PGA Golf Club Debuts New Clubhouse
Signaling a new era for the Port St. Lucie, Florida PGA Golf Club, an impressive and contemporary 20,000 square-foot clubhouse is now complete. Designed by Oklahoma based Tom Hoch Design, the facility has more than doubled in size from the original clubhouse, which opened its doors in 1996.
The new clubhouse features elements of style throughout the building that reflect the rich history of the PGA of America. As a result, the PGA has relocated some notable trophies and artifacts that trace its nearly 100 years to the new “PGA Gallery” area of the clubhouse. As soon as you walk in the door, your first view is of the display of the 4 Major Championship trophies of golf, including the original Wanamaker Trophy, presented to the winner of each year’s PGA Championship. The 98th PGA Championship will be held at historical Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey the last week of July 2016. Additionally, the Senior PGA Championship’s Alfred S. Bourne Trophy and the Vardon Trophy, with its iconic overlapped hands sculpture and is awarded by the PGA of America to the player with the lowest scoring average, are both prominently displayed.
“This newly-renovated and expanded clubhouse signals a transformation for PGA Golf Club” said PGA General Manager Jimmy Terry. “We now have a magnificent cornerstone to accompany our four championship golf courses that will serve as a point of pride for our PGA members, guests and golfers from around the world to enjoy.”
Phase one of the clubhouse construction was finalized in February, with renovations throughout the structure, chiefly to the public areas. The golf pro shop now features modern-design techniques that accentuate its high ceiling. The sales counter was moved to the middle of the shop for a retail-center vibe, while elevated platforms display the women’s and men’s special apparel. The shop also offers a private member’s entrance with access to the members only locker room, and a new fitting area.
The Taplow Pub, named in honor of department store magnate Rodman Wannamaker’s informal business group nicknamed “The Taplow Club”, was completely remodeled into a high end dining establishment. It was Wannamaker and his club which proposed the idea to form the PGA of America in 1916. The new decor gives guests the feeling of being in an upscale restaurant with 15 flat screen televisions with individualized programming for each booth.
An adjacent “Captains’ Room” is an intimate wine room for members and their guests that pays tribute to Ryder Cup Captains, with special gifts from 1997 captain Tom Kite. The nearby Wannamaker Room banquet area presents improved entrances, new seating and enhanced acoustics. The kitchen has been expanded to serve the new areas, featuring a large pizza oven and new and improved menu.
The just completed second phase of construction is highlighted by several new areas for PGA Club members to enjoy including:
- The 1916 Bar & Grille-named in honor of the year the PGA was founded; this member only restaurant and bar sits adjacent to the fantastic finishing hole of the Wannamaker Course with a breathtaking view of 18 and the 10th tee. The rooms are served by a second kitchen designed specifically for members with an upscale menu.
- President’s Board Room- Honoring the Presidents of the PGA of America, this private meeting room is ideal for conducting business.
- Wannamaker Pavillon- This outdoor area provides an intimate view of the entire 18th hole, and reaches from one end of the clubhouse to the other with comfortable seating and tables for alfresco dining.
- Expanded Locker Rooms- Both the public and member locker rooms have been greatly expanded for both men and women, with modernized amenities and special features. The members have an old-fashioned shoe shine and locker room attendants.
The grand opening for PGA Golf Club members will happen on November 8, while 300 delegates to the 99th PGA Annual Meeting will enjoy a preview on November 12.
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