PGA NATIONAL RESORT (800-633-9150) The General Review
Florida Golf Course Review
PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens is a full service resort featuring a variety of accommodations with upscale amenities, to compliment world class golf
experiences that include 90 holes of championship golf along with some of Florida's most comprehensive practice facilities. Resort features include a
variety of fine and casual dining opportunities (including Shula's Steakhouse), spacious meeting/conference rooms (35,000 square feet total), multiple
swimming pools and Jacuzzis, a 33,000 square foot health & racquet club (with 17 tennis courts and spacious gymnasium with 2 separate aerobics rooms),
a full service European-style spa (with 56 treatment rooms, steam rooms & saunas plus the unique "Waters of the World" mineral baths),and more.
Memberships are available at this AAA 4-Diamond resort and golf club, and golf here is available for members and guests of the resort only! For more info,
visit our page for the resort, with direct link to their website by clicking here.
The Champion Course(home to the PGA Honda Classic), Squire, General and Haig courses are all on resort property and are serviced by the same
beautiful clubhouse, which includes a nicely stocked pro shop. There are locker rooms with showers for men and women, and the 19th Hole, Bear Trap Bar
& Grill, plus hall of fame lounge are all accessible. Members also have the luxury of a private locker room with full time attendant. Practice facilities include
three driving ranges plus multiple short game areas and putting greens. The Golf Digest Academy is also on property, providing a variety of lessons and
clinics, and the PGA of America also calls this resort home.
The Estate Course (Bay Hill Estates) is located about 8 miles away, and features its own clubhouse with snack bar and pro shop, plus beautiful practice
facilities. All five courses have carts with rear weather protectors, and coolers are also standard on the carts at the Estate Course. Guests playing any of
the other four courses can fill up with complimentary ice and water at the clubhouse station on resort property. Tees and towels are also provided. On
course yardage markers are positioned on the fairways and cart paths at 100, 150 and 200 yards, with 150 stakes also present on all par fours and fives.
Each tee box has yardages plates, and color coded flags on the greens indicate the front, middle or back pin placements. Sprinkler heads on all courses
(except the Estate Course) are also marked to the center of the green.
The General Course
The photos in this review are of the General Course - an Arnold Palmer design that has been dedicated in his name (in 1981) to honor the integrity and
leadership that Mr. Palmer has brought to the game of golf. This beautiful layout features moguled fairway and greenside mounding with small, raised
mildly undulating green complexes. The 5th and 13th holes are two of the more beautiful par threes on property, and the par four seventh is also
memorable with its rock retaining wall fronting a gorgeous green complex.
The layout features numerous marsh areas and water hazards that come into play on 16 of the holes, along with 45 strategically placed sand bunkers.
There are three sets of tee areas that play to distances and slopes measuring 6768 yards/134 slope, 6224 yards/128 slope for men and 145 for women,
and 5327 yards with a slope of 125 for ladies playing from the forward tees.
This is a challenging yet fun layout, with plentiful waterfowl and native wildlife occupying the many natural areas - for your viewing pleasure! For more info,
visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.