Makings Waves

The Palm Beaches has long been a draw for professional athletes, especially golfers, many of whom make their homes in gated communities here. But surprisingly, considering the area’s popularity, favorable weather, tax advantages, and easy access to airports, there has not been a notable new luxury gold and lifestyle community opened in nearly two decades. That all changed last fall with the high-profile debut of Panther National, which puts a uniquely modern and European spin on the concept, thanks to the vision of developer Dominik Senn. 

While certainly a golf lover, Senn, who hails from Switzerland, has a considerably different athletic background. A former professional alpine ski racer, he is now the CEO and Chairman of 4sports & Entertainment AG, which represents pro athletes in skiing, tennis, hockey, soccer, and golf, with his clients including numerous PGA Tour players and Major champions.

When it came time to design a new golf course as the anchor amenity for Panther National, Senn didn’t pull any punches. The result is The Big Cat, a world-first co-designed by the biggest Major winner in history, legendary longtime Palm Beach resident Jack Nicklaus, and NetJets Brand Ambassador, former World No. 1, PGA TOUR star (and two-time PGA Championship winner) Justin Thomas.