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SOUTHPARK MAGAZINE – Hole-in-One

PGA National Resort & Spa headlines a golf getaway in Florida’s Palm Beaches, a luxe destination where the fun only begins at the course. 

Golf mania is in full swing this summer as Charlotte hosts the 99th PGA Championship, “The Season’s Final Major,” this August at SouthPark’s Quail Hollow Club.

And while most of us can’t stretch together birdie-filled sub-par rounds on pristine golf links like the pros, the opportunity to play in one of their most highly-regarded playgrounds is only a 90-minute nonstop flight away at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Championship Golf

Home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and a former Ryder Cup venue, PGA National boasts 90 holes of championship golf on five courses, earning an Editors’ Choice Award from Golf Digest as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Americas. Few thrills exceed teeing it up on the Championship Course where the legendary “Bear Trap,” one of professional golf’s toughest three-hole stretches, awaits. The courses here are well-suited for walking accompanied by a top-notch caddy. Take advantage of these “looper’s” intimate course knowledge. They’ve seen it all.

Those looking to tune-up their game, hole-out at PGA National with video-aided swing analysis and the uncomplicated process found at Leadbetter Golf Academy. Matt Denzer, director of golf instruction, and his team will trim strokes off your game with a patient approach including a digital version of your lesson for study upon returning home.

Racquet sports are also a priority here. Choose from a full menu of fitness activities at their high-tech Sports & Racquet Club and enjoy pickleball and tennis on their 18 tennis courts.

The resort’s European-style spa pampers after a tough day on the course. Their unique “Waters of the World” pools soothe achy-bones and tones skin with mineral rich waters simulating Israel’s Dead Sea and a Pyrenees-styled salt pool akin to France’s fabled Salies de Béarn. Specialized treatments include Detox Seaweed Wraps, Lomi Lomi Massage and Glycolic Facial Peels.

The Palm Beaches

 

South Florida’s Palm Beaches offer plenty of dining, shopping and exploring options beyond the golf course.

Fashionistas know Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue is the preeminent designer shopping destination in Florida, and a runway for today’s top fashions. There’s no better place to enjoy the area’s tropical plant life and amazing butterflies than at Mounts Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach. Guests at Palm Beach’s Flagler Museum explore the 55-room Gilded-age Beaux Arts manse and former home of oil-baron Henry Flagler through tours and special exhibitions. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens offers visitors an historic home, garden and eye-popping statuary close to the intercostal waterway. 

Dine 

Dine around lunch and city tour all-in-one with West Palm Beach Food Tours. This walking tour of West Palm Beach includes a bit of history, noshing at six restaurants and an opportunity to make new friends.

Milan, New York City and Palm Beach intersect at Sant Ambroeus, one of Palm Beach’s newest entrants on the fine dining scene. Polished service, crisp white linens and a Manhattan-vibe greet diners at this chic bistro where craft cocktails are shaken, not stirred and the Milanese menu sparkles with specialties like Black Truffle Pizza, Lobster Risotto and Tagliatelle alla Bolognese. Guests linger as their house-made gelato (the pistachio and hazelnut are intense), pastries and Italian coffees rival nonna’s.

PGA National’s Ironwood Steak & Seafood pleases diners with surf, turf, a stellar wine selection and a menu studded with specialties like Tuna Tartare and fork-tender Tomahawk Bone-in Ribeye. Save room for the Blueberry Bread Pudding, it’s well worth the splurge.

Even if your golf game isn’t quite up to pro-level, a holiday in South Florida is more fun than sinking a 40-foot putt for the win.

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