PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course

3.0470588235 3.0 stars from 5 (16)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7045 yards
  • Slope: 148
  • Rating: 75.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "PGA National Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7045 yards 75.2 148
Gold 72 6727 yards 73.4 145
Blue 72 6373 yards 71.8 138
White 72 5984 yards 69.9 129
White (W) 72 5984 yards 76.1 153
Green 72 5581 yards 68.5 127
Green (W) 72 5581 yards 73.5 138
Red (W) 72 5145 yards 71.7 136

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.8 stars from 5
Value: 2.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 16 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

14 out of 16 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort   Great for a weekend splurge advanced golfers entertaining clients   Challenges include bunkers plays long water hazards   Great for drinks  

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"Horrible weather made course horrible...but bucket list anyway."


u446789528's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
Walked Wet weather

Reviewed on

The Florida weather destroyed the course. The staff offered many acceptable options but it was a bucket item list for me. So this review is not indicative of anything but bad weather. The entire PGA National experience more than made up for it. Pro shop to service staff....plain awesome!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Felt Like a Pro"


KJsBoyChoi's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played this course over the past weekend and was so excited to tee it up where the pros play every year. We played the middle tees, and it was a good idea as I can see this course being very long, thus the championship caliber. Couldn't ask for a course in better shape and for being the prime track at the resort, there was little to no traffic. Bear Trap is a great experience, though for my money the 18th hole is just as difficult. Finishing the round right in the front of the great facilities at PGA National was a real treat and very special experience. Will definitely be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Champions Course Review"


snyyde's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Extremely challenging and extremely hot outside but a ton of fun. Highly recommend this course. The staff was great, the course was in great shape, etc.

Thanks!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Finally got to play this course IRL"


CoachJim09's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2015
First time playing Played with a group Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

After only experiencing the Champ on TV and in video games, I was excited to finally get the opportunity to play it. It was closed the last time I was down there. I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed. My only complaint was that the greens had recently been punched, but that's going to happen when you play in FL in August. I still managed to mix in a few birdies, which helped ease the pain of the Bear Trap, where for the first time all day we saw 3-club winds in the face.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging"


KentuckyJackson's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is definitely one of the most difficult course I have played. The setup was fair, but there is definitely a premium on the tee ball. Greens had some interesting undulations but were very receptive. The Bear Trap is an exciting stretch of three holes that were a nice balance of scenery and difficulty. I highly recommend trying this course out.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Champions Course was my favorite"


ricoslim's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Was warned that this course was one of the toughest on tour, but I must have been shooting lights out as I thought the Palmer was much harder. Greens were recently punched but the ball still rolled pretty good for the maintenance being as recent as it was. Some nice challenging golf holes and the bear trap did not disappoint. 16 can create a beast of an approach shot with the wind in the face. A great signature course at a great resort.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best I've Played In Florida"


BostonGolfTraveler's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Playing PGA National was a great experience from valet to valet. The pro shop was well run as well as cart set up and the starter was fantastic. We played with a forecaddy who was knowledgeable and entertaining. The course itself was in amazing condition and with the tournament setup in progress it was certainly a different look to play holes with bleachers around them. The Bear Trap was a fun run of three holes with water coming into play which made for three different challenges. I would recommend this course to anyone heading to the Palm Beach area or, like myself, the drive from Miami is worth it to ply this gem. I have played over 250 courses in my life and for me this was a Top 10 course played. Condition was topnotch with fantastic greens and thick rough which made for a true test fo golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"With tweaks, Champion better than ever"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I got to play this course right after it reopened with new Celebration grass on the fairways, tees and collars and a renovated 14th hole by Nicklaus himself. By moving the green closer to the water, the 14th is far more interesting and more importantly away from OB. The new fairways were terrific and the course (which is cart-path only) in great shape. As is, the host of the Honda Classic is solid Florida golf, not too hard for the recreational golfer if he or she plays the right tees. The Bear Trap of 15, 16 and 17, all with carries over water, still a great test.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Soggy Greens"


