Usually, during our yearly family trip to South Florida, while visiting my parents, we like to go away for a couple of days just the four of us.
This year I chose PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach. We have passed it many times. I also heard so much about it considering it is the one of the main places for PGA and golf, which is practically the national sport of Florida. So, needless to say, I was super excited that we were able to visit it.
We don’t celebrate Christmas so I thought this would be a good time to visit it and treat ourselves.
Family Fun and Tour of PGA National Resort and Spa
Even though the majority of the activities and events at the resort are golf oriented, it was great to see how many family things they had going on as well.
A Quick Overview of the Resort
The room – It was huge, which I wasn’t expecting. It had a huge living and dining area, plus a balcony. It also had two queen size beds.
In Room Services – I loved that there was room service even late into the evening. We were too lazy to get up from your cozy couch.
The Lobby – I normally don’t pay much attention to hotel lobbies, I just walk through them. But in this case we ended up enjoying this hotels lobby a lot. For Christmas Eve they had Carolers, something I had never seen before so lounging around while listening to them was a fun treat for me as well as the kids.
Pool Time – This is always the best part of the hotel for my boys. It is open from early morning to around 10 pm. We stayed there almost all day. Plus, I was able to enjoy some live music while the boys played in the water.
Restaurants of PGA National Resort
The hotel has a few restaurants. We were only able to visit two of them.
Palm Terrace – This is where the breakfast buffet is held.
The best part was that Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were visiting the day we were there. They were there taking photos with the kids. It was very entertaining, especially when the magic tricks started.
Waves Restaurant – This is the one by the pool and is open mainly for lunch. They had a lunch buffet – BBQ style going on. I even tried (and finished) one of their bucket Mojitos.
The Spa – This is one of the resort’s main attractions and it is open to the public and is huge. This is a 40,000 square feet place filled with goodness.
In this place over 150 treatments are offered ranging from massages, manicures, hair salon, pedicures and so much more. They even have an adult only area for swimming and enjoying tranquility.
Health and Racquetball and Tennis Club – The tennis court here is almost as famous as their golf. The hotel also has a full gym for visitors and another one just for personal trainers. .
Golf at PGA National Resort
This is what truly makes PGA stand out. It is home to the Honda Classic tournament and the courses here are world class.
History of PGA Resort and Golf Course
• PGA opened their first course in 1981.
• It hosted the Ryder Cup in 1983.
• During the 1987 PGA Championship – Larry Nelson won his second PGA Championship.
• Between 1982 and 2000 PGA National Resort & Spa has hosted some of golf’s most memorable moments, many of which happened during Senior PGA Championships.
The Honda Classic – It was founded in 1972 as the Jackie Gleason’s Classic and takes place every march. After years of moving from course to course, the tournament found its home in 2007 on PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion course.
Golf Academy – The PGA National Golf Academy ranks as one of the top golf schools in Florida. It was established with the help of David Leadbetter, Dave Pelz, a staff of PGA-certified pros and a TOUR-level Club Fitting Lab.
The Golf Courses
The Champion – This is the toughest course at PGA and home of the Honda Classic. It was re-designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1990 and has five sets of tees to make the course more playable for golfers of all levels.
The Palmer – It got its name after its designer, Arnold Palmer. This is known as one of the more forgiving courses at PGA and offers a 18th hole with the most scenic views on the property.
The Fazio (formerly known as The Haig) – The Fazio is PGA’s original 18-hole course that opened in 1980. It was designed by George and Tom Fazio in tribute to five-time PGA champion Walter Hagen.
The Squire – It was named after Gene Sarazen, the first golfer ever to win the professional Grand Slam. This course requires a lot of accuracy and precision. The Squire is the shortest and most exacting of the courses at PGA. The 5th hole runs along part of a wilderness preserve.
The Estates – This is a mix of challenging and docile holes. It is set up so anyone with any skill level can play it
Information for Visiting PGA National Resort
Address: 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Phone: (800) 863-2819
Price Range – $160 to $480 for Double occupancy