The layout, which is the home of the Honda Classic, will close on June 4 for a major rebuilding and re-grassing of its greens. The property’s other layouts, The Palmer, The Fazio, The Squire, and The Estates, will remain open throughout the project.
The Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., will close on June 4 for a major rebuilding and re-grassing of its greens.
In addition to comprehensively redesigning the course in 2002, Jack Nicklaus also directed the redesign of The Champion’s 14th hole in 2014.
The layout is the home of the Honda Classic, the first stop on the PGA Tour’s “Florida Swing.” The course has hosted the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship, several years of the Senior PGA Championship and the Honda Classic for the past 11 years.
Under the direct supervision of Nicklaus, PGA National’s Director of Agronomy, Brad Nelson, will be collaborating and working closely with Nicklaus Design Associates. The course will reopen later this year.
Adjacent to the tee of the first hole, The Champion Course’s driving range was significantly upgraded and now includes a secluded section for PGA TOUR pros to practice their short game as well as greenside and fairway bunker play.
“Our owners, Walton Street Capital, have continually strived to improve and enhance and our world-class golf assets,” said Greg Saunders, Vice President, Managing Director. “These vital and substantial upgrades and improvements will greatly benefit our coveted guests and partners, including PGA TOUR players competing in the Honda Classic, our valued members and their families, as well as resort guests.”
The property also features four additional layouts: The Palmer, The Fazio, The Squire and The Estates. All will be open for play during the renovation. The newly transformed Palmer Course, originally designed by Arnold Palmer, reopened last November after undergoing a comprehensive renovation to rave reviews.