President Obama visits Treasure Coast: What would a weekend trip to the Floridian cost?


PALM CITY — So how much would it cost to pop into Palm City from Washington DC for a weekend of golf at the posh Floridian, such as the three-day getaway President Barack Obama has on tap this weekend?

Try around $8,000, including costs for airfare, a chartered helicopter, Floridian guest quarters, golf fees, meals and caddie tips.

And that's if you're a guest of the ritzy waterfront golf community, founded in 1996 by H. Wayne Huizenga and purchased in 2010 by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, who is hosting Obama's visit.

If you're a Floridian member, you've already plunked down $50,000 for an initiation fee and pay $15,000 in annual dues, according to longtime club member Bill Wallace, owner of Wallace Automotive Group.

Guest fees run $300 per person to play the plush 18-hole course created by golf great Gary Player and later redesigned by Tom Fazio.

"The caddies generally make around $200 for 18 holes of golf," Wallace said. "That would include a tip."

And if your putt needs some work before teeing off, get ready to pay top dollar at the club's all-digital 4,500 square-foot golf learning center, designed by legendary coach Butch Harmon, who once worked with Tiger Woods.

Lessons with Harmon cost $3,000 an hour, Wallace said.

"It's very expensive for the facility they have there," he said. "They have cameras that take moving pictures of your golf swing from about eight different angles."

Other estimated costs to spend a golf weekend at the Floridian include:

$501: average round trip airfare on U.S. Air from Washington DC to West Palm Beach

$2,000: round trip charter for a six-seater Bell 407 helicopter from Palm Beach International Airport to the Floridian, according to chief pilot Terry Jones, with Aircoastal Helicopters in Lantana.

$1,500: estimated per night fee to stay in one of the four-bedroom golf cottages reserved for Floridian guests.

$100: average dinner price per person at the Floridian's main restaurant


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