PGA Na­tional Re­sort & Spa An­nounces Open­ing of Ren­o­vated Palmer Course

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PALM BEACH GAR­DENS, FL – PGA Na­tional Re­sort & Spa – home of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Clas­sic and for­mer Ry­der Cup venue – an­nounces its newly ren­o­vated Palmer Course will re­open for play Nov. 10.

Fit­tingly named af­ter its orig­i­nal de­signer and the game’s great­est leg­end, Arnold Palmer, the course changes were ex­e­cuted in con­sul­ta­tion with the Arnold Palmer De­sign Com­pany. In 1984, with Arnie’s Army cheer­ing like mad on his ev­ery shot, Palmer cap­tured the PGA Se­niors Cham­pi­onship played on the leg­endary re­sort’s mighty Cham­pion Course.

“Our ‘new’ Palmer Course en­sures the leg­end of the great Mr. Palmer will grow noth­ing but stronger for years to come here at PGA Na­tional,” says Greg Saunders, vice pres­i­dent, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor. “We of­fer a golf ex­pe­ri­ence few re­sorts can match with five ex­cep­tional cour­ses, world-class ameni­ties and ad­vanced in­struc­tion that is sec­ond to none.”

Per­haps most no­tably, golfers will dis­cover all 62 bunkers on The Palmer have been mod­ern­ized and re­shaped to im­prove sight lines off the tee as well as on ap­proach shots into the greens. Also, all 18 fair­ways were re-turfed with sci­en­tif­i­cally-ad­vanced Cel­e­bra­tion grass – a deep blue-green bermuda­grass that has fin­ished best in nu­mer­ous univer­sity re­search stud­ies and safe­guards prime play­ing con­di­tions year-round.

Mul­ti­ple tee-boxes on all holes were added to cre­ate greater playa­bil­ity. Pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional vis­ual ap­peal, the na­tive ar­eas have un­der­gone a com­plete over­haul with the ad­di­tion of fresh, nat­u­ral­col­ored Co­quina cre­at­ing an ap­peal­ing con­trast to the new sand in the bunkers and vi­brant turf on the fair­ways.

All the greens were re-built and re-grassed to honor the shape and con­tours of Palmer’s orig­i­nal de­sign. The ren­o­va­tion has added over half-an-acre to the to­tal square-footage of the putting sur­faces thus al­low­ing for ad­di­tional pin place­ments for both tour­na­ments and ev­ery­day play.

“The over­all goal was to build upon core prin­ci­pals of the orig­i­nal de­sign while tak­ing ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to make key agro­nomic, strate­gic and aes­thetic im­prove­ments to the course,” says Bran­don John­son, vice pres­i­dent and se­nior golf course ar­chi­tect of the Arnold Palmer De­sign Com­pany. “The changes will meet the de­mands of the mod­ern game and sub­tly re­flect how our com­pany’s de­sign phi­los­o­phy has evolved since orig­i­nally open­ing the course in 1984.”

“It was won­der­ful to work closely with Bran­don and his team from the Arnold Palmer De­sign Com­pany,” says Brad Nel­son, PGA Na­tional’s di­rec­tor of agron­omy. “Our mem­bers and guests are go­ing to love the changes to The Palmer as a great course is now even bet­ter.”

For more on PGA Na­tional Re­sort & Spa: www.pgare­sort.com, 561.627.2000.

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