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A Legendary Golf Getaway
Tom Landers
By Tom Landers
Published on 04/5/2012

A Legendary Golf Getaway
Tom Fazio and Pete Dye have designed some of the world’s most well-known golf courses, such as Pinehurst No. 4 (Fazio) in North Carolina and Kiawah Island Resort (Dye) in South Carolina. Yet, you would typically have to travel to vastly different venues if you wanted to play both architects top designs. Enter PGA Golf Club at PGA Village, in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where golfers have the rare opportunity to experience both architects while playing at the same resort.
Located an hour north of West Palm Beach along Florida’s magnificent Treasure Coast, PGA Village is home to 54 holes of Championship golf—36 from Fazio… and 18 from Dye. Owned and operated by The PGA of America, PGA Golf Club is one of the premier public-access resort facilities in America and the “home course” for the 27,000 men and women PGA Professionals.
The first of the Fazio designs is the Wanamaker Course, named in honor of department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker, who inspired the birth of The PGA in 1916; and the namesake of the Wanamaker Trophy, which is annually awarded to the winner of the PGA Championship. Best, you can view the actual Wanamaker Trophy at the on-site PGA Museum of Golf!
The Wanamaker Course is a classic Florida layout that enables golfers to enjoy a stunning backdrop set against breathtaking wetlands, palm trees and palmettos. The course re-opened in September 2011, with 18 new TifEagle Bermuda grass greens and TifGrand tee boxes, which flourish in the year-round tropical climate.
Fazio’s second design is the Ryder Course, named for Samuel Ryder, who established the coveted Ryder Cup in 1927 (which will be contested again this September at Medinah Country Club near Chicago). The playing experience of the Ryder Course features a distinct Carolina touch in a Florida setting, with rolling hills, majestic pines and challenging water hazards.
The Dye Course emphasizes native surroundings with pine straw rough, vast coquina waste bunkers and grass-based bunkers. Weaving through 100 acres of protected wetlands, the links-style layout offers pure Florida surroundings with a British Isles flavor.
Guests can work on their game at the on-site PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, home to PGA of America Golf Schools. The 35-acre state-of-the-art golf training facility is equipped with 100 full-swing stations and nine different bunker types to simulate play from around the world, as well as the latest innovations in golf technology, fitness and club fitting. The Center is designed for professionals and beginners alike, with golf teams from around the world training at the award-winning facility and budding golfers able to enjoy the new PGA Discover Golf Course.
PGA Village offers a variety of accommodations including the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn—a full-service hotel with complimentary wireless Internet, swimming, a workout facility and 24-hour business center. The facility is home to Sam Snead’s Oak Tavern, the perfect spot to unwind with a post-round drink and delicious meal.
Stay-and-play packages start at $146 per person for one night, one round of golf (double occupancy). Complimentary admission to the PGA Museum of Golf—home to golf’s four major championship trophies, Donald Ross’ personal workbench and the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame—is also included.
For more information, visit or 800-800-GOLF.