rpool's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was great. Started as a great day, then the ground crew sprayed an soaked six greens while we were at the tee box. Ball wouldn't roll. if you put your clubs on the ground they became drenched. For just under $200 a person that was ridiculous. I did email the course before sending this review but didn't hear from them.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Packed, Stacked, and 6.5 hours long"


highsierra67's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

The Bear Trap... the Legendary Nicholas course utilized for the Honda Classic. I knew I had to play it. It's a shame that PGA National had to pack a 60 man group in front of me at 8 min cycles and stack up people for an entire day. Rolling an even 9.5 to 10 in the morning and 10 to 11 in the afternoon on the Stimp... Course was great. The challenge was certainly there, but it was a waiting game and lends itself to getting off pace and frustration.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Excellent course"


laurie1bonacci's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

An experience of a life time. Would love to go back. My friends and I enjoyed our round of golf.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Play where the pros play and be prepared for thick roughs"


KatharineDyson's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The Champion

The anticipation of playing The Champion at PGA National, venue for the upcoming Honda Classic, was probably more exciting than the reality purely because it was in tournament-ready condition with high thick rough, lightening greens and tricky pin placements. It was more hard work than the last time I played it. Still it all depends on what tee you’re using and where the pins are. Playing from the tips would make it a much more difficult test with more water in play and more risk and reward holes. It’s not as scenic or as dramatic as other tournament tracks I’ve played and you don’t hit any memorable holes until #9, where a draw around trees and water on left would be a good shot. However when Jack Nicklaus did the redesign in 2002 of the original course by Tom and George Fazio (1981), he created some subtle and interesting challenges in greens as well as his famous “Bear Trap” (holes #15,16,17) including two par 3s over water. Those are fun. The Champion was in very good condition although the staff in the staging area didn’t seem to be up to speed. No towels or tees on the cart and the GPS was a small, basic device that we were told would be replaced after the Honda. Bathrooms on course were likewise sloppy and one was out of order. I would like to give them a pass on this as we were playing close to the tournament, but the guy we were playing with had paid more than $300 and expected more.

Women? You can find a more reasonably priced and prettier course at the resort to play like The Fazio also recently redesigned (Tom Fazio, 2014) but if you want to play where the pros play and plan on watching the Honda, go ahead, pay your money and play from the forward tees at 5,145 yards or step back to the greens at 5,581. You won’t encounter any really long carries and if you take a caddy, you’ll enjoy your day even more.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"This where the pros play the Honda Classic. Very challenging!"


williamru's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall My friends and I had a wonderful time. I was surprised, some of the course was worn down. Maybe from all the summer play. I expected more, because this where they play the Honda Classic.<br/> This is a very challenging course, with strategically placed sand traps and undulating greens. Worth the experience. Thanks Golfnow!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great Course but Under Repair and Slow Play"


u000004516492's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Champion course is one of my favorites and unless you have a membership or stay at the hotel, you can't plat this course. We were thrilled to find the course on Golf Now. The price was excellent relative to even the hotel up charge.

The negative is that the course is redoing traps and especially on the back nine there is a lot of GUR. The greens are in good shape.<br/> As usual at PGA National, the play is slow. Course didn't seem to be marshaled in the pm when we played and we got backed up. Pga should ensure that they match people up. Shouldn't allow singles or twosomes out if they can be matched up at the first tee.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Champion course is under repair."


uBNDC1408BN's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played mid-October 2013 and were surprised that so many holes had grounds under repair. Several bunkers were devoid of sand and newly sodded areas were marked out of play and roped off throughout the course. Hole 13 was unplayable with cranes and construction crews working in the fairways and around the greens. The bunkers on hole 14 were mud pits.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Tour worthy and difficult"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2013
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I've watched golf at this venue for years, from the PGA Seniors Championship to the Honda Classic on the PGA Tour and watched it evolve. It's a tough test, to be sure, even beyond the famous Bear Trap, but it's also pretty fair, especially if it's not too windy. Add that wind, though, and you've got all the course you can handle.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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