The PGA National Resort and Spa is the centerpiece of the PGA National community. The resort features 339 hotel rooms, five (5) championship golf courses, a resort-style pool, six restaurants and lounges, a 40,000 square foot award winning spa, a 33,000 square foot sports & racquet club with tennis center, more than 30,000 square feet of conference & event space and a private members club.
The PGA Resort hosted the 1983 Ryder Cup, was home to the Senior PGA Championship from 1982 to 2000, and has been the host to The Honda Classic PGA golf tournament since 2007.
As of 2021 – 2021, the resort is currently undergoing an expansive $100 million transformation which includes renovations to the hotel rooms, upgrades to the clubhouse and the spa facilities.
About The PGA National Resort
The hotel itself has 339 rooms ranging from traditional guest rooms to a variety of different suites. There is a very unique offering called “Media Suites” which are 450+/- square foot one-bedroom suites with two side-by-side HD televisions and recliner type chairs. These suites are perfect for watching the big game or hosting a small gathering. Vacation home rentals including villas and club cottages are also available.
Not only for members & resort guests but also open to the public including PGA National residents, there are numerous dining options at the resort which include:
- Ironwood Steak & Seafood
- Palm Terrace
- Bar 91
- Waters of the World Cafe
- Wave Bar & Grille
- Cafe Pronto
- Room Service (resort guests only)
- Members Dining Room (members only)
The resort has a number of meeting and event venues that ranges in size from less than 200 square feet to approximately 10,000 square feet and can accommodate groups over 1,000 in size. There is both indoor and outdoor space which is well suited for meetings, conventions, weddings and parties.
Hotel rates at the PGA National Resort and Spa vary depending on the room type as well as the time of the year. Rates typically are around $200 per night during the summer months and can easily exceed $350 to $400 per night during peak winter season.
The PGA National Sports & Racquet Club
The resorts 33,000 square foot sports and racquet club recently underwent a $4 million renovation. This facility is only available to members & resort guests and features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, numerous training rooms with over 70 classes per week, a spin cycle room, five-lane saltwater lap pool and an indoor racquetball / volleyball court.
There are also 18 Har-Tru tennis courts (11 lighted for night play), a full size hard court and two pickle/paddle ball courts.
The Spa at PGA National
The Spa at PGA National is an award winning, full service spa and salon that offers more than 100 different services. The spa’s most unique feature is the “Waters of the World” pools. These two outdoor mineral pools with salts from Isreal’s Dead Sea and the Salies de Bearn.
At this time the Spa is closed for renovations and is anticipated to reopen in early 2022.
PGA National Golf Courses
Is it possible to play six of the top golf courses in Florida at just one location? Yes it is – however, the Estate Course is a few miles down the road.
Members and resort guests enjoy playing these following six courses:
- The Champion
- The Palmer
- The Fazio
- The Estate
- The Staple
- The Match
The Champion Course
Designed for tournament play by Tom and George Fazio the Champion was last renovated in 2014 and currently hosts The Honda Classic PGA Tournament. This par-72 course is home to the three-hole Jack Nicklaus designed “Bear Trap” which according to many experts is one of the “toughest stretches in golf”. The “Champ” plays 7,045 yards from the black tees, has a rating of 75.2 and a slope of 148.
The Palmer (formerly known as The General) is named after Arnold Palmer who originally designed this course. This par 72-course plays 7,079 yards from the black tees, has a rating of 74.6 and a slope of 141.
Formerly known as “The Haig” course after five-time PGA champion Walter Hagen, The Fazio is a par-72 course that was originally designed by Tom and George Fazio. This course plays 7,050 yards from the black tees, has a rating of 74.5 and a slope of 139.
The Estate course is located off-site in the nearby Bay Hill Estates community. Designed by Karl Litten, this course plays 6,694 yards from the black tees, has a rating of 73.1 and a slope of 134.
In addition to the course there are two driving ranges with practice greens. There is also the PGA National Golf Academy which is one of the top golf schools in the state of Florida.
Recently opened in 2021, this new 9-home course is a re-imagined version of a traditional par 3. Designed and built for maximum fun, The Staple was created from two individual holes from the old Squire course. The course has a figure-8 configuration with crossing holes of 2/3 and 7/8.
This course is perfect for “social” golfers with outdoor seating, firepits and a cafe / bar area.
Opening for match play on September 10, 2021, this course will not have typical scorecards. The Match is an 18-hole course that is designed for “match” type of play including best ball, skins and foursomes.
This course is perfect for those who like to play fast as rounds will take less than 3 hours from start to finish.
PGA National Members Club
If the resort lifestyle is for you, then look no further as the PGA National Members Club is a perfect fit. The PGA National Members Club provides not only a full array of country club privileges but also access to one of South Florida most popular resorts. There are a number of membership options to fit any lifestyle.
- Full Privilege Membership
- Sports Membership
- Fit & Social Membership
The club is a part of the “Club Benefits / Signature Gold” program which provides for its members to have access to more than 300 private clubs throughout the country at no additional cost. This allows for the full use of the participating club facilities including golf, dining and sports / tennis.
There is a separate members club facility adjacent to the resort pro shop which has private dining facilities, men’s & women’s locker rooms and a card room.
The Honda Classic
The PGA National Resort & Spa has been home to The Honda Class PGA tournament since 2007. Hosted on the “Champion” golf course (Par 70; 7,110 yards), this annual event typically takes place in February / March and draws more than 200,000 attendees during the four-day tournament.
For 2022, the event will be held from February 21st to February 27th and will have a $8.0 million purse. It is anticipated that 144 players will make up the field.
Prior year Honda Classic Winners include:
- Matt Jones (2021)
- Sungjae Im (2020)
- Keith Mitchell (2019)
- Justin Thomas (2018)
- Rickie Fowler (2017)
- Adam Scott (2016)
- Padraig Harrington (2015)
PGA National Neighborhood Communities
PGA National features more than 40 neighborhood communities consisting of approximately 5,000 individual homes. A large portion of the homes at PGA National have spectacular golf course, lake or preserve views.
The community is very well located just west of the Florida Turnpike with entrances along PGA Boulevard and Northlake Boulevard. Shopping, local area schools and some of the areas best beaches are just a short distance away.
Amenities are extensive at PGA National. There are four security gates for the community as a whole and there is are roving security vehicles that are constantly on patrol. PGA National features a number of parks and recreation areas for residents to enjoy. Additionally, several neighborhoods have amenities including community pools and playgrounds.
Individual neighborhoods vary from small cottages and villas to expansive estate homes. Prices start from the $300,000 and exceed $1 million for the larger estate properties. Club membership is not a requirement to live in PGA National which makes it unique to the area.