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Every Ball Counts

I came here every year as a junior golfer since I was 10 years old to play in The Optimist International Junior Golf Championship. By playing in all of the age divisions growing up, I’ve been able to play all of the great courses at PGA National. If you haven’t had the chance to play all five courses, you are really missing something. Because they are all so good, I make sure that I never play the same course twice in a row. It’s very hard for me to pick a favorite of the five courses, but because of a few very memorable experiences, I’m kind of partial to The Champion Course. Last December I was fortunate enough to get through the PGA Tour’s Web.com Qualifying Tournament and earn Fully Exempt Status for this year. The final stage of 6 rounds was held on both The Fazio and Champion courses with my final round of that tournament being played on the Champion Course. Then earlier this year I won The Golf Channel’s Big Break Event. We were on all of the courses during the Big Break but the final day was an 18-hole head to head match on the Champion Course. The thing I remember most about both of those final rounds on the Champion Course is the last hole of each round. I had an eight foot birdie putt on the eighteenth hole of my final round of Q-School and I had an eight foot birdie putt on the seventeenth hole to close out my match to win The Big Break. I have never been more nervous in my life that I was on either of those. There absolutely was no feeling in my hands on either of those putts. So I’ve got some pretty incredible memories on that course. Having spent a week every year at PGA National growing up, then 10 days there in December for the Web.com Qualifying Tournament and 3 weeks for the taping of The Big Break, I’ve really gotten to know the resort. The best part about going to PGA National is that once you set foot on the property, you never have to leave until it’s time to go home. You have great food options no matter how long your stay is. The Ironwood Steak and Seafood Restaurant is second to none. If you are a steak lover like me, you will be hard pressed to find a better steak anywhere else. The pools, workout room and spa are as good as you can find. The hardest part is finding the time to take advantage of everything they have to offer. During one of my episodes of The Big Break, I won a segment that earned me an afternoon in the spa. I even had a pedicure. I never imagined myself having a pedicure but I’ll tell you it was incredibly relaxