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“A great course”

PGA Golf Club in PGA Village - Wanamaker Course
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

The longest and most challenging of the PGA Village courses. Wannamaker is tough for a mid-handicap like myself, but the vistas and condition make up it. A traditional Florida layout, Wannamaker has a number of long par 4 holes and plenty of trouble to grab errant shots. All of the PGA Village courses are a great outing with Wannamaker being the most challenging. The staff is always professional and want to make your round enjoyable. We recommend it.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Wonderful condition and layout...what a joy to play will be back....Sept/Oct prices are a steal.....Staff very helpful and accommodating. Bar prices after round great and pro shop prices very reasonable. All three courses Dye and Ryder very challenging

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Moderate green fee, buggies with newest GPS technology. Course is pretty difficult with lots of bunkers. I will always remember the 18th hole.

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Reviewed May 5, 2012

My beloved little white balls were never found, again! I curse you Wanamaker! Great course, well maintained.

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Reviewed May 4, 2012

I played on this course three times as a result of my brief vacation and attendance of the PGA golf school. The course was named after the inspiring founder Rodman Wanamaker of the PGA, department store magnate and philanthropist, who organized a meeting of well-known golfers and business leaders in 1916. This course is one of three courses on the PGA Village golfing campus. The other two are “the Dye” course which I played and ‘the Ryder” course which I did not play. You can imagine that given this opportunity to play 54 holes, they are extremely busy and full of tournaments and events. In fact, the reason I was unable to play the “Ryder” was that it was holding tournaments every day of my stay!

The driving range for these three courses is fairly large and the practice balls are included in the daily greens fees. Both the range and the putting green(s) are centrally located to the 1st tee of each course. Although traveling to the 1st tee of the Dye course is quite far. At least you can stop at the range and stretch before teeing off. In addition, there are 6 pitching holes which I found a great way to relax.

Separate from this and a 2 minute car ride away is the PGA Golf School (actually called PGA Center for Learning and Performance) which has an absolutely great practice facility including a three hole course.

Now back to the Wanamaker Course which was designed by Tom Fazio.

Course design and layout- 4 stars

He has been very successful at highlighting the local vegetation which contours the course. There are some homes nestled in the trees, especially the first four holes, but they are not visually disturbing … only if your ball passes the famous white stakes! There is a wide selection of tees available for players of every caliber. Overall the course is short in distance. I played all times from the blue tees (called Tournament) that carry a 72.2 and a slope of 139 at 6610 yards. The next furthest tees, called medal, are at 7,123 yards with a 74.8 & 144 slope.
What the course lacks in distance it makes up in required accuracy. Add to this a strong 20/25 mile per hour Florida wind and this can wreck havoc with errant shots. Accuracy is in high demand. For instance, the second hole is a 426 yard par 4 (handicap 1) that has a strong cross westward wind drawing your ball left towards undesirable “stuff”. This is followed by a very exciting 195 yard par 3 as hole four on a very large but tricky putting surface. And other couple of great sequential holes are the 17th, a long par 3 with limited room for error. And a great relaxing and finishing hole, number 18, a nice par four with a tricky second into the green. And depending on the placement of the flagstick, you can easily undershoot it and are wet.

Conditions- 4 stars

The PGA recently re-did all the greens. The roll is very true and the breaks become menacing. The only draw back with the new conditions is that the greens are very hard. One can not be aggressive and “go” for the flag. It becomes more like a bump and run. The bunkers and fairways and tees are also in good condition.

Price- 4 stars

Having played in April which appeared to be in shoulder season, the prices ranged from $38 to $49. A very reasonable price for a quality course like this one.

Pace of Play- 2 stars

I find it very incongruous that I am playing at the nerve center of the PGA HQ and they accept slow play on the course. My tee times were 3:15 pm, 2:05pm and 7:35am. Only the early morning time allowed for a 4 hour and 15 minute round. The others were closer to five hours. The course marshals, the few that I saw, do not nudge the slow players. This is not acceptable and should be an area of improvement.

The Staff- 3 stars

Most of the staff, including the course restaurant where I lunched and has excellent salads, is somewhat “blah” and lacking enthusiasm. The only ones who were actually warm and welcoming were those who assisted with the bags at the beginning and end of the round.

In summary, this was part of a four day vacation at the PGA Village to remove the winter blues from my 5 hanidcap index. I stayed at the Sheraton, attended the PGA Golf School and played rounds of golf on the Wanamaker and Dye courses. With the exception of the Golf school (which was excellent), all have been reviewed in trip advisor.

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