As if the golf on PGA tour tested courses is not enough, it is as though you are golfing on an outdoor tropical zoo. The exotic birds are everywhere you look, even walking right up to you as you tee off. Alligators poke thier leathery heads from the ponds from time to time, as a warning not to be too concerned about the ball that you just sliced in the drink. Turtles arrive on the shoreline of the pond from time to time, almost as guides to the pin. Geckos scurry about the cart paths as we made our way from each tee to green - and not one spoke to me about car insurance. The courses we played (The Haig and The Champion) were tough, but not so daunting that average duffers like us couldn't par the odd hole and enjoy the rest without too much frustration. They are thinking golfers courses.
The hotel rooms all had private balconies, although small. The beds were extremely comfortable. We stayed in a double room with a rollaway, which believe it or not, was nearly as comfortable as the beds. Flat screen TV's in every room, the bathrooms were roomy, and though I'd never have picked those particular showerheads, they were tolerable.
Every staff person we came across was friendly and helpful. No need was left unmet, no question unanswered. The ibar (lobby bar) was well stocked with friendly bartenders, but a bit pricey. We did not visit the on-site restaurant, perhaps for fear of the same sticker shock - but West Palm has so many great restaurants, we figured why not dabble in them? The sundry shop is typical of most hotels - overpriced coffee, bottled water and soda, etc... but they did serve Starbucks coffee - which is a plus.
All in all, this trip was well worth every penny we spent, and left us all looking forward to next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fresh off a comprehensive multi-million revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, spa, vacation and meetings destination. The South Florida locale offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic and legendary “Bear Trap.” A distinguishing highlight at PGA National is its new 33,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club (SRC). The impressive new facility features the latest exercise equipment, indoor racquetball court, three aerobics studios with new sound systems, five-lane saltwater lap pool, spin room with video road mapping, indoor volleyball court, two Pickleball / POP tennis courts, and 19 Har-Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). PGA National offers customized suites ideal for weddings, golf “buddy trips” and spa aficionados. Its numerous multi-use settings include a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas; scenic Lakeside Lawn perfect for receptions; iDeck – a new 3,000-square-foot terrace ideal for indoor / outdoor dining and entertaining; “Bar 91” 19th hole bar and grill; 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference and event space; and seven on-site restaurants and lounges including its acclaimed chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood. The Spa at PGA National is a 40,000-square-foot oasis of tranquility featuring 32 treatment rooms and areas with 100 diverse treatments, the exclusive “Waters of the World” outdoor mineral pools, full-service salon, and relaxing lounge areas. Conveniently located within driving distance of major Florida population centers, the AAA Four Diamond resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 90 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pga National Hotel Palm Beach Gardens
- Pga National Resort