A grand opening will be held on June 30th and the Andy Staples-designed course will then be opened for resort guest and member play at the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. property on July 1st. The par-3 course is the first part of a reimagination of PGA National’s Squire Course that will also see a new “Match Course” designed to encourage match play open later in the summer.
PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. will hold a special grand opening of its innovative new nine-hole, par-3, Andy Staples-designed “Staple Course” on June 30.
The course is the first part of a reimagination of the property’s Squire Course that was originally designed by Tom and George Fazio in 1983 (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/pga-national-resort-breaks-ground-on-re-imagination-of-the-squire-course/).
The 1st and 18th holes of the Squire Course—one of five on the PGA National property—were converted into the Staple Course. The remaining 16 holes will be turned into a new 18-hole layout, the “Match Course,” that is also being created by Staples and is scheduled to open later in the summer of 2021. The Match Course will be designed to encourage match play.
Both new projects are part of an ongoing $100 million capital revitalization that is touching every aspect of the PGA National property.
The grand opening of the Staple Course will include local dignitaries, noted area golfers and media and begin at 10 a.m. on June 30 with opening remarks, a welcoming champagne toast for attendees, breakfast items, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Staples. That will be immediately followed by a shotgun start for those wishing to be among the first to enjoy teeing it up on the new layout, along with a hole-in-one contest, raffle prizes, music and more.
The Staple Course will open for resort guest and member play on July 1.
Features of the new Staple Course include intriguing fast-and-firm shot corridors, and difficult-to-reach shelves on dramatic, undulating greens. With hole distances ranging from 48 to 130 yards, The Staple is designed for fast-paced rounds while using just a putter and a few short irons.
Additionally crafted for “heroic” tee shots with numerous “hole-in-hole” pin locations throughout, The Staple Course’s unique figure-eight configuration, with crossing holes at Nos. 2–3 and Nos. 7–8, is also designed to provide social-interaction meeting points with other players at an outdoor seating experience. complete with firepits and a café/bar area.
The Staple is also intended to provide an attractive casual setting where golf groups can unwind and relax after playing the resort’s four traditional and celebrated 18-hole layouts: The Champion, The Palmer, The Fazio and The Estate courses.
“Our goal for The Staple Course was to combine classic course-architecture attributes with a contemporary reimagined approach by highlighting playability, a quicker pace of play, and simply creating an enjoyable golf experience for all,” said Staples. “We think guests are going to love The Staple Course so much they’ll want to play it multiple times in the same day.”
Added Jane Broderick, PGA National’s Director of Golf: “Andy Staples’ incredible vision for both our new Staple Course and upcoming Match Course are beyond- exciting additions to our world-class golf amenities.
“From playing The Champion Course, just like the PGA TOUR superstars do annually in the Honda Classic, to savoring the joys of The Staple, we offer an array of exceptional golf courses and amenities few resort destinations can equal.” Broderick said.