(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – fresh off its comprehensive multi-million-dollar revitalization – announces its Jack Nicklaus-designed Champion Course earned an enhanced ranking in Golfweek’s 2017 “Best Resort Courses” list, an annual compilation of America’s finest playing options.
The Champion – home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic since 2007 – ranks No. 72 in the 2017 list, an improvement of four spots from last year’s iteration. Hundreds of Golfweek “best-of” raters review courses throughout the country to identify top courses using criteria ranging from course conditioning to design quality.
“It’s gratifying to see the Champion climb the top 100 resort-course rankings as it critically validates its place among elite golf venues,” says Greg Saunders, PGAN Vice President, Managing Director. “PGA TOUR professionals and amateurs alike love teeing it up on our famed Jack Nicklaus design, and this Golfweek distinction reinforces their good judgment.”
No stranger to accolades, the Champion Course is a main reason why GOLF.com recently ranked the Honda Classic as the 11th best event on the PGA TOUR (out of 47). In addition to immaculate conditions and a challenging layout, the Champion is home to the legendary “Bear Trap.” Holes 15 through 17 comprise what USA TODAY hails as “one of the toughest stretches in golf.”
The Champion is one of five award-winning courses at PGA National Resort & Spa. Legendary architects including Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio and George Fazio designed the entertaining and compelling layouts. Additionally, three world-class golf academies are available for members and guests to take their games to the next level.
For those interested in experiencing PGA National Resort & Spa, the popular Gold Golf Package starts at $279 per person, per night. It includes luxury accommodations with a private balcony or terrace, full breakfast daily in the Palm Terrace, one round of golf daily on the Palmer, Fazio, Squire or Estates courses (surcharge for the Champion) and unlimited range balls. For those wanting more golf, the Escape and Play Unlimited Golf Package also starts at $279 (per person, per night through Jan. 7) and includes accommodations with a balcony or terrace, unlimited daily golf (surcharge for the Champion course), full breakfast in the Palm Terrace and golf cart included in the first round.
For more on PGA National Resort & Spa: www.pgaresort.com, 561.627.2000.
About PGA National Resort & Spa
PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, spa, vacation and meetings destination offering 90 holes of championship golf and the new state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club. The impressive facility features the latest exercise equipment, indoor racquet ball court, three aerobics studios with new sound systems, five-lane saltwater lap pool, spin room with video road mapping, indoor volleyball court, two Pickleball / POP tennis courts, and19 Har Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). PGA National is also home to the new Johan Kriek Tennis Academy, a world-class training facility run by two-time Australian Open champion Johan Kriek. Elite junior- and high-performance programs focus on stroke production, point construction, match play, video analyses, fitness, gym and mental training.
PGA National offers customized suites ideal for weddings, golf “buddy trips” and spa aficionados. Its numerous multi-use settings include a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas; scenic Lakeside Lawn perfect for receptions; iDeck – a new 3,000-square-foot terrace ideal for indoor / outdoor dining and entertaining; “Bar 91” 19th hole bar and grill; 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference and event space; and eight on-site restaurants and lounges including its acclaimed chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood.
The Spa at PGA National is a 40,000-square-foot oasis of tranquility featuring 32 treatment rooms and areas with 100 diverse treatments, the exclusive “Waters of the World” outdoor mineral pools, full-service salon and relaxing lounge areas.
Conveniently located within easy driving distance of major Florida population centers, the AAA Four Diamond resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 90 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA).