World-Class South Florida Destination Showcases Stunning Results of $100 Million Renovation
(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation, culinary, events and spa destination – will showcase the stunning results of its comprehensive $100 million transformation as it welcomes the PGA TOUR Honda Classic played on its celebrated Champion Course, Feb. 24 – 27.
The first stop of the TOUR’s “Florida Swing,” the dramatic “new” property features 99 holes of extraordinary golf ranging from four “traditional” 18s (including The Champion Course with its famous Bear Trap) to two new bold and innovative Andy Staples-designed layouts, The Match and The Staple courses.
Since opening for play on Sept. 10 to wide acclaim, few course debuts in recent years were as highly anticipated as The Match Course with its exciting goal of encouraging “match” versus “stroke” play. Built on the land of the legendary resort’s former Squire Course, the 18-hole layout is inspired by classic golf course design principles while specifically using the famed “template holes” concept for the inspired ideas from the “Golden Era” of course architecture.
The Match Course joined PGA National Resort’s new nine-hole Staple Course which opened last year on July 1 to rave reviews. With holes ranging from 60 – 130 yards, The Staple Course requires just a few clubs and places an emphasis on fast, joyous rounds with its par-three design, numerous “hole-in-one” pin locations and a figure-eight configuration complete with Adirondack chairs for after-hours socializing.
The overall resort transformation is inspired by 1960s “Palm Beach chic” for a timeless vibrancy. Through the work of KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group, “swagger meets modern luxury” at the renowned destination to create the dramatic transformation. In addition to the nostalgic vibe brought to the 360 guestrooms, array of private villas and common areas, the changes also focus heavily on superb dining where guests are guided by their palate throughout the day. Among the six new culinary concepts are two signature restaurants spearheaded by “Top Chef” winner Jeremy Ford and multiple James Beard Award nominee Lindsay Autry, The Butcher’s Club and Honeybelle.
“We are so excited to welcome the golfing world and best players in the game to PGA National Resort for the Honda Classic as we showcase the incredible transformation of our entire property,” says Jane Broderick, Club Manager. “With our amazing roster of courses, fantastic accommodations and world-class resort amenities, we’re honored be among the ‘best of the best’ of U.S. golf destinations.”
The resort highlights topnotch instruction at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, and the world’s first science-based and statistical data-driven golf training center, Full Process Golf. PGA National Resort also offers state-of-the-art club fitting. An array of special stay-and-play packages, including rounds on The Champion Course as well as The Match and Staple courses, are offered for vacations to long savor.
Additional amenities include its superlative 33,000 square-foot health and racquet club with 19 Har Tru tennis courts (12 lit for night play); tranquil 40,000 square-foot spa; 60,000 square feet of indoor / outdoor event space. Guests can now enjoy a new high-end chocolatier, ice cream shop and brand-new “Kids Club” experience.
For more information about PGA National Resort: visit www.pgaresort.com or call 800.863.2819.
About PGA National Resort
Located in South Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens, PGA National Resort is a legendary golf, vacation, culinary, events and spa destination. The resort is currently unveiling the results of its stunning $100 million capital investment revitalization resulting in a dramatic transformation touching every aspect of the celebrated property.
Now showcasing a sophisticated ambiance of “1960s Palm Beach chic,” the world-class resort amenities include fully updated guest rooms and meeting spaces, new dining concepts (including two signature restaurants helmed by award-winning chefs – The Butcher’s Club and Honeybelle), wellness offerings and new programming. All offer guests an unforgettable experience while placing the resort in the highest echelons of North American vacation destinations.
Few golf courses have a pedigree as storied as the resort’s famed Champion Course. Its lauded resume includes hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, and two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. Currently, it hosts The Honda Classic – a wildly popular stop on the PGA TOUR’s “Florida Swing.” The layout is best known for its renowned “Bear Trap” – a series of three demanding holes many consider the toughest stretch in the game.
As part of the inspiring reimagination, this celebrated South Florida destination has added two new bold and innovative Andy Staples-designed layouts in 2021: The Match (18 holes) and The Staple (nine holes). The Match showcases some of the most innovative concepts in modern golf design while encouraging “match” versus “stroke” play.
The Staple is an exuberant take on modern par-3 courses where enjoyment is paramount. Along with The Champion, they join the property’s celebrated “traditional” 18s – The Palmer, The Fazio, and The Estate courses – for 99 holes of extraordinary golf.
An industry leader in golf instruction, PGA National has partnered with leading U.S. golf schools including the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, and the world’s first science-based and statistical data-driven golf training center, Full Process Golf. PGA National also offers state-of-the-art club fitting.
PGA National Resort additionally boasts a state-of-the-art sports and racquet club as well as an exclusive membership club — all in the heart of a luxurious resort community. The property is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and one-hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).