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The Champion course.
Fazio by Tom Fazio II, giving it a more modern layout and upping
the total green by 70 percent.
While golf is highly celebrated here, there are other ways to
see the greens, like cocktails al fresco at Bar 91 with a ﬁre pit
overlooking the courses. And for ﬁrst-time golfers or those looking
to improve, the resort offers two onsite golf schools.
"Some hidden gems that people don't realize is you could come
here to learn how to play golf from two different golf schools on
site," Cantor says. "So if you want to be active, we have it all, or
if you want to just relax and recharge your batteries, we have
We met up with a pro instructor at the David Leadbetter Golf
Academy who also happens to teach many golf pros who pass
through PGA National. It was our ﬁrst time trying our hand at golf;
When it comes to golﬁng in Florida, there's no lack of competition
throughout the state at championship-grade golf courses constantly the clinic was not only helpful for newbies, but our more
experienced friends also learned a thing or two. The instructor
stepping up their game.
went over everything from proper posture to grip and videotaped
Last fall, we spent a weekend at the recently renovated PGA
our swings, so we could see for ourselves how we were improving
National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens-known for its
Championship Course and host to the PGA TOUR Honda Classic- throughout the day (and how we could improve for the next time).
and experienced its 90 holes of golf both on and off the green.
"For an athletic-type person or golf lover, PGA National Resort &
Spa is really a sportsmen retreat like no other. I always call it heaven During our stay, we settled into a deluxe jr. suite overlooking the
for golfers or the equivalent of Disney World for golf lovers," says
spa pool and golf course. Our corner suite was spacious, yet cozy
Karen Cantor, public relations manager, PGA National. "Ideally, once with a sofa, sitting area and terrace perfect for watching the golfers
you arrive here you really don't need to leave the property as it
practicing on the course. Travelers who want to step things up a
offers everything a traveler could need with plenty to do."
notch should opt for the PGA Suite, with three balconies, views of
the Fazio driving range, and a billiard table in the living room, ideal
for in-room entertaining. And if all this makes it sound like a boys'
retreat, think again. The two Spa Suites feature an in-room
"There is quite a nature element to this destination [Palm Beach],
treatment area with a leather massage table and aren't far from
as well as the luxury element we're known for. And even if you're
the spa itself: perfect for a girls' golf & spa getaway.
not a golf fan, just to ride around in a cart with a friend, you've
With over 100 treatments, the destination spa is deﬁnitely a great
got the most beautiful sites, just being out on the courses," says
way to spend the day and we took full advantage. Treatments are
Carli Smith, director of public relations and communications, Palm
inspired by destinations around the globe, but the 75-minute Plush
Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "There's a
Papaya treatment we received was actually inspired by this tropical
variety of things to do from golf, beach-the typical things you
destination and included a deliciously smelling papaya-pineapple
would think of when you think of South Florida-but we also have
body scrub followed by a Swedish massage. After the treatment,
the Florida Everglades within our destination."
Just 20 minutes from Worth Avenue and glamorous Palm Beach, we indulged in the "do nothing" resort life mentality and spent the
afternoon lounging in the outdoor mineral pools with salts hailing
the 379-room, four-diamond PGA National Resort feels like a
from the Dead Sea and Pyrenees Mountains of France.
tucked-away retreat with everything you could possibly need at
Rates start at $299 in high season and $199 in low season. ●
your ﬁngertips: nine restaurants and lounges, 19 tennis courts,
a 40,000-sq.-ft. European spa, outdoor mineral pools, and ﬁve
tournament-ready golf courses that steal the show.
Archived related articles (available on recommend.com/magazine/
The courses, designed by golf masters Jack Nicklaus, Arnold
Palmer, George and Tom Fazio, and Karl Litten, offer a variety of
Top Golf Resorts: United States (May 2013)
layouts and challenges, especially The Champion with its famous
Resort & Spa
three holes forming the Bear Trap. During the $100 million renovation in 2012, The Haig course was updated and reinvented as The
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