PGA Master Professional Warren Bottke has been inducted into the South Florida Hall of Fame November 13th at Parkland Golf and Country Club. Warren is currently the Head PGA Teaching Professional at PGA National Golf Resort & Spa, the home of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens.
Warren was recognized for his extraordinary impact on the South Florida PGA and for his dedication to developing and improving education opportunities for PGA Professionals. Bottke has been teaching the game of golf for over 43 years. Over the past four decades, he has taught 25 touring professionals, mentored countless PGA Professionals working towards becoming Master Professionals, served as South Florida PGA President from 2013-2015 and in 2017 teamed up with DaVinci sports opening a golf academy in Beijing, China. Warren is unique in another way being the youngest ever PGA professional to reach Master Professional status in Florida.
In addition, Bottke has been awarded countless honors throughout his career and time served with the South Florida PGA including the PGA of America Horton Smith Award in 2005, and SFPGA Horton Smith Award six times. He was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by the chapter in 97, 07, 08, 16 & 17. He was chosen ‘Golf Professional of the Year’ in 2014, 2015 and 2018. Golf Digest chose Bottke as one of the “Top Teachers in Florida” every year from 2001-2013.
You all know Brooks Koepka, the 28 year old Florida native and winner of the 2017 & 2018 US Opens and the 2018 PGA Championship, and now the World’s #1 Golfer. When Brooks won the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, the first words out of his mouth were, “I want to thank Warren Bottke, the PGA Pro that taught me so much. I could not have done this without him.” Later Koepka commented ” Kind of the reason I’m in golf. He was my mentor; still is my mentor. I enjoy spending my time around him.” What a tribute to Warren Bottke from PGA TOUR Professional Brooks Koepka. Congratulations Warren- Well deserved!
The PGA National Golf Resort & Spa is home to five great golf courses including the Jack Nicklaus designed Champion with its infamous ‘Bear Trap’, a David Leadbetter golf school, a David Pelz Short-Game academy, a full service Spa and world class fitness and wellness facility. The magnificent Resort is the top golf resort in South Florida with fine dining, beautifully appointed rooms and a perfect place for meetings and events.