The Champions Course opened over 60 years ago and has been up-dated and improved many times since then to present a fun, yet-challenging experience for all golfers. Its signature 18th hole with an island green is known throughout southwest Florida.

Designed by Dick Wilson, architect of such well-known courses as Bay Hill, Doral’s Blue Monster, Cog Hill and Laurel Valley, it was home to the first nationally televised golf competitions, which were called “All-Star Golf,” and hosted by the most flamboyant golfer of the era, Jimmy Demaret.

In 1960, the course – then known as DeSoto Lakes Country Club – hosted a PGA event with the largest purse ever in Florida, $40,000. Sam Snead took the $5,300 first prize and a young Arnold Palmer got $1,475 for fourth place!

The Lakes Course was added to the club in 1982 and is a shot-maker’s dream as it weaves through natural and un-disturbed wildlife habitat. Designer Joe Lee was careful to preserve wetlands, so golfers will enjoy the natural beauty of the land. Lee was an architect for more than 200 courses, including three at Walt Disney World. Tree-lined fairways and quick, undulating greens make The Lakes a superb test of golf.

Palm Aire Country Club has long standing, active organizations for our member play.  These organizatons include the Men's Golf Association (MGA), Women's Golf Association (WGA), Men's 9-hole Golf Association (NHMGA) and a Women's 9-hole Golf Association (NHWGA).   These assoications are open to all equity members of Palm Aire Country Club.  In addition, our professional team puts on various internal tournaments and holiday events. 

Jay Seymour, PGA
Head Golf Professional
(941) 355-9738