PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course

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Amenities
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Layout
5.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7045
Slope 148
Rating 75.2
Type Resort
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
Scorecard for Champion
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 75.2/148 365 437 538 376 171 488 226 427 404 3432 545 450 427 388 465 176 434 172 556 3613 7045
Gold M: 73.4/145 360 419 516 356 152 479 206 401 386 3275 525 425 408 370 442 163 412 161 546 3452 6727
Blue M: 71.8/138 345 393 495 336 138 468 186 381 360 3102 508 395 387 335 420 153 391 155 527 3271 6373
White M: 69.9/129 339 361 480 318 121 453 169 334 342 2917 476 346 377 323 411 143 353 131 507 3067 5984
Green M: 68.5/127 339 349 424 318 121 453 141 320 342 2807 476 260 293 323 367 143 325 131 456 2774 5581
Red W: 71.7/136 308 302 424 285 88 378 141 289 311 2526 411 260 293 286 367 110 325 111 456 2619 5145
Handicap 9 11 3 13 17 1 15 7 5 8 4 14 10 12 16 2 18 6
Par 4 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 4 36 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 5 3 11 17 1 15 13 9 6 14 10 2 4 16 12 18 8

Course Details

Year Built 1981
Greens TifEagle Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Fazio (1981) Jack Nicklaus (1990) George Fazio (1981) Jack Nicklaus (2014) Jack Nicklaus (2018)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Reviews

2.6
16

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
Dinner 5
Patio Dining 5
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 7
Plays Long 6
Water Hazards 6
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 6
Advanced Golfers 6
Entertaining Clients 6
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 6
Worth the Drive 3
Convenient to the City 2
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Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Wet weather

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!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
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!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Played On
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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Boston Advisor
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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Soggy Greens

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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Packed, Stacked, and 6.5 hours long

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.
Staff Friendliness Average
Quality of food & beverage Average
Pace of Play Poor
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average

Stay & Play Offers

$110 Starting price
Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
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