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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7045 yards
Slope 148
Rating 75.2

Course Details

Year Built 1981
Greens TifEagle Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "PGA National Golf Academy"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Sports

Tennis

Reviews

4.6
28 Reviews (28)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Dinner 6
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 8
Plays Long 7
Water Hazards 7
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 7
Entertaining Clients 7
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 6
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 7

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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Everything You'd Expect from a Tour Quality Course

It was everything you've seen on TV. Great condition. Great playing features for all levels of play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great course

Great place to play and definitely a bucket list item.

Wouldn’t recommend playing it in September though as the course wasn’t in perfect shape as March during the Honda Classic

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Best track for testing your game

What’s a real golf course ? The answer is the champ course, no mercy,no bail out, and tons of risk rewards opportunities!
One of my all time favorite tour stops and the after round pool is amazing!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Champions Course only course worth playing here

Champions Course in great shape. Other courses needed work. Greens were very nice!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A must play

Challenging due to water being in play on what seems like every shot. The greens are receptive and provide a fair test without being punishing, getting to the green is where the difficulty lies. Worth a visit by an true golfer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Played practice round in 90 degee whether then when it was time to play 35 mph winds and in your face for the Bear Trap, still shot 83!!! Even through the bear trap.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

NOT WORTH IT

I have been a member at PGA National for about 4 years and i have witnessed the quality of the courses dropping. New ownership took over the course and the club told everyone things were going to get better. Unfortunately, this is not true. The courses have all deteriorated and lately, its embarrassing. There are literally brown spots everywhere, and no one is spending time fixing the details (and this is not because it is the summer bc other public courses dont have the same problem, maybe try turning on the sprinklers and using some fertilizer) Eventually, the details become overwhelming. I have attached pictures of the condition of the Champion, which is the flagship course. In the past, the service, and hotel rooms were subpar, but now, the courses are being neglected as well. There is trash all over the course, theres brown spots everywhere, and the courses are not maintained like other public courses in the area. The club will charge guest $150-$175 to play the champ, and the greens are full of sand. It definitely doesn't play like a private course, it plays like a municipal course. Dont get me wrong, the layout is awesome, but the whoever is the greenskeeper, they need to address the details. I dont understand why they can't send two guys out during the day and have them fix up the little things that are no consistent with a private club, let alone a PGA tour stop. I heard the PGA tour threatened to take away the tour stop because the greens were in such bad shape for the Honda Classic. The club clearly cares more about making money then the members. Trust me when i tell you they are very good at taking your money, but they won't treat you like its a prime country club. Tons of members are leaving the club because the service is terrible, i am sure even more will leave bc of the conditions of the courses.. The champ range is not open half the time, and the club promised it would be for the members. The attitude of the employees are unacceptable and they act like you are bothering them. Something needs to happen and it needs to happen quickly. Look at the pictures i posted.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 143
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Golf Channel
Conditions Good
Layout Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 66
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

A Champ Perhaps, But Not A Classic

Sluggishly-paced round on a bucket list course was highlighted by stellar service from the pro shop staff, starter, cart attendant and beverage cart server. Ditto for staff for course snack bar, which offered tasty bar fare. The course? Well....from the blue tees, The Champ is not particularly stimulating visually nor it is especially tough, save No. 16 - the middle hole of the renowned Bear Trap - and No. 18. Back nine is more stout than front due to water hazards and placement of bunkers, several of which were concrete hard. The fairways and greens were brownish in spots with greens running a bit slow. Worth at least one trip around this very popular course, but not a second trek, unless the price is right.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 56
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Pennsylvania Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

Experience the Honda Classic Golf Course

PGA National is a huge resort with 5 courses. Today we played the Champions Course where the play the Honda Classic..it was a nice Course, but not too visually appealing. The course was in good shape and it was fun to play where the pros play.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 219
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Appropriately named, the "Champ" is a middleweight test

Playing a round at PGA National's Champion Course is a bit like stepping into the ring with a boxer. You need to stay alert at all times, because if you take a temporary vacation, even for a single shot, you can get knocked down in a hurry. Surviving to the end with your wits about you is a victory in itself, and a rewarding one. It toughens you up, because if you can play well here, you can play well anywhere.

Also worth noting, the course's recent greens expansion has made approach shots a little more manageable, though the firmness of those new putting surfaces makes shots from the rough almost impossible to keep on the green. Drive it straight if you can.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Wet weather
Walked

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

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!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Felt Like a Pro

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Champions Course Review

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Finally got to play this course IRL

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Challenging

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Champions Course was my favorite

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 170
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Best I've Played In Florida

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 373
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

With tweaks, Champion better than ever

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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