Many memorable moments in golf’s history have been made on the championship courses at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. Even visitors who don’t know a birdie from an eagle fondly remember their stay at the luxurious PGA National Resort. Built in 1980, the property has garnered a reputation as a destination for inimitable luxury and service.
That reputation expands even further this month with the completion of PGA National’s extensive $100 million renovation, one that has transformed the property into what Managing Director Patrick Brophy describes as a “360-degree luxury travel experience.”
The renovation touches on virtually every aspect of the resort. From the moment guests arrive, they are greeted by a 1960s-inspired lobby replete with period furniture, grandiose palm leaf chandeliers, and lively colors and patterns like gold, pink, cheetah, and burnt orange. A replica of a banyan tree with more than 1,500 LED lights illuminates the lobby bar, where bartenders serve up classic cocktails to guests sitting on palm tree– cushioned stools.
The resort is also home to six new culinary concepts. Stop by Birdie’s Diner for a retro-chic dining experience or enjoy high-end cuisine at The Butcher’s Club. The latter is helmed by Jeremy Ford, executive chef at Stubborn Seed in Miami and Top Chef season 13 winner. Fellow Top Chef alum and Palm Beach County resident Lindsay Autry spearheads Honey- belle, an indoor/outdoor restaurant reminiscent of South Florida beach cafés. To satisfy your sweet tooth, stop into the chocolate-centric Sugarplume or vintage ice cream shop Big Drip.
Those seeking reprieve can find solace at The Spa at PGA National, which boasts a brand-new look plus a 1950s-inspired barbershop and serene fountains with soothing sounds. A couple’s treatment room, two Himalayan salt rooms, and three mineral pools round out the offerings.
Guests who are coming for the golf will appreciate two Andy Staples–designed courses. True to its name, The Match Course encourages match play and is designed for players of all abilities. The Staple Course, a nine-hole course built on the old Squire course, offers nine holes of fun and adventure with unexpected curves, slopes, and features.