Top 10 U.S. golf resort for women: PGA National

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The fearsome 8th hole on the PGA National Champion Course

The feeling of an oasis even in the middle of placid Palm Beach Gardens earned PGA National Resort and Spa a place on our Top 10 U.S. Golf Resorts for Women 2015. Five superbly conditioned golf courses with three and even four sets of tees rated and sloped for women impressed panelists, as well as the resort’s selection of Jane Broderick – with both LPGA and PGA credentials – as Director of Golf. Her talented staff includes female teaching professionals and caddies are available at most times.

PGA National is 15 minutes from West Palm Beach airport and 45 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, but it’s a world of its own.

TEES RATED FOR WOMEN: Champion Course – White 5,984/76.7/153; Green 5,581/73.5/138; Red 5,145/71.7/136. Palmer Course – White 6,115/75.9/135; Green 5,530/72.8/127; Green/Red Combo 5,220/70.2/124; Red 4,810/68.2/116. Fazio Course – White 6,200/76.5/141; Green 5,560/72.4/131; Green/Red Combo 5,340/71.3/125; Red 5,100/70.1/122. Squire Course – White 6,015/75.7/143; Green 5,438/71.8/132; Red 4,911/69.6/122. Estates Course – White 6,102/76.1/141; Green 5,457/72.6/128; Red 4,975/69.5/117.

AMENITIES: Newly renovated guest rooms, suites and cottages. Restaurants including the casually elegant Palm Terrace, Ironwood Grill, popular IBar, and the traveling gourmet ITruck. Mediterranean-style pool. Waters of the World European Spa. Tennis and workout facilities and two golf academies, with ample practice areas. Well-stocked and women-friendly pro shop. More shopping and attractions nearby, with stylish Worth Avenue and Atlantic Ocean beaches 10-15 minutes away.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime, although best to avoid Champion course maintenance closures the weeks before and after the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic each winter.

*2-2-2 COST: $860, though package prices range greatly depending on season (as low as $89.50 pp including two rounds a golf a day and breakfast in summer)

 –Janina Jacobs

*Approximate price for two nights and two rounds of golf for two guests


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