PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has opened -- or should we say reopened -- the Fazio Course for play.
"The Fazio" is a complete renovation of "the Haig" -- PGA National's original 18-hole course, which opened in 1980. The Haig was designed by George and Tom Fazio in tribute to five-time PGA Championship winner Walter Hagen.
"We think the appealing aspects of the Fazio are the newly reconfigured greens, tee-boxes and bunkering; achieving that ideal balance where single-digit golfers will be fully challenged while higher handicaps will have a layout ideal for a day of enjoyable resort golf," said Tom Fazio II, the third member of the Fazio family to work on the Haig.
While the original par-72 routing remains intact, the renovation features a mix of classic golf architecture and improvements in modern technology, course design and agronomics, including:
--Total green surface increased nearly 70 percent from 1.5 acres to 2.5 acres and grassed with TifEagle
--Grass on tees and fairways changed to Celebration Bermudagrass
--Tee boxes reconfigured from circular to square
--The latest irrigation technology installed throughout
The course’s yardage has been lengthened to more than 7,000 yards. But in accordance with the popular "Tee it Forward" initiative, player-friendly tees have been added, allowing the course to be played at 5,100 yards.
"For avid golfers, we deliver a tour-quality practice and playing experience, including David Leadbetter and Dave Pelz academies and championship level club-fitting and practice facilities," said Vice President and Managing Director Joel Paige. "As we complete our multi-million renovation, PGA National also offers a suite of amenities, from spa and tennis to fine dining and relaxing poolside, comparable to the great luxury golf resorts of the world."
Including the Fazio Course, PGA National offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses, including the famed Champion Course, home to the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. It also features a world-class 33,000 square-foot health and racquet club with 19 Har Tru tennis courts, 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference space and nine on-site restaurants and lounges.
For more information, visit www.pgaresort.com