Interestingly enough, this lake is not a natural lake. It’s another manmade feature of the landscape that was constructed so long ago, we’ve come to accept it as part of the scenery. In an untitled manuscript typed by Charles A. Branch and located in the archives of the North Palm Beach Public Library and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, Mr. Branch, an assistant to Harry Kelsey in the early days of
Kelsey City (now ) reveals the truth. Lake Park
Mr. Branch says that a Mr. Jules Basche used to walk the golf course at the Palm Beach Winter Club (now the North Palm Beach Country Club) for exercise. Basche spent quite a bit of time telling Branch about the golf course he and his friends (E.F. Hutton and Martin Sweeny according to linksmag.com) were going to build just north of the Palm Beach Winter Club. Mr. Branch tried to offer his services as he knew the area pretty well by then, but Basche and his friends hired a pro from elsewhere (Donald J. Ross) and shortly after, construction on the Seminole Golf Club began. Unfortunately, the northerners knew nothing about the peculiarity of the high tides of the area and the following October, salt water covered many of the fairways -- some by as much as two feet. Mr. Branch continues, “it cost them a million dollars to pump in soil to raise the Course above sea level… the spoil area did create the present Lake in Juno Beach.”
The park and the lake still exist today. The Seminole Golf Club sits comfortably above sea level and is a beautiful course still in use. You can easily drive by the lake and have a nice picnic at the beautiful little park, but the Seminole Golf Club remains a private club.
Ruth Berge grew up in
with her nose in a book and her feet in the sand. If there’s something about Martin or North Palm Beach, Florida you’ve been wondering, e-mail Ruth at email@example.com and she’ll happily run to the history books and archives to dig for an answer to your question. Palm Beach County