400 Ave. of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418, US
(800) 863-2819
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About PGA National Resort & Spa

Golf fans know PGA National particularly for the Champion Course, the extremely challenging host of the PGA Tour's Honda Classic. But PGA National has far more to offer, too: four other, tamer golf courses plus an ever-improving lodging and dining complement, including the excellent Ironwood Steakhouse just off the resort's main lobby.

Facts

Price Range$$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres2000
Year Opened1981
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual, Buffet
Room TypesRoom, Suite
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?Yes

Golf courses at PGA National Resort & Spa

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Reviews 141
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hidden gem

This course is one of six golfing options that PGA national has to offer, with the exception that this one is not on the same premises as the other five. So far I've played in 4 out of the 6 courses, and I would rank them in the following order: 1) Champ, 2) Palmer, 3) Estates (real close to 2nd place with Palmer) and 4) Fazio (just meh). On to the review...This course would tie with Palmer if it shared the same facilities. The course is in excellent condition and has great practice facilities with a driving range and chipping and putting greens. Practice balls are included with the green fee. The pace of play was phenomenal, I got the rare and lucky chance to play by myself which made the round soooo much better than being paired with a bunch of randos. The course is in excellent shape tee to green. The greens rolled pretty fast and true, and are deceivingly tricky. Some of the holes, especially the signature holes were quite difficult, so you must bring your A-game. Playing from the whites, especially for not a long hitter like me, presented itself to be difficult enough. Although the course plays tough, it also plays fair, unlike the champ which is just punishing is some holes (such as the bear trap). I can't wait to return and try to beat my 89, which was not easy to get.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 141
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Now I know what the pros feel like

This is a tough course, designed in a way to be really punishing in the last 4 finishing holes as you can get really strong headwinds on holes with lots of water, with greens that are not very forgiving. The greens are deceivingly tricky, they roll pretty fast and are hard to read the breaks. I was in a scramble, and we could not drain most of our putts to save our lives. I would love to come back and play this course on my own and I expect it will eat my lunch. The price point to play is a little high though considering you could play at much much nicer and prettier courses in the area, like North Palm Beach and Sand Hill Crane. However, if you want to get a taste of what the pro's have to deal with, give the Champions a try.

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 141
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great track!

At the time I made this review, golfadvisor gave this course 2.4 stars, which is pretty mind boggling because this IMHO this is a 5-star course. The resort and facilities are going through major upgrades, but it doesn't take away from my round or how good of a shape the Palmer course was in. I used the SFPGA golf pass deal which is $55 for a round. The driving range is pretty nice, you could only hit from the mats, but the mats are pretty nice and fluffy. The course was in excellent shape, and although it is surrounded by housing, it has more of a resort style feel than the Fazio course. Also, Palmer has a nicer design over the Fazio, and it's quite challenging, no matter what tees you play from. Follow the hole-by-hole tips on the website, I felt they helped me tremendously, so much to the point that I was able to break 90. I was surprised how green and lush the course was despite the lack of rain we've gotten this summer. The greens although they weren't super fast, rolled pretty good. The back nine, especially the finishing holes seemed to play a lot harder than the rest, which forces you to stay focused all the way to the end. The 18th hole is gruesome and pretty, very worthy of a finishing hole. I rank the Palmer over the Fazio. Next, I'll try the Estates and Champion courses and come up with my final ranking.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 141
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Not bad at all

The previews reviews on golfadvisor made it seem like this course was atrocious, but it is definitely not the case. Yes it does have a feel of a typical residential Florida course especially in the front 9, but it is not as narrow and it doesn't have as many doglegs as other residential courses. I liked the back 9 a little more as it seemed to be more wide open; more like a resort style course with nice features and mature trees in some of the holes. The one negative was that the greens were punched so most of the putts didn't hold the line or hold the right speed, making it for a pretty frustrating round. I can't wait to try out the other course to see how they compare to Fazio.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pricy

The course was in average condition and the layout was fine, I thought that the course was priced too high for for the experience.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 48
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Good value

The course is away from the PGA resort We we’re able to play as a two and the pace was excellent. The course is in good shape and the greens were firm. Good value for the money

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Peak season prices with off season conditions

The layout was great. As a Palmer Signature course I could really enjoy the layout and the use of water hazards throughout the course.

The conditions were awful. The fairways were burnt out, the rough was bare in many spots and the greens were so inconsistent it was ridiculous.

It looks like the entire property needs refurbishment and update.

If we were charged $50-$60 for the round I would be ok with that. But at $150 I expected a whole lot more.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice greens but don’t think I’d play again

Didn’t really see the appeal for the price. Greens were in good shape and rolled true. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the course more during the winter when the course was drier. (Drives in the fairway we’re plugging never to be seen again.)

Amenities on the course were non existent. No range either.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Really soggy...cart path only

Decent layout forced carries from the blue tees can be nervous with hurting winds...

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

No driving range. Cart path only no beverage cart or clubhouse with food or drinks.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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