PGA National Resort & Spa

400 Ave of Champions,

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida FL 33418

  • Office

    +1 (800) 863 2819
  • Pro shop

    +1 (561) 627 2000
  • Golf pro

    Jane Broderick (Director of Golf Operations)
  • Academy

    The PGA National Golf Academy, combining a Dave Pelz Scoring Game School and David Leadbetter Golf Academy.

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Open parkland. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential and lakes.

  • Designer:

    Original design by uncle/nephew team of George and Tom Fazio (1981). Substantial redesign by Jack Nicklaus (mid-1990s and 2014).

SSS or slope

At the same location:

The five 18-hole golf courses at PGA National are: Champion course (par-72; 7,045 yds from back tees); Fazio course (par-72; 7,050 yds; originally The Haig); Palmer course (par-72; 7,079 yds; originally The General course); Match course (par-72; 6,447 yds; originally The Squire course). Located 8 miles west of the main PGA National clubhouse is the Estate course (par-72; 6,694 yds). Also at PGA National is the nine-hole Par-3 Staple course (par-27).






How to get there:

8 miles NW of West Palm Beach

The Champion Course at PGA National

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 1981

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.

Stay&Play: luxury onsite accommodation is available at PGA National (see Where2Stay section below).

List of courses: Florida - South East


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Contact Club/Resort for information about golf rates; not published on Club's website.

Other information

Walking with caddies permitted; otherwise golf carts compulsory for visitors. Caddies available at all times.

Practice facilities


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).

Published ranking

Florida's 38th best course (Golf Digest, 2023/24).


  • PGA National Resort & SpaAAA 4-Diamond

    400 Ave of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418.

    +1 (800) 863 2819

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    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 Match courses).

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      PGA National (Estate course)

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      North Palm Beach; Breakers (Rees Jones and Ocean courses); Abacoa; Okeeheele; Seminole (private).

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