‘Best Golf Resort’ Acclaim: PGA National Resort Honored by Smart Meetings Magazine

Extraordinary South Florida Destination Earns Coveted 2023 ‘Smart Stars Award’
(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation, culinary, family, events and spa destination now showcasing the luxurious upgrades of its recent $100 million renovation – earned the coveted 2023 “Smart Stars Award” from Smart Meetings Magazine in the “Best Golf Resort” category.
The prestigious awards platform, now in its eleventh year, recognizes meeting planners’ preferences for hotels, resorts, properties, cruise lines, and conference and convention centers worldwide. The 2023 winners will be featured in the June issue of Smart Meetings’ print and digital magazines as well as showcased on the Smart Meetings website for a year.
Smart Meetings’ audience of meeting professionals hand-selected winning properties and destinations in 31 distinguished categories, all critical to the success of their meetings and events. The Smart Stars Awards have gained notoriety as an essential tool for today’s meeting planner community and a valuable resource for venue and destination recommendation.
At the all-new PGA National Resort, Palm Beach style meets 60,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor venues perfect for guests of ten to one thousand. Specializing in customizable experiences – from richly-detailed galas to team-building activities to group golf and pickleball clinics – the resort’s creative perfectionists deliver fresh ideas and flawless execution to brilliantly complement the property’s endless amenities and stylish accommodations.
The legendary South Florida destination boasts the famed Champion Course (host venue of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic) as well as three additional “traditional” 18s (The Palmer, The Fazio and The Estate courses) and two new bold and innovative Andy Staples designs – The Match Course (18 holes) and par-three Staple Course (nine holes). The thrillingly and fun Staple Course is perfect for players of any and all abilities and can be used for team-building.
“PGA National Resort continues to be a premier option for meeting, group and event planners, and we are honored to be a 2023 ‘Smart Stars’ winner,” says Jane Broderick, director of golf. “In addition to the state-of-the-art meeting spaces, the experience is made even more memorable with splendid accommodations, award-winning golf, and a variety of recently enhanced amenities across the resort.”
Currently unveiling the stunning results of its overall property transformation, PGA National Resort now boasts a nostalgic vibe brought to the 339 resort guest rooms, 21 private Serena & Lily-designed luxury cottages and common areas, and a focus on superb dining where guests are guided by their palate throughout the day. Among the six new culinary concepts are two signature restaurants spearheaded by “Top Chef” winner Jeremy Ford and multiple James Beard Award nominee Lindsay Autry, The Butcher’s Club and Honeybelle.
The newly-imagined Spa – redesigned by V Starr, the award-winning South Florida design firm of tennis legend Venus Williams – offers 40,000 square feet of tranquility and wellness. The serene oasis provides the perfect escape to breathe, heal and rejuvenate with individualized holistic care. The Spa’s comprehensive menu of restorative treatments are designed to evoke lightness, openness and a deep sense of well-being. For gentlemen to look their best on and off the course, The Spa’s cool new Groom Guy offers fresh haircuts, clean shaves, beard trimming and personalized styling from classically-trained barbers.
Additional amenities include its superlative 33,000 square-foot health and racquet club with 19 Har Tru tennis courts (12 lit for night play); six brand new pickleball courts for members and guests to enjoy the game’s burgeoning popularity in South Florida and across the U.S.; 60,000 square feet of indoor / outdoor event space. Guests can now enjoy a new high-end chocolatier, Sugarplume, the Big Drip frozen yogurt shop and the fun, family-friendly “Banyan Buddies” experience for kids.
For ease of travel, PGA National Resort has partnered with Blade to become the exclusive luxury hotel and resort partner in the Palm Beaches. With Blade’s modern fleet of helicopters, seaplanes, aircraft and jets, guests and members can travel between the resort’s private helipad and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), Fort Lauderdale, Miami or any other South Florida location. From New York, BLADEone, a by-the-seat commercial sized jet, features a private jet-interior, caviar service and Blade’s renowned SkyFX staff.
For more information on PGA National Resort’s summer group rates and to inquire about how to make your next meeting a success, please submit a meetings RFP at https://www.pgaresort.com/gather/meetings-events/rfp/ or call 561.627.5926.
The resort also features a wide array of exceptional vacation packages that members can take advantage of for unforgettable South Florida getaways. For more information about PGA National Resort: visit www.pgaresort.com or call 800.863.2819.
About PGA National Resort
Located in South Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens, PGA National Resort is a legendary golf, vacation, culinary, events and spa destination. The resort is currently unveiling a stunning $100 million capital investment revitalization resulting in a dramatic transformation touching every aspect of the celebrated property.
Few golf courses have a pedigree as storied as the resort’s famed Champion Course. Its lauded resume includes hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, and two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. Currently, it hosts The Honda Classic – a wildly popular stop on the PGA TOUR’s “Florida Swing.” The layout is best known for its renowned “Bear Trap” – a series of three demanding holes many consider the toughest stretch in the game.
As part of the inspiring reimagination, this celebrated South Florida destination has added two new bold and innovative Andy Staples-designed layouts in 2021: The Match (18 holes) and The Staple (nine holes). The Match showcases some of the most innovative concepts in modern golf design while encouraging “match” versus “stroke” play.
The Staple is an exuberant take on modern par-3 courses where enjoyment is paramount. Along with The Champion, they join the property’s celebrated “traditional” 18s – The Palmer, The Fazio, and The Estate courses – for 99 holes of extraordinary golf.
An industry leader in golf instruction, PGA National has partnered with leading U.S. golf schools including the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, and the world’s first science-based and statistical data-driven golf training center, Full Process Golf. PGA National also offers state-of-the-art club fitting.
PGA National Resort additionally boasts a state-of-the-art sports and racquet club as well as an exclusive membership club — all in the heart of a luxurious resort community. To continue your vacation lifestyle throughout the year, Memberships are currently available in PGA National Members Club. For more information on the privileges of Membership, please contact membership@pgaresort.com or 561-273-2920. The property is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and one-hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Additionally as part of the substantial investment, the resort launched six new culinary concepts showcasing signature restaurants including James Beard Award nominee and “Top Chef” winner Jeremy Ford and multiple James Beard Award nominee Lindsay Autry. Both “Top Chefs” spearhead the major culinary offerings. Guests can also enjoy a new high-end chocolatier, ice cream shop and brand-new “Kids Club” experience to name just a few of the new offerings throughout PGA National Resort.