PGA GOLF CLUB (800-800-4653)
Florida Golf Course Review
The PGA Village is a resort complex of over 300 units with amenities that feature a variety of luxurious options - including full kitchens, laundry facilities and pool access.
Accommodations range from standard guest rooms and one-bedroom golf villas to two and three-bedroom townhomes with spacious floor plans and breathtaking golf or lake
views. There are three heated swimming pools on the resort property. For info on the resort, please see our page for the PGA Village listed in our Florida Golf Resort section by clicking here.
Learn Where the Pros Learn - The PGA of America Golf Schools at the PGA Village offer a variety of instructional programs using the most up-to-date teaching methods and the
latest state-of-the-art technology. Instructional programs are open to the public and vary from 2 1/2 day weekend to 4 1/2 day schools, with a commitment to continued
improvement and enhanced enjoyment of the game. The on-site35 acre PGA Learning Center is one of the most advanced practice facilities in the world, and includes extensive
short game, full swing and specialty shot areas, as well as a 3-hole teaching course and 6 hole short course. There are 8 styles of bunkers available with 4 different types of sand
. For more info on the PGA Learning Center (which is open to the public) click here (coming soon) to visit our detailed page for them.
The three public courses at the PGA Golf Club are among the only courses owned and operated by the PGA of America. The ecologically sensitive 430-acre world-class facility
offers two Tom Fazio courses and a Pete Dye course. A full service pro shop and 150 seat banquet/outing room are on property, as well as the 61st Hole Grill which serves
breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. There is a double-ended driving range with nearby practice putting greens and bunkers, plus the short course with holes ranging from 35-60 yards.
Each of the three courses is serviced by the same clubhouse/pro shop, making replays and all day golf very convenient. A new line of golf carts features weather covers (to protect
golf clubs during inclement weather)and dividers that separate the two sets of clubs, divot repair containers, plus a compartmentalized dash that makes it efficient to store
incidentals. The courses are well marked, with sprinkler heads providing measurements to the front, middle and back of the green, 100, 150 and 200 yard markers, and yardage
blocks that are measured to the center of the green posted in each tee area. Color coded flags indicate the day's pin placements. The stakes situated near the landing areas serve
as directional devices - and do not indicate any specific yardage.
Dye Course review
In our opinion, the Dye course is the most challenging layout on property. This 7150 yard design plays to a 139 slope and features a variety of "dye-abolical" sand bunkers - about
95 in total - plus acres of coquina waste areas. Water comes into play on just 3 holes, but the moguls and mounding present along the fairways and greenside more than
compensate as hazards.
The fairways are generally ample, and the greens are large and deceptively undulating. Land in one of the many pot bunkers situated greenside and up and downs will require the
best of your sand skills. The putting complexes also feature significant mounding, and are often raised. Number seven is a visually stunning hole, with a minefield of sand traps
located from 80 yards in. Waste areas border many of the fairways, and natural areas must be negotiated off the tee, with some significant carries on numbers 9, 14 and 18.
Five sets of tees feature yardages/slopes measuring 7150 yards/139 slope, 6625 yards/133 slope, 6030 yards/125 slope, 5715 yards/116 slope for men and 121 for women, and
5015 yards/ 107 slope for men and 117 for the ladies. Keep in mind that the course plays longer - as all the fairways are slightly raised! This links style course offers pure Florida
surroundings, with hints of design from traditional British Isles courses for flavor. For more info on the Dye Course, click here
The PGA Golf Club is open for public play, with rates during the 2005 season, including cart, topping out at $89 per round. The courses have achieved Audubon International
Signature status, and also have been awarded 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest Best Places to Play. Golfers pay $15 to use the PGA Learning Center for the entire day, including
unlimited range balls and use of all short game facilities. The PGA Historical Center offers complimentary admission to view trophies of the major championships and Ryder Cup,
with other historical information also available. The PGA Golf Club and Village is easily accessible from either the Florida Turnpike or from I-95.
Visit the official PGA Golf Club website by clicking here.