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Conditions
3.9
Value
3.9
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
97.1%
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16 out of 19 reviews
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1.0
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2.0
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3.8
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3.6
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7079 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.6

Course Details

Year Built 1984
Greens Champion Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (1984) Ed Seay (1984) Robert Walker (1984) Arnold Palmer (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

4.0
19 Reviews (19)

What Golfers Are Saying

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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
1.0

Fire Randy

I have been a member at PGA for several years now and recently left because the club has really gone down hill. The head golf professional at PGA National is Randy Raimondi, who takes himself way too seriously. Instead of speaking to members like "members", he talks to you like youre a kid. He cancels tee times without first notifying the member, he doesnt return phone calls, and emails take him over a week to respond. Brookfield Asset Management recently purchased the club and the service coming out of the golf department is terrible. Randy needs to be fired immediately. I know of two other members that left because of the way they were treated from Randy. Im sure Randy doesnt care and he will just sign up new members, but the reputation of the club is spreading quickly. The club culture spreads from the top down and Randy needs to learn how to treat people. I actually think he has a Napoleon complex.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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

Quality Course

This was a quality course with quality features. Greens undulating. Fairways were a good width. Bunkers avoidable.

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

This course of the 4 we played was a great layout and fun to play would recommend this course over champions.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Every club in your bag

Overall very fun track. Lots of options off of the tee. Par 5's are challenging. Greens in great shape. Only negative was the bunkers were inconsistent.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat 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
Used cart
Conditions Good
Layout Excellent
Pace 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

Interesting Layout

This course is more interesting than the Champions Course, with doglegs and water in strategic locations. It was in excellent condition considering a heavy rain the night before that resulted in cart path only requirements.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 242
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very Challenging, Fun, Beautiful Course

This was my first time playing the Palmer Course at PGA National. It is by far the most challenging course of the PGA National courses I have played (I have not yet played the Championship course)

The course was in beautiful condition and well kept. The Palmer Course is a true test of golf with challenging pin positions. The course plays long. I had many 170 - 190 yard approach shots into greens which are elevated and all run off the sides. Be sure to aim for the center of the greens. The greens have many mounds, undulations, ridges and humps. The greens were smooth, quick and rolled true. The 18th hole is a 600 yard real challenge surrounded by water. The 18th hole presents challenges all over with a tight drive, hazard filled 2nd and 3rd shots and challenging green.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 217
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
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
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 217
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
Difficulty Moderate
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

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
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
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
Reviews 3
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
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

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
Difficulty Somewhat 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

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
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
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
Reviews 92
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
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
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
Reviews 1
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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
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
Difficulty Moderate
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