PGA National Resort & Spa - Palmer Course

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3.6
Value
3.1
Layout
3.5
Friendliness
4.9
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.9
95.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 12 reviews
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3.5
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Conditions
3.5
Value
3.0
Layout
3.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
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2 out of 2 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7079
Slope 141
Rating 74.6
Type Resort
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7079 yards 74.6 141
Blue 72 6684 yards 73.1 136
B/W Combo 72 6327 yards 71.3 133
White 72 6115 yards 70.0 128
White (W) 72 6115 yards 75.9 135
Green 72 5530 yards 66.9 118
Green (W) 72 5530 yards 72.8 127
G/R Combo 72 5220 yards 70.2 124
Red (W) 72 4810 yards 68.2 116
Scorecard for Palmer
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: 74.6/141 458 178 411 550 238 416 380 556 423 3610 202 413 499 156 352 373 438 435 601 3469 7079
Blue M: 73.1/136 417 169 391 523 195 407 373 542 391 3408 183 388 488 147 332 353 405 406 574 3276 6684
Blue/White M: 71.3/133 377 147 347 523 154 384 373 542 356 3203 173 357 488 126 332 353 368 377 550 3124 6327
White M: 70.0/128 W: 75.9/135 377 147 347 498 154 384 345 472 356 3080 173 357 455 126 299 330 368 377 550 3035 6115
Green M: 66.9/118 W: 72.8/127 337 123 337 440 121 374 282 437 348 2799 160 345 422 105 285 283 351 297 483 2731 5530
Green/Red M: 70.2/124 W: 70.2/124 337 123 303 440 121 316 282 437 286 2645 118 296 422 105 285 283 313 297 456 2575 5220
Red M: 68.2/116 W: 68.2/116 281 93 303 401 90 316 237 417 286 2424 118 296 393 89 232 229 313 260 456 2386 4810
Handicap 7 17 1 9 15 5 13 3 11 16 8 14 18 12 2 4 10 6
Par 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 36 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 17 3 11 15 1 13 7 5 12 8 16 18 10 2 4 14 6

Course Details

Year Built 1984
Greens Champion Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (1984) Ed Seay (1984) Robert Walker (1984)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "David Leadbetter Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes

Policies

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

Reviews

3.6
12
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Handicap 0-4
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4.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart

Much better the second time

My two rounds at The Palmer this year formed a study in how far just a bit of focused attention can go for a tired golf course. Arnold Palmer Course Design's Brandon Johnson, as well as the agronomy staff at PGA National, took The Palmer from a pleasant enough if unmemorable Florida resort course up two solid notches primarily through an expansion and recontouring of the greens and a reshaping of all of the courses bunkers. They didn't reinvent the wheel, but they did polish it and give it some great new tires, and now The Palmer is a much more engaging place for a round, which will make visitors and members happy.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Due for an upgrade, and currently receiving it

I played the Palmer Course back in January with a friend. The layout cuts a winding path south of the main clubhouse through a residential neighborhood where, pleasantly, the the houses do not encroach heavily on the field of play. The layout is solid if fairly straightforward, with the most noteworthy holes being the 7th, the 11th and the 18th. The greens had been heavily overseeded and were very slow.

That said, the course has recently undergone some improvements, mainly a conversion of the greens to Champions Bermuda, which don't require winter overseeding. This should lead to better conditions and I look forward to updating this review soon.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities 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

The King's Course

That Arnold Palmer, he made this with the experienced golfer in mind. A very difficult track, but rewards with great shots. Be prepared to shape shots off the tee, and play it left to right. The 18th hole is a nightmare if you are playing bad, but it can also be the cherry on top of a great round on a great course. Fairways are pretty open, but must be precise into the greens and the rough is very capable of drowning a golf ball. Some of the best greens I have played. To The King!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Palmer Review

Really enjoyed the Palmer Course. Extremely hot out but the course was in great shape. Thanks to the staff as well. We all had a great time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Wow, that was tough

I don't know whether it was the course, itself, or the fact that were were on holes 37-54 of a weekend getaway with 95 degree heat, but that was a tough track. We played from the blue tees, which was about 6700 yards. Be prepared to hit mid to long irons into elevated greens with a good bit of undulation. Despite the challenge and the effects of two days of fatigue and "dehydration," we had a good time. Next time, however, I think we'll play this one first.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities 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

Sneaky Difficult

For all of the hype the Champions Course receives on how difficult it is, I would put the Palmer course close behind it. The setup is more fair, with wider fairways and flatter greens, but the rough was thicker than the average Florida course, which really put a premium on hitting the fairway. Number eighteen is particularly difficult measuring at almost 600 yards. Overall, this course is an excellent choice while staying at PGA National.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities 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

Palmer is one heck of a golf challenge

Another beautiful and well kept PGA National golf course. Designed by Jack Nick Laus's friend Arnold Palmer. This was by far the toughest challenge of the weekend at PGA National (including Champions Course) A true test of golf with the Sunday pin positions we had. Pins are tucked away with little room for landing. A lot of 180+ yard shots into greens. If that isn't enough the 18th hole is a 600 yard beast with a tight drive, hazard filled 2nd and 3rd shots and tough green. Bring a bunch of balls, this is quite the challenge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great resort course

While I have been to PGA National to play before I had yet to play the Palmer course at this fine resort. While the champion gets most of the publicity as the host of the Honda Classic (and a fantastic course as well) the Palmer was just as much fun to play. It is a true resort course as it is very playable from any set if tees especially off the tee with wide fairways and plenty of room to miss. The greens can be a little challenging which can give even the experienced golfer something to think about. The greens were in perfect shape and had some nice speed to them. Played in under 4 hours as the 3rd group off. Excellent condition as well. In my opinion you need to go to PGA National but not just for the Champion course.

Conditions Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Over priced

These courses are over priced for the quality of play. Even with the discounts there are better courses available to Florida golfers than these. The layout is good for all types of golfers. We were paired with long hitters and were able to be competitive due to course management. If you are staying at the facility it is nice to walk outside and have 3 courses available.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not worth the $$

I've played a lot of good courses but the Palmer course left much to be desired. The greens were slow and the course was worth about a $60 round.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Had the Entire course to myself.

I t was fun playing the course without seeing anyone else except a marshall once. One of the Par 3 was a complete construction mess. Greens were ok Fairways were really nice. Fun course must be accurate with irons 150 out as that were i found myself most of the time driving from the tips.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course but way over priced!!!

Played the Palmer layout. Course was in very good condition with the fairways being the best we have played this year. Over all it was a greats experience to do once but even with the GolfNow rates, not something I would do more than once a year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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