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Club aiming to be ‘most famous non-traditional’ club

Club aiming to be ‘most famous non-traditional’ club

LAKE WORTH, Fla. — Nestled on 100 acres of property just off Lake Worth Road, east of Florida’s Turnpike, is a golf course that is being transformed from vintage to one of the “most famous non-traditional” clubs in the world.

A bit ambitious? Maybe.

But maybe not.

What Mike Dahlstrom — known on these grounds at “Mikey D” — and the Paradigm Golf Group are doing at the 61-year-old Palm Beach National Golf Club — known as “The Nash” — is atypical and unconventional.

Want a free shot of flavored rum before your round? Come to the Nash.

Want to be amped by upbeat music to make your day on the range more enjoyable? Come to the Nash.

Want to hit those range balls into beer-ponged theme targets made up of red and blue barrels stacked on their sides? Come to the Nash.

Want Toptracer range technology and the ability to play Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and other iconic courses? Come to the Nash.

And want to play your round on a souped-up golf card with Bluetooth capabilities? Coming soon to the Nash. As is a $3.8 million clubhouse with garage doors that will open to covered hitting bays.

“Our mission is to attract all golfers, both traditional and non-traditional, to the game by providing a high-quality product and by providing personal service with a staff that (will make) your day a special one,” said Dahlstrom, 42, vice president of Paradigm Golf, which runs Palm Beach National.

“Along with technology and just an overall vibe.”

How does Mikey D, whose unofficial title is “VP of All Things Fun,” define vibe?

“A collection of all people’s energy and enthusiasm; personalities, character, all grouped into one to really create a fun spot.”

Disco ball decoration at an outdoor dining area near the food truck at the golf ball driving practice range at Palm Beach National Golf Club in Palm Beach County, Fla., on May 9, 2023.
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The walk to the old pro shop, which soon will be folded into the state-of-the-art clubhouse, passes a beach-themed area with wooden chairs, pink flamingos and a sign that reads: “Here for a good time.”

David Arney of Wellington has been golfing since 1966. Dahlstrom described him as a traditionalist. But Arney isn’t above a little fun, like warming up on a range with music blasting or his group slamming a shot of rum during their round.

“The energy here is the music. I love it,” Arney said. “It’s a great vibe. And through it all, with…

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