PGA National opens Institute of Performance as part of makeover

PGA National
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PGA National is wrapping up a $100 million makeover.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012 | 12:22 a.m.

PGA National Resort & Spa – the home of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – has opened its Institute of Performance.

This new training facility will provide advanced methods of sport-specific training, nutritional counseling and education to enable athletes to reach full their goals and potential, PGA National officials said. It will focus on four core programs: national and collegiate team training and consulting; elite player development; onsite educational conferences; and recreational golfer improvement.

David Donatucci has been named the institute’s director. He was formerly the director of fitness and performance for the PGA of America. With scores of top golf professionals on his resume, Donatucci currently works with 2010 U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, LPGA Tour standout Stacy Lewis, 2011 British Amateur champion Bryden Macpherson and 2011 Florida High School Class 2A champion Richard Donegan.

"Our goal for the new facility is to not only help the best players in the world reach their highest potential, but anyone who plays the game and wants to improve," said Donatucci. "Whether training to win the Masters, U.S. Open, LPGA money title or a club championship, we'll design an ideal regimen for peak performance and success."

The unveiling of the Institute of Performance coincides with the final stages of a $100 million renovation at PGA National.

Among the work being done is revitalizing the resort’s rooms and corridors with modern furniture and accent lighting, new carpet and blackout curtains, HD packages and iPad stations. The resort also is creating a series of specialty suites, including lush bridal suites, tranquil spa retreat suites and fully loaded media/game suites.

In addition, the 19th Hole bar is being rechristened Bar 91 and given increased seating, a built-in buffet and salad bar, and a stacked stone fireplace with a view of the lake. The Citrus Tree also is being revitalized. Renamed the Palm Terrace, it will feature three private dining areas, textured walls and a landscaped outdoor firewall.

PGA National also is unveiling the Lakeside Lawn, a new waterfront outdoor venue that will host a variety of celebrations and events. And the resort’s Haig Course is wrapping up a makeover that will see it renamed the Fazio Course and boast new grass, larger greens and championship-style tee-boxes.

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