaments, more than 160 private and public golf courses, world-class polo and
equestrian events, the nation's best croquet, year-round tennis, the annual Marathon of the Palm Beaches,
and is the spring training address of the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins.
~Palm Beach Classic: Greens of Fame & Fortune~
It's a well-earned Palm Beach County sports moniker - Florida's Golf CapitalTM. Avid golfers can play
on championship courses that the Honda Classic, the Ryder Cup, the World Cup and the PGA
Championships have all called home.
Resorts such as The Breakers, the Boca Raton Resort & Club and PGA National Resort & Spa feature a
variety of courses on property. Meanwhile, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Palm
Beach among other hotels and resorts are located conveniently near premier courses.
~Love: Tennis~
Palm Beach County is also home to a vast collection of private and public tennis courts, including tennis
programs and facilities at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, The Breakers,
PGA National Resort and Spa, and The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach.
Also a tennis haven, the 8,200-seat Delray Beach Tennis Center is an ATP award winning public facility
located in downtown Delray Beach. The center hosts the International Tennis Championships February
through March when the world's top professional tennis players "hit" the destination. Palm Beach County
is also home to the Chris Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, which provides year-long intensive
training to tennis enthusiasts and week-long courses geared toward visitors.
~ It's A Runner's World: Race~
The Marathon of the Palm Beaches, held annually in December, includes an action packed three-day
weekend filled with race-related events. During the 26.2-mile marathon and the 13.1-mile half marathon runners enjoy a spectacular waterfront route through several West Palm Beach and Lake Worth historic
neighborhoods. In addition to local runners, the Marathon of the Palm Beaches has attracted many of the
world's top runners; Simon Sawe and Frederick Chumba of Kenya, and Tatiana Belovol of Ukraine.
The Annual South Florida Komen Race for the Cure is held in January and is the oldest and largest 5k
run/walk in Florida. It takes place along the Intracoastal Waterway on picturesque Flagler Drive in
Downtown West Palm Beach.
~The Boys of Summer, In Spring~
Preparing the boys of summer for the season to come, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins call
Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter their spring training home. Jupiter is the perfect place to get close to
major league stars as the Cardinals and the Marlins host many teams, including the Mets, Twins, Red Sox
and the Orioles. During the regular season, Jupiter is the home of two minor league teams, the Jupiter
Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals.
~Of Chukkers, Goals and Ponies~
The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington is the center for the Winter Equestrian Festival. Set
upon 120 acres, it is known as the nation's largest grand prix jumping event, drawing Olympic equestrian
athletes from around the world.
The International Polo Club Palm Beach is a return to the way the game of polo is meant to be enjoyed,
where polo players and fans of all ages can gather together in a world-class venue for the sport and the
lifestyle. Located in Wellington, the heart of South Florida's legendary horse country, International Polo
Club Palm Beach is a world-class polo club designed to showcase the finest the sport has to offer.
Thousands of fans celebrate the Polo Season featuring a series of renowned polo tournaments.
~Largest Croquet Lawn in the World~
The National Croquet Center is the largest dedicated croquet facility in the world, and has set a new
standard for the sport of croquet. Built on ten acres in West Palm Beach by the Croquet Foundation of
America, the National Croquet Center features a 19,000 square-foot clubhouse that sits in the midst of a
vast and near-perfect lawn where guests can choose to organize Golf Croquet Lawn Parties, basic
instruction and tournament competition. Croquet lawns are also available at several leading resorts in
Palm Beach County.
~A Need for Speed~
Speed lovers find racing thrills at the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter. The recently
redeveloped multimillion dollar PBIR, formerly Moroso Motorsports Park, is owned and operated by a
team of car enthusiasts, professional racers and some of the industry's most recognized names, including
PBIR president Ron Dixon, one of racing's most respected professionals and father of current Indy 500
winner Scott Dixon, as well as club pro Shane Lewis.
The newly re-branded and re-designed state-of-the-art venue is rapidly becoming one of the most popular
raceways in the country. The year-round warm climate of Palm Beach County makes it perfect foranother major element of racing - year-round track testing. The facility offers professional race teams,
original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket companies the opportunity to have direct access to the
road course, skid pad, wet track and drag race testing without curfew limits on dynamometer operations.
~Water Adventures~
With 47 miles of coastline and the second largest freshwater lake in the country, Palm Beach County
offers ideal areas to fish, kayak and canoe. Visitors can catch bass to bluegill in Lake Okeechobee,
snapper and sailfish in the Gulf Stream or explore the Loxahatchee Everglades. With comfortable water
temperatures year round, ranging from 70 to 84 degrees, scuba enthusiasts can dive to Juno Ledge, King
Neptune or the shipwrecked Princess Anne to uncover Palm Beach's underwater treasures.
About the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating a direct annual economic impact of
$2.8 billion in the local economy, producing $23 million dollars in bed tax revenue and lodging sales of
approximately $623 million. The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official
destination marketing organization for Palm Beach County, Florida.
Palm Beach County presents "The Best of Everything?" - from a multitude of accommodations,
including more than 200 hotels, resorts, spas, golf courses, world-class shopping, 47 miles of pristine
beaches, distinctive attractions and an assortment of cultural venues to top-notch festivals and edge-ofyour-seat sporting activities. All who visit this subtropical paradise will find cities rich in diversity and
home to warm, friendly people. For more information call the Palm Beach County Convention and
Visitors Bureau at 561.233.3000, or visit
Kenneth Morgan, Communications Manager
Palm Beach County CVB
1555 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Suite 800, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
561.233.3000 FAX 561.233.3009