PGA National Golf Club

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PGA National Golf Club
Club information
Location Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.
Established 1980, 37 years ago
Type Public
Owned by Walton Street Capital
Operated by Century Golf Partners
Total holes 90
Tournaments hosted The Honda Classic
(2007-present)
Senior PGA Championship
(1982-2000)
1987 PGA Championship
1983 Ryder Cup
Website pgaresort.com
The Champion
Designed by George & Tom Fazio
redesign: Jack Nicklaus
Par 72
Length 7,048 yards (6,445 m)
Course rating 75.2
Slope rating 148 [1]
The Fazio (formerly The Haig)
Designed by George & Tom Fazio
redesign: Tom Fazio II
Par 72
Length 6,806 yards (6,223 m)
Course rating 73.4
The Squire
Designed by George & Tom Fazio
Par 72
Length 6,465 yards (5,912 m)
Course rating 72.1
Slope rating 140
The Palmer
Designed by Arnold Palmer
Par 72
Length 7,079 yards (6,473 m)
Course rating 74.6
Slope rating 141
PGA National  is located in the US
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Location in the United States
PGA National  is located in Florida
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Location in Florida

PGA National Golf Club, the home of the Professional Golfers' Association of America, is in the southeastern United States, located at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The golf facilities include five championship 18-hole courses, four within the main resort ground and another five miles (8 km) west.[2] The resort was acquired in August 2006 by Century Golf Partners in conjunction with Walton Street Capital, LLC and SCS Advisors, Inc.[3]

Courses[edit]

  • The Champion - The Champion course opened in 1981 on November 17. It was the site of the Ryder Cup in 1983, the PGA Championship in 1987 (won by Larry Nelson), and the Senior PGA Championship for 19 years, from 1982–2000. The course underwent a $4 million renovation in December 2002 and became the home of The Honda Classic on the PGA Tour in 2007.[4] The tough three hole stretch of the par-3 15th, par-4 16th, and par-3 17th holes is known as "The Bear Trap," named after Jack Nicklaus, who is nicknamed the Golden Bear and redesigned the course.[5]
  • The Fazio - Originally the Haig Course, named for golfing great Walter Hagen. It was the first course opened for play at PGA National Resort, on March 4, 1980, then was renovated and renamed the Fazio upon opening in November, 2012.
  • The Squire - The Squire is named after Gene Sarazen, the first golfer ever to win the professional Grand Slam. It opened on October 30, 1981.
  • The Palmer - The Palmer, named for golf legend and course designer Arnold Palmer, was the last of the original four courses built at PGA National, opening on February 28, 1984.
  • The Estate - The Estate originally opened in November 1984 as Stonewall Golf Club, and has been part of PGA National since August 28, 1988.

Earlier clubs[edit]

BallenIsles[edit]

The original PGA National Golf Club (1964–1973) in Palm Beach Gardens was nearby to the east and is now the BallenIsles Country Club. The Champions Course (now the East Course at BallenIsles) hosted the PGA Championship in 1971, won by Nicklaus in late February.[6][7] It also was the site of eight consecutive Senior PGA Championships (1966–1973), and the original qualifying school tournaments for the PGA Tour.[8][9]

Dunedin[edit]

An earlier PGA National Golf Club (1944–1962) was on the western side of the state at Dunedin, northwest of Tampa. Designed by noted architect Donald Ross (1872–1948), it opened 90 years ago in 1927 as a municipal course.[10] Acquired by the PGA of America in 1944,[11][12] the course was renamed and hosted the PGA Seniors' Championship for eighteen consecutive years (1945–1962). The PGA of America moved its national offices from Chicago to Dunedin in 1956,[13] then sold its holdings in the course back to the city in 1962 and relocated to eastern Florida in 1965 at Palm Beach Gardens.[12] Now the Dunedin Golf Club, the course was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.[14]

Scorecard[edit]

PGA National Golf Club - The Champion
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black 75.2 / 148 365 437 538 376 171 488 226 427 404 3432 545 450 427 388 465 179 434 172 556 3616 7048
Gold 73.4 / 145 360 419 516 356 152 479 206 401 386 3275 525 425 408 370 442 163 412 161 546 3452 6727
Blue 71.8 / 138 345 393 495 336 138 468 186 381 360 3102 508 395 387 335 420 153 391 155 527 3271 6373
White 69.9 / 129 339 361 480 318 121 453 169 334 342 2917 476 346 377 323 411 143 353 131 507 3067 5984
Handicap Men's 9 11 3 13 17 1 15 7 5 8 4 14 10 12 16 2 18 6
Par 4 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 4 36 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 36 72
Red 71.7 / 136 308 302 424 285 88 378 141 289 311 2526 411 260 293 286 367 110 325 111 456 2619 5145
Handicap Women's 7 5 3 11 17 1 15 13 9 6 14 10 2 4 16 12 18 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Course Rating and Slope Database™: PGA National - The Champion". USGA. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ PGA Resort and Spa - golf courses
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ PGA Resort and Spa - Champion course
  5. ^ https://trugolf.com/news/pga-national-resort/
  6. ^ Loomis, Tom (March 1, 1971). "Jack the giant killer - 2nd PGA falls to Nicklaus". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). p. 15. 
  7. ^ Jenkins, Dan (March 8, 1971). "Dominance of the Smiling Bear". Sports Illustrated. p. 22. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1971 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Club history". BallenIsles Country Club. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ Rosenfeld, Jeffrey (January 14, 2012). "Historic Local Golf Course Set to Celebrate 85th Anniversary". Patch.com. (Dunedin, Florida). Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ "History 1940-1949". PGA of America. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "History 1960-1969". PGA of America. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  13. ^ "History 1950-1959". PGA of America. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  14. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings: Weekly List". National Park Service. June 13, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 26°49′44″N 80°08′28″W / 26.829°N 80.141°W / 26.829; -80.141