PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2015) -- Signaling a new era for PGA Golf Club, an impressive, contemporary 20,000-square-foot clubhouse is now complete. Designed by Tom Hoch Design, the facility has more than doubled in size from the original clubhouse, which first opened its doors in 1996.
The new clubhouse features elements of style throughout the building that reflect the PGA of America’s rich history. As a result, the PGA has relocated some notable trophies and artifacts that trace its nearly 100 years to the new “PGA Gallery” area of the PGA Golf Club Clubhouse. This is highlighted by a display of the major Championship trophies of golf, including the original Wanamaker Trophy, the prize for winning the PGA Championship. In addition, the Senior PGA Championship’s Alfred S. Bourne Trophy and the Vardon Trophy, with its iconic overlapped hands sculpture, are both prominently displayed.
“This newly-renovated and expanded clubhouse signals a transformation for PGA Golf Club,” said PGA General Manager Jimmy Terry. “We now have a magnificent cornerstone to accompany our championship golf courses that will serve as a point of pride for our PGA members, guests and golfers from around the world to enjoy.”
Phase one of clubhouse construction at PGA Golf Club was finalized in February, with renovations throughout the structure, chiefly to public areas. For example, the golf shop now features modern-design techniques that accentuate its high ceiling. Its sales counter was moved to the room’s middle for a retail-center vibe, while elevated platforms display special apparel. The room offers a private members’ entrance, access to members-only lockers and a new fitting room.
The dining room was converted into a high-end establishment, “The Taplow Pub,” named in honor of department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker’s informal business group nicknamed “The Taplow Club,” which proposed the idea to form the PGA in 1916. Cutting-edge audio and video components accentuate a room that seats more than 100 people. There are 15 televisions, with individualized programming for each booth.
The adjacent “Captains’ Room” is a wine room for members and their guests that pays tribute to Ryder Cup Captains. Additionally, the nearby Wanamaker Room banquet area presents improved entrances, new seating areas and enhanced acoustics. Serving these facilities is an expanded kitchen, featuring a large pizza oven, and a new and improved menu.
The just completed second phase of construction is highlighted by several new areas for PGA and PGA Golf Club members to enjoy including:
• NINETEEN-SIXTEEN Bar & Grille - Named in honor of the year of the PGA’s founding, this member-only restaurant and bar sits adjacent to the 18th Hole of the Wanamaker Course, with a breathtaking view of this beautiful closing hole. The room is served by a second kitchen area designed specifically for members.
• President’s Board Room – Honoring the Presidents of the PGA of America, this private meeting room is ideal for conducting business.
• Wanamaker Pavilion – This outdoor area provides an intimate view of the Wanamaker Course in a private setting.
• Expanded Locker Rooms - The member locker rooms have been greatly expanded for both men and women, with modernized amenities and special features, such as an old-fashioned shoe shine and a locker room attendant. Public lockers were also expanded to accommodate guests.
A grand opening for PGA Golf Club members will happen on Nov. 8, while 300 delegates to the 99th PGA Annual Meeting will enjoy a preview on Nov. 12.
Do you like talking smack on the golf course?
If so, it doesn't get much better than the smack spewing from Phil Mickelson's mouth after he and Zach Johnson halved their Friday Fourballs match against Adam Scott and Jason Day in the Presidents Cup.
If you'll remember, Mickelson committed a serious golf-ball blunder on the seventh hole, resulting in an unusual penalty that saw the U.S. go from all all square in the match to 2-down in just one hole.
Well, the U.S. bounced back and managed to snag a halve.
For Mickelson, it felt pretty good to come back from that snafu to Scott and arguably the world's hottest player in Day. Just ask him.
"We spotted the Internationals' best team two holes and they still couldn't beat us," Mickelson said. "Just sayin’."
Here's the video of that very quote:
Those are fighting words! Well, by golf standards, anyway. The U.S. will take a one-point lead at 5 1/2-4 1/2 going into the weekend, where you've got to think Scott and Day would love another crack at Lefty.