Rickie Fowler’s Florida Hangouts

Fowler hits a tee shot during round one of THE PLAYERS Championship on May 9, 2013.
Fowler hits a tee shot during round one of THE PLAYERS Championship on May 9, 2013.Sam Greenwood / Getty Images

Acre for acre, Jupiter, Florida almost certainly boasts more golf talent than any other community on Earth. Rickie Fowler, who recommends his base as a getaway for links-loving travelers, is just one of PGA tour pros – think Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson, and Robert Allenby – who moved to Jupiter after sampling the town’s high-end courses and being advised that Florida has no state income tax. Fowler says he hits the links regularly with Keegan Bradley and Jon Curran at The Bear’s Club, a private club founded by Jack Nicklaus that sprawls across 370 carefully manicured acres, but also takes advantage of the opportunities his adopted town offers beyond the green.

“I get out in my boat and go fishing inshore and offshore,” says Fowler. “Only three miles out and you’re into the Gulf Stream.”

Fowler also paddleboards and jet-skis in the lukewarm Atlantic waters, which hover around 78 degrees thanks to northbound currents. He also takes the occasional dip along Jupiter’s roughly 3.4 miles of beaches, which expand outward from Carlin Park, a 3,000-foot public plot featuring seaside bocce, tennis, and volleyball facilities. Kayakers can head to nearby John D. MacArthur Beach State Park to paddle through the protected areas around Munyon Island, a deserted sanctuary in Lake Worth Lagoon. According to Fowler, spending time on the water is part and parcel of living in Jupiter.

When you get hungry, head to one of Fowler’s favorite restaurants. Food Shack offers daily specials like panko-fried grouper cheeks and a salmon ceviche tostada in addition to regular items like the blackened fish tacos and brisket burgers. Leftovers is known for its adult version of macaroni and cheese and is probably the one place on Jupiter you’re most likely to actually run into Fowler, a repeat customer.

“I also go to Rancho Chico because I need a Mexican food fix,” Fowler says. “I’m from California, after all.”

And Fowler’s California roots are what make him so easy to pick out. The former motocross rider still dresses the part of the extreme athlete, donning brightly colored duds that make him stick out on television and on Jupiter’s East Indiantown Road.

“That is one of the biggest messages I want to give younger fans,” Fowler says of his brightly colored Puma clothes. “Don’t worry what other people think.”

Of course, Fowler – who travels so much he was hired as the new face of Crowne Plaza Hotels – has hardly been rebellious in his real estate investments. He may be among the tour’s younger draws, but now that he’s moved from his former Vegas condo, he is part of the old boys’ club that is Jupiter. The town, like Fowler himself, has a lot to offer, but is ultimately about one thing: golf.

More information: Most of the golf clubs in Jupiter are private, but Abacoa Golf Club offers great golfing for visitors. A round costs from $70 during the high season. The club is a 20-minute drive from Palm Beach International Airport, which offers direct flights to most of the cities on the eastern seaboard.

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