PGA National Resort and Spa
What We Love
- The resort fee includes two welcome drinks at the I Bar, WiFi, access to the Health and Racquet Club (including classes and tennis court time) self-parking and more
- The resort just unveiled the final flourishes of a $100 million renovation that added a shot of sleek South Florida style to all guestrooms
- Five golf courses by top designers
- 40,000-square-foot spa with a not-to-be-missed “Waters of the World” mineral bath circuit
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What To Know
- Greens fees are among the highest in Florida, especially for the desirable Champion Course
- PGA National also hosts private homeowners who compete for tee times and use of all leisure facilities
- This is an extremely popular convention and meeting resort
- A $25 resort fee per room, per night, will be collected upon checkout on Jetsetter
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
As its name implies, the main selling point of PGA National Resort & Spa is its golf courses and excellent spa. Every duffer dreams of teeing off at the Jack Nicklaus–designed Champion, which has hosted far more of the biggest names and tournaments in golf than any other Florida course. But there’s a lot more to do here than hit the links, especially after the recent completion of a $100 million makeover that transformed the resort’s guestrooms into sybaritic escapes, rejuvenated nearly every facility in the resort and added new goodies like a sparkling zero-entry pool, the poolside Palm Terrace cafe and Bar 91 overlooking gorgeous greens. And the resort is a fitness fanatic’s dream, with a 33,000-square-foot fitness center (classes are available), 19 tennis courts and formal traditional croquet (don’t forget to wear white). Check out the delish Ironwood Grille for fresh Florida fish, and its sister iBar is set up like an urban cocktail lounge where you can choose from a lengthy mixologist’s menu and snack on gourmet comfort food like fish tacos and five-cheese grilled cheese sandwiches.
In the Area
Not many visitors realize that more than a century ago a large Japanese population lived in South Florida. The result is the Morikami Museum & Gardens, a vast expanse of elaborate gardens, a huge bonsai tree collection and an extensive Japanese art collection in nearby Delray Beach. Rather flex your plastic? The open air CityPlace complex is the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment district, in the heart of West Palm Beach and close to the rest of the city’s best shops and restaurants in the Clematis Street historical district, within a 20-minute drive from the resort. For some culture, head to West Palm’s Norton Museum of Art, which is easily Florida’s best, and in addition to its famed self-portrait of the one-eared artist, it has tons of 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces by Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Gauguin and many others. And for some indulgence, the unique Waters of the World circuit at the huge resort’s spa includes waters from natural springs in the Pyrenees and the Dead Sea. Access to the circuit is $25 on weekdays, but you’re required to book a spa treatment for access on weekends.
How to Get There
We just attended a wedding at the PGA Hotel, Palm Beach Gardens, and this hotel is terrible. The food is awful. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We tried them all. The staff disinterested. The facility rundown. Do not stay or eat here.
There was no management to be found.
And I do not want to hear now from anyone at the hotel how upset they are that my stay did not meet my expectations....oh please.
Pass this hotel by. And quickly.
As one might expect, the the PGA is a beautiful property with plenty of amenities and extras. We were there for three nights because of a family occasion and not golfers. Nonetheless, the property is well maintained and the staff were anxious to please. Very nice. Of course there were little things that needed attention, like the convertible bed had no sheets. But a call to the front desk (even though it was after midnight) was promptly addressed. It is a huge property and must be a major undertaking to keep up. Nonetheless, these magnificent grounds are pristine and lovely. One regret is that we did not play croquet...they have a classical croquet set up which was very old school. Unfortunately, time didnt permit our indulging. We had a small suite which accomodating my wife, two children and myself and the price was quite reasonable. It is not a five-star property, and the main draw must be the golf.
I played in a golf tournament at PGA National Resort & Spa and it was an experience of a lifetime! We played three of their five courses, playing the Championship course ( where the Honda Classic is played) on the last day. They have re-done the Champs greens and they are a real challenge. I can't wait to see how the pros handle them in February. The food and bar service was exceptional and the "people watching" was a blast. If you're in the North, I strongly recommend a winter visit. It will provide a great break from the snow. Great value, worth the money. Beach, night life, and fishing only minutes away.
Great weekend at PGA National. The staff is second to none and bend over backwards to accommodate your requests or needs. This was my friends and I first trip there and won’t be the last. Resort and golf courses were beautiful. Also loved the weekend nightlife entertainment at the iBar that was a nice touch. Also want to shoutout the bartenders, who never stopped hustling, and Angel who took care of us every morning at breakfast!
Would definitely recommend this place!!
What PGA National is not and pretends to be is a golf destination for true golfer.
What it is, is a hitelgeared towards families with little kids who's parents might want to enjoy a round of golf.
Courses are not manicured let alone kept in good shape. They are difficult but pedestrian. Haven't seen one true interesting hole yet.
Pro Shop staff unconcerned and treat you like cattle. Little help before or after setting up in the cart. This is a business, not a resort.
We had solid tee times for all four courses made months in advance. For no reason, they switched them around and had us playing one course twice, one not at all. No apologies when we noticed it and had them fix it. In fact, we were told " no big deal, you're playing them all now". What?
Our room itself is nice and overlooks the pool however music plays ALL NIGHT and very loud. Competing music in the lobby also so loud as to assault the ears. Trying too hard to be "hip" for the kids at the expense of the adults who are paying the bill?
Very disappointed in my experience here as a golfer. I imagine things are different for the Pros when the hotel saves it's best behavior for them.
If I wanted to take the entire family and pay a gazillion dollars for everyone to have fun, this would be the place to go.