The Champion Course at PGA National


5-star : simply the best - golf courses don’t get much better than this.
   The Champion Course at PGA National Est. 1981

Photos The Champion Course at PGA National

The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
Where2Golf says: 

The Champion Course at PGA National: Designed by Tom and George Fazio, the Champion course was originally dedicated to Jack Nicklaus, and subsequently redesigned by him. This is the most celebrated of the five 18-hole layouts here at PGA National. It's also home to the Honda Classic and the infamous "Bear Trap".

Like another high-profile PGA Tour venue on Florida's east coast (the Blue Monster at Doral), this wonderfully crafted layout may not at first glance look a menacing test of golf. Much of the terrain is relatively flat and there's not much to look at beyond the course perimeter except for houses, resort condos and holes from the resort's other courses. But don't be fooled by the layout's relaxed demeanour. Once you've fired your first tee-shot at the gently sloping downhill opener, the challenges and considerable charm of these immaculately groomed links quickly assert themselves.

Aside from its excellent conditioning and undoubted challenges, the real joy of the Champion Course lies in its wonderful interplay of gently rolling fairways, many small reed-lined lakes, excellent bunkering, and elegant stands of pines and prodigiously tall palms that break-up the layout's innate openness. By the time you reach the intimidating "Bear Trap" (the seriously water-protected par-3 15th, par-4 16th and par-3 17th) your game may already have been given a bit of a mauling.

If you get through the "Bear Trap" with scorecard relatively intact, beware the Champion's closing hole. This good-length par-5 is tightly flanked on the right by PGA National's largest lake; a threatening line of bunkers guards the hole's leftside ... a closing hole that provides a wonderfully scenic finale to a really testing and enjoyable golf course.

List of courses in Florida - South East

Map of courses in Florida - South East
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses

Making Contact

PGA National Resort & Spa
400 Ave of Champions,
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida FL 33418
USA
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
Office   +1 (800) 863 2819
Pro Shop   +1 (561) 627 2000
Fax

 

Email  
Website   www.pgaresort.com
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
Golf Pro
 
Jane Broderick (Director of Golf Operations)
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
Academy
 
The PGA National Golf Academy, combining a Dave Pelz Scoring Game School and David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses

About the course

The course: 18 holes. Open parkland.
Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
 
Surroundings: Residential and lakes.
 
Designer: Originally designed by uncle/nephew team of George and Tom Fazio (1981); later improvements by Jack Nicklaus (mid-1990s and 2014).
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7045 5984 5145
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75.2 69.9 71.7
 
At the Same Location:
The five 18-hole par-72 golf courses at PGA National are: CHAMPION course (7,045 yds from back tees); FAZIO course (7,050 yds; originally The Haig); PALMER course (7,079 yds; originally The General); SQUIRE course (6,447 yds). Located 8 miles west of the main PGA National clubhouse is the ESTATES course (6,694 yds).
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses

How2Get There?

8 miles NW of West Palm Beach

Essential information

Green Fees:
2017 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (Jan thru' April): $417 (all days); golf cart & taxes included. [Contact resort for full details, discounts, resort guest rates and Stay&Play packages]. Credit cards accepted.
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
Other Information
Walking with caddies permitted; otherwise golf carts compulsory for visitors.
Caddies available at all times.
Practice facilities
Excellent
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses

Did you know?

PGA National's Champion Course has hosted numerous top level tournaments, including the Ryder Cup (1983), US PGA Championship (1987), US Senior PGA Championship (1982-2000), the PGA Tour's Honda Classic and many more events besides (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >PGA National).

The original PGA National Golf Club, which existed between 1964 and 1973, is now called BallenIsles Country Club, and is located just across the Florida Turnpike Hwy, east of the present day PGA National Resort & Spa. The former PGA National Golf Club also hosted many top level tournaments on its Champions course (now called the East course). These tournaments included the 1971 US PGA Championship, 1971 World Cup of Golf and the US Senior PGA Championship (1966-73).

The Golf Guide to the Top Courses

Location

The Golf Guide to the Top Courses

Click to enlarge Google map

Latitude: (26.825767)
Longitude: (-80.143022)
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses

Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

PGA National Resort & Spa AAA 4-Diamond
400 Ave of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418.
+1 (800) 863 2819
www.pgaresort.com

The PGA Resort & Spa offers 90-holes of championship golf, top-level golf instruction and fabulous practice facilities. In addition there are 379 very comfortable guest rooms, a full-service European spa, 19 tennis courts and a range of seven restaurants and bars. Juno Beach is 16 minutes' drive from PGA National, while The Gardens Mall is just 12 minutes away.

Golf at this hotel PGA National (Champion, Fazio, Palmer and Squire courses).
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
Golf within 5 miles PGA National (Estates course)
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
Golf within 20 miles North Palm Beach; Breakers (Rees Jones and Ocean courses); Abacoa; Okeeheele; Seminole (private).
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
Only golf courses featured in Where2Golf.com are mentioned above.
The Golf Guide to the Top Courses
Where2Golf.com 5
 

Find a course

Tip: to find a course quickly, type the first few characters of the course name
Golf course location on a golf map
 
Search this site
 

Newsletter

Not signed up yet?

Register now
 

Share us on


   Follow us on FB     follow us on Twitter
 

 
-
 
Where2Golf latest updates

Courses:

Muirfield – after 273 years, the Honourable Society of Edinburgh Golfers does the honourable thing and opens its doors to women members.
Augusta National  – prepares for The Masters Tournament, the first men’s major championship of 2017 (Apr 6-9). Following their historic decision in 2012, three of the Club’s members (1%) are now women.

Tournaments:
WGC - Championship (Mar 22-26): second WGC event of 2017 sees the world’s top male players do battle in match play format for the Walter Hagen Cup.
ANA Inspiration  (Mar 30-Apr 2): world’s top women golfers prepare for the season’s first major championship. Lydia Ko defends.

Who's Who: 
Dustin Johnson - After winning the Genesis Open, DJ became the world’s No.1 male golfer. Jason Day had previously held the honour for 47 weeks.
Lydia Ko – Still the world’s No.1 woman golfer, and no sign of relinquishing that title after 71 weeks at the top.


  
 
 
    Augusta National GC, USA
The Masters Tournament (81st)
  2017 defending champion  Danny Willett 


Where2Golf.com Mobile