PGA National Resort & Spa - Palmer Course

3.6166666667 3.6 stars from 5 (12)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7079 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 74.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "David Leadbetter 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 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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 12 Reviews
5 stars:
5
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

9 out of 12 reviews


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"Much better the second time"


TimGavrich's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Due for an upgrade, and currently receiving it"


TimGavrich's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"The King's Course"


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 08/23/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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!


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


"Palmer Review"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wow, that was tough"


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 08/23/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

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


"Sneaky Difficult"


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 08/23/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Palmer is one heck of a golf challenge"


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 08/23/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


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


"Great resort course"


Bradsgolf23's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Over priced"


Ann1744138's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/03/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Not worth the $$"


cbole22's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Had the Entire course to myself."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2013
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Nice course but way over priced!!!"


Dennis9654132's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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