Famous Jack Nicklaus Design reopens September 2 after major bunker renewal
(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation, culinary, events and spa destination – announces that its famous Champion Course will reopen for guests and members of the complex on September 2 after an extensive bunker renovation on the layout designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Led by Nicklaus Design, construction over the summer saw all bunkers on the Champion Course rebuilt or removed to ensure the best in playability and strategy. The Champion’s Bunkers make up more than two acres of the famous 18, which hosts the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic every year. Bunkers now feature new underground drainage, “Better Billy Bunker” liners, and eye-catching G-Angle sand.
In addition to the impressive bunker renovation, the Champion course now features a major overhaul of its cart paths as well as new grass throughout. The upgrades join the stunning results of the resort’s recent $100 million transformation touching nearly every aspect of the legendary South Florida destination. The extraordinary 99 holes of golf at the PGA National Resort also now feature two bold and innovative new courses designed by Andy Staples which both opened in 2021 to rave reviews, The Match and The Staple courses.
The mighty Champion Course with its famous “Bear Trap” has long been feared and revered as one of the most challenging in the game. Resort guests can try tackling the Champion Course this fall by taking advantage of the popular Gold Golf Package with rates starting at $560 (per person, per night, based on double occupancy).
Exceptional stay and play are enhanced by luxury accommodations with private balconies or terraces; take-out breakfast each morning; one round of golf per day at The Fazio, The Match or The Estate courses, plus rounds at The Champion Course and The Palmer Course available for an additional fee; unlimited storage of golf balls/bags; and free access to the resort’s state-of-the-art sports and racquet club.
“With Nicklaus Design’s exciting work completed, our famous Champion course is now better than ever,” said Jane Broderick, Golf Director. “We invite you to visit us and play our “bucket list” Champion course, our new Match and Staple courses, and savor our world-class accommodations and amenities that few golf destinations can match. “
Additionally, as part of this substantial investment, the resort has launched six new culinary concepts featuring iconic restaurants, including James Beard Award nominee and Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford and multiple-nominated Lindsay Autry. at the James Beard Award. Guests can enjoy a new upscale chocolatier, ice cream shop, brand new kids’ club and reimagined 40,000 square foot spa, some of the latest offerings from PGA National Resort.
A dream location for golf enthusiasts, the PGA National Resort offers extraordinary lessons at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Dave Pelz Scoring Game School and Full Process Golf – the world’s first science-based training system and statistics for golf improvement – located at its offsite Real Estate Course. The PGA National Resort also offers state-of-the-art club equipment.
For more information about PGA National Resort: visit www.pgaresort.com or call 800.863.2819.
About PGA National Resort
Located in the gardens of Palm Beach, South Florida, the PGA National Resort is a legendary golf, vacation, dining, events and spa destination. The resort recently underwent a stunning $100 million capital investment revitalization resulting in a dramatic transformation affecting every aspect of the famed property.
Few golf courses have such a rich pedigree as the resort’s famous Champion Course. His acclaimed resume includes hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship and two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. Currently it hosts The Honda Classic – a hugely popular stop on the PGA TOUR’s “Florida Swing”. The layout is best known for its famous “Bear Trap” – a demanding series of three holes that many consider to be the toughest stretch in the game.
As part of the inspiring reimagining, this famous South Florida destination has added two bold and innovative new Andy Staples-designed layouts for 2021: The Match (18 holes) and The Staple (nine holes). The Match features some of the most innovative concepts in modern golf design while encouraging “match” versus “stroke” play.
The Staple is an exuberant version of modern par 3 courses where fun is paramount. With The Champion, they join the property’s famous 18 “traditional” courses – The Palmer, The Fazio and The Estate – for an extraordinary 99 holes of golf.
An industry leader in golf instruction, PGA National has partnered with top American golf schools including the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Dave Pelz Scoring Game School and the premier golf training facility based in scientific and statistical data, Full Process Golf. PGA National also offers state-of-the-art club equipment.
The PGA National Resort also features a state-of-the-art sports and racquet club as well as an exclusive membership club, all in the heart of a luxurious resort community. The property is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Additionally, as part of this substantial investment, the resort will launch six new culinary concepts featuring iconic restaurants, including James Beard Award nominee and Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford and multiple award-winning Lindsay Autry. James Beard Award. The two “Top Chefs” will spearhead the major culinary offerings. Guests will also enjoy a new upscale chocolatier, ice cream shop, and an all-new “Kids Club” experience, to name just a few of the new offerings at the PGA National Resort.