The PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, home of the TOUR’s Honda Classic, opened its newly renovated Palmer Course. Fittingly named after its original designer and the game’s greatest legend, Arnold Palmer, the course improvements were executed in consultation with the Arnold Palmer Design Company. In 1984, with Arnie’s Army cheering like mad on his every shot, Palmer captured the PGA Seniors Championship played on the legendary and mighty Champion Course at the resort.
“Our ‘new’ Palmer Course ensures the legend of the great Arnold Palmer will grow nothing but stronger for years to come here at PGA National,” says Greg Saunders, Vice President, Managing Director. “We offer a golf experience few resorts can match with five exceptional and challenging golf courses, world-class amenities and instruction that is second to none.”
Perhaps most notably, golfers will discover all 62 bunkers on The Palmer have been reshaped to improve sight lines off the tee as well as approach shots into the greens. All 18 fairways were re-turfed with the scientifically advanced Celebration bermuda, a deep blue-green grass that produces prime playing conditions year-round.
New tee-boxes have been added on all 18 holes to create greater playability. The native plant areas have undergone a complete overhaul, providing additional visual appeal with the addition of natural-colored coquina giving a contrast to the white sand bunkers and the vibrant green turf on the fairways.
All the greens were re-built and regrassed to honor the shape and contours of Mr. Palmer’s original design. The renovation has added over half an acre of total square-footage to the putting surfaces, allowing for additional opportunities for pin placements.
“The overall goal was to build upon core principals of the original design while taking advantage of the opportunity to make key agronomic, strategic and aesthetic improvements to the course,” said new ASGCA member Brandon Johnson, Vice President and Senior Golf Course architect of the Arnold Palmer Design Company. “The changes will meet the demands of the modern game and subtly reflect how our company’s design philosophy has evolved since Mr. Palmer originally laid out the course in 1984.”
“It was wonderful to work closely with Brandon Johnson and his team from Arnold Palmer Design Company,” says Brad Nelson, PGA National’s Director of Agronomy. “Our members and guests are going to love the changes to The Palmer as the great course that is now even better.”
About PGA National Resort & Spa
PGA National Resort & Spa located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is a world-class golf, spa, vacation and meetings destination. The Resort offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic, being played February 20-26, 2018, and its legendary “Bear Trap.”
A distinguishing highlight at PGA National is its 33,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Sports and Racquetball Club(SRC). The impressive new facility features the latest exercise equipment, indoor racquet ball court, three aerobics studios with new sound systems, five lane saltwater lap pool, spin room with video mapping, indoor volleyball court, two pickle ball/POP tennis courts and 19 har-tru tennis courts(11 lit for night play). PGA National is also home to the new Johan Kriek Tennis Academy, a world-class training facility run by two-time Australian Open Champion Johan Kriek. Elite junior and high-performance programs focus on stroke production, point construction, match play, video analysis, fitness, gym and mental training.
PGA National offers customized suites ideal for weddings, golf “buddy trips”and spa aficionados. Its numerous multi-use settings include a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas: scenic Lakeside Lawn perfect fro receptions; iDeck, a new 3,000 square-foot terrace for indoor/outdoor dining and entertaining; “Bar 91” 19th hole bar and grill; 40,000 square feet of self contained conference and event space; and eight on-site restaurants and lounges including its chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood.
The Spa at PGA National is a full service oasis of tranquility featuring 32 treatment rooms with 100 diverse treatments, beauty salon, the exclusive “Waters of the World” outdoor mineral pools and relaxing lounge areas.
Conveniently located near I-95 and the Florida Turnpike, the AAA Four Diamond Resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport(PBI) just over an hour to Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International(FLL) and Miami International(MIA) Airports.
For more information visit PGAResort.com or call 561-627-2000.