PGA National Resort & Spa is Florida’s ultimate golf getaway.
Golf mania is in full swing this summer as Charlotte hosts the 99th PGA Championship, “The Season’s Final Major,” next month at SouthPark’s Quail Hollow Club.
And while most of us can’t stretch together birdie-filled, sub-par rounds on pristine golf links like the pros, the opportunity to play in one of their most highly-regarded playgrounds is just a quick flight away at PGA National Resort & Spa in Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens.
Home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and a former Ryder Cup venue, PGA National boasts 90 holes of championship golf on five courses, earning an Editors’ Choice Award from “Golf Digest” as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Americas. Few thrills exceed teeing it up on the Championship Course where the legendary “Bear Trap,” one of professional golf’s toughest three-hole stretches, awaits. The courses here are well-suited for walking accompanied by a top-notch caddy—be sure to take advantage of the “looper’s” intimate course knowledge.
Those looking to tune-up their game, hole-out at PGA National with video-aided swing analysis and the uncomplicated process found at Leadbetter Golf Academy. Matt Denzer, director of golf instruction, and his team will trim strokes off your game with a patient approach, including a digital version of your lesson for study upon returning home.
Racquet sports are also a priority here. Choose from a full menu of fitness activities at their high-tech Sports & Racquet Club and enjoy pickleball and tennis on their 18 tennis courts.
The resort’s European-style spa pampers after a tough day on the course. Their unique “Waters of the World” pools soothe achy bones and tones skin with mineral rich waters simulating Israel’s Dead Sea and a Pyrenees-style salt pool akin to France’s fabled Salies de Béarn. Specialized treatments include detox seaweed wraps, luxe massages, and glycolic facial peels.
The Palm Beaches
South Florida’s Palm Beaches offer plenty of dining, shopping, and exploring off the golf course.
Fashionistas know Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue is the preeminent designer shopping destination in Florida and a runway for today’s top fashions. There’s no better place to enjoy the area’s tropical plant life and amazing butterflies than at Mounts Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach. Guests at Palm Beach’s Flagler Museum explore the 55-room Gilded-age Beaux Arts manse and former home of oil-baron Henry Flagler through tours and special exhibitions. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens offers visitors a historic home, garden, and eye-popping statuary close to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Dine around town and get a tour all in one with West Palm Beach Food Tours. This walking tour of West Palm Beach includes a bit of history, noshing at six restaurants, and an opportunity to make new friends.
Milan, New York City, and Palm Beach intersect at Sant Ambroeus, one of Palm Beach’s newest entrants on the fine dining scene. Polished service, crisp white linens, and a chic Manhattan vibe greet diners at this stylish bistro, where craft cocktails are shaken, not stirred, and the Milanese menu sparkles with specialties like black truffle pizza, lobster risotto, and tagliatelle alla bolognese. Guests linger over their house-made gelato, pastries, Italian coffees.
PGA National’s Ironwood Steak & Seafood pleases diners with a stellar wine selection and a menu studded with specialties like tuna tartare and fork-tender tomahawk bone-in ribeye. And save room for the blueberry bread pudding—it’s well worth the caloric splurge. www.pgaresort.com
PGA National Resort & Spa is just 20 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport, where American Airlines offers daily nonstop flights from Charlotte.