PGA National Resort & Spa Hosts GOLF Channel Am Tour National Championships
1,200 Players to Compete on Four Acclaimed Layouts Including Famed Champion Course
(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.)–PGA National Resort & Spa– South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces it will host the GOLF Channel Am Tour National Championships on Sept. 17 – 26.
The GOLF Channel Am Tour National Championships are a culmination of a year of 700 qualifying tournaments with more than 6,000 amateur golfers of all ages and skill levels competing in an authentic tour-quality experience on top U.S. courses. The Open National Championship at PGA National will be held Sept. 17 – 20. The Senior National Championship for ages 55 and higher will take place on Sept. 23 – 26.
The participants of both divisions will play four of the legendary South Florida destination’s five acclaimed layouts: The Champion, The Palmer, The Fazio and The Squire. The celebrated Jack Nicklaus-designed Champion Course is the annual host of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and former Ryder Cup venue.
The Champion underwent a recent renovation and reopened in late 2018 to rave reviews. The challenging layout is perhaps best known for its renowned “Bear Trap” – a series of three demanding holes many considered the toughest stretch in the game. The resort’s superb Palmer Course reopened in late 2017 after undergoing its own lauded renovation.
The format for both the Open and Senior division championships is a 72-hole, individual stroke-play competition with no cut. Twelve competitors in six flights – six from the Senior division and six from the Open division – will be crowned national champions in official awards ceremonies immediately following the conclusion of the respective tournaments.
Competitors will additionally have the opportunity to meet several NBC Sports / GOLF Channel on-air personalities including Rich Lerner, Lauren Thompson and Alexandra O’Laughlin.
Long revered as on the top golf destinations in the U.S., PGA National also offers the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and David Pelz Scoring Game School for individual instruction and group clinics; Every Ball Counts – the world’s first science-based, statistics-driven training system for golf improvement offered at its off-site Estates Course; and state-of-the-art club fitting at Cool Club.
The resort’s expansive 40,000-square-foot European-style spa is renowned as the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa recently underwent a revitalization to its pool deck complete with new furnishings as well as renovation of the sleek ladies’ lounge and wet room including all new sauna, steam rooms, indoor Jacuzzi and locker rooms.
Resort guests can also enjoy the new high-tech 33,000-square-foot Sports & Racquet Club featuring a wide array of fitness activities and classes including pickle ball and tennis on the 18 Har Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). Not to be missed is the striking zero-entry pool, chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood restaurant, and chic iBAR in its glamorous lobby.
For more on PGA National Resort & Spa: www.pgaresort.com, 800.863.2819.
About PGA National Resort & Spa
Located in South Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, vacation, meetings and spa destination. Few golf courses have a pedigree as storied as does The Champion. Its vaunted 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 considered the toughest stretch in the game.
The renowned destination also features four added premier championship layouts: The Palmer, The Fazio, The Squire and The Estates. The transformed Palmer Course, originally designed by legendary Arnold Palmer, reopened in 2017 after undergoing a comprehensive renovation. Additionally, PGA National offers the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and David Pelz Scoring Game School for individual instruction and group clinics; Every Ball Counts – the world’s first science-based, statistics-driven training system for golf improvement; and state-of-the-art Cool Clubs club fitting.
A distinguishing highlight is the new 33,000-square-foot Sports & Racquet Club. The Spa, a 40,000-square-foot oasis of tranquility, features 32 treatment rooms and 100 treatments. The AAA Four Diamond resort features nine on-site dining options including its acclaimed Ironwood Steak & Seafood. The property is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
About GOLF CHANNEL Am Tour
As the world’s largest amateur golf tour, GOLF Channel Am Tour is open to the public and provides the most professional tournament experience for players of all ages and abilities, as well as offering unparalleled access to some of the most renowned and challenging golf courses across the country. Divided into 55 local chapters throughout North America and a separate tour in Australia, the GOLF Channel Am Tour conducts more than 700 local championships and two-day “Major” Championships throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Australia each year. For more information about the GOLF Channel Am Tour, visit www.gcamtour.com for North America and www.golfamtour.com.au for Australia.