I bet you didn’t know about this place. It’s true, the PGA Golf Club is a resort golfers might not know, but one that definitely needs to be on their travel radar. Especially when you consider the fact that the resorts boasts not one, not two, but four of the finest golf courses in Florida and, that after a series of renovations that has the south Florida resort in the best shape ever. Add that it’s one of only a handful of resorts in the country that can claim two of its courses on several national “best of” lists, and it’s easy to see why PGA Golf Club is a “must visit” this upcoming fall or winter.
Wow! So, when I say the "PGA Golf Club Has the Course You’ve Been Dye-ing to Play," I mean it.
Start with PGA Golf Club’s iconic Dye Course which is set to re-open in late November following a complete re-grassing project. Designed by the game’s most creative architect, Pete Dye, the links-style layout now features Celebration Bermuda, a modern strain lauded for its durability and striking hue. Additionally, all 18 greens have been re-grassed with Tifeagle, an Ultra dwarf Bermuda variety praised for improving green speeds, consistent smoothness and superior color retention. What that means is, no matter the time of year golfers tee it up on the Dye, the course is going to look and play amazing.
Also adding to the buzz, the greens were expanded to their original sizes when the course opened in 2000, which will reveal pin placements that players have not seen in years (not to mention more square-footage to help pad your green-in-regulation stats).
“Mother Nature takes a toll on a golf course; this comprehensive project has corrected altered surfaces due to years of top dressing and in turn restored the greens to Pete Dye’s original vision and intent,” says Dick Gray, PGA Golf Club head superintendent. “The new-age, genetically modified grasses will reduce maintenance needs, increase labor efficiency and provide consistent playing surfaces for years to come.”
Golf Course Options
In addition to the Dye, PGA Golf Club is home to three other distinct, world-class golf courses designed by esteemed architects Tom Fazio and Jim Fazio. The Wanamaker Course is hailed as one of the Sunshine State’s most picturesque layouts. With classic Floridian flair, the beloved course also recently underwent an extensive re-grassing and renovation project which vaulted it five spots to No. 16 in Golfweek magazine’s 2016 “Best Courses You Can Play” by state list. (The Dye is close behind, coming in at No.
27, though its position will surely improve following its enhancement).
The Ryder Course, named after Samuel Ryder (the namesake and founder of the Ryder Cup) presents a more Carolinas-style feel. Rolling hills, majestically towering pines, and water hazards usher golfers of all skill levels to unforgettable experiences. Rounding out the foursome is the nearby St. Lucie Trail Golf Club; with its unique Florida flavor guests are treated to a masterful mix of challenging and forgiving par 3s, 4s, and 5s.
And if this all sounds good, wait until you hear about current packages and promotions. In partnering with Golfpac, a trusted golf vacation provider, PGA Golf Club is offering exclusive packages perfect for all budgets. One- to five-night stays at the PGA of America’s flagship facility are now one simple click away.
The highly popular “Fantastic Four at PGA Village” provides everything the resort has to offer. Starting at $396 per person, it includes three nights’ accommodations in a 2-bedroom unit at Perfect Drive Vacation Rentals and four rounds of golf on the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club and Dye, Ryder and Wanamaker courses. That’s less than $100 a day to play courses designed by golf’s best minds.
If you’re looking for something shorter, PGA Golf Club is offering a “Two-Night PGA Getaway” starting at $216 per person. This convenient escape includes two nights’ stay and two rounds of golf on the courses of your choosing. And if a week sounds more to your liking, PGA Golf Club has you covered too; the “Perfect Drive Vacation Rentals” starts at $615 per person and includes five nights and five rounds of golf. With deals like these, Florida’s best-kept-secret won’t be a secret for very long.
Also be sure to check out PGA Golf Club’s modernized 20,000-square-foot clubhouse. Not only is home to a fun pub serving great hamburgers and more, its on-site “PGA Gallery” displays several golf artifacts including the original Wanamaker Trophy.
For more information visit the PGA Village Website or call 800.800.GOLF (4653).