Golfers know the PGA National Resort & Spa best as the home of the Honda Classic, a major played at this Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, resort every February since 2007. With five tournament-ready courses, putting greens, driving ranges, and a golf academy, this sprawling property is a golfer’s paradise, but it also offers a variety of activities for nongolfers and comfortable facilities for meetings. A bonus: With its experience managing the hoopla of a major sporting event, the resort is well-equipped to handle crowds.
Groups have access to a 39,000-square-foot, self-contained conference wing that includes a 58-seat amphitheater, two ballrooms, and 17 additional breakout rooms. A 5,000-square-foot covered outdoor pavilion overlooks a golf course and lake.
The 40,000-square-foot spa at the PGA Resort has mineral pools, dozens of treatment rooms, and an extensive menu of options. It’s a bustling place, but the friendly and professional staff keep it running like a well-oiled machine, and the rooms are well-insulated to ensure a relaxing experience.
A health and racquet club on the property includes 19 tennis courts, racquetball, fitness classes, and a large cardio/weight room. Nine pools are scattered throughout the resort.
One of the most popular spots at the PGA National Resort is the wide-open lobby bar, set in the middle of the lobby, which attracts a lively crowd of locals and hotel guests each evening. The bar’s new look was part of a $65 million upgrade of the public and meeting spaces completed over the last several years. In 2011, new soft goods are scheduled to be installed in the 379 spacious guest rooms and suites to match the fresh look elsewhere.
The community surrounding the resort has blossomed in the last three decades, with upscale shopping and dining options. And, in a typically congested stretch of south Florida, the efficient Palm Beach International Airport is a convenient 20-minute drive from the PGA National Resort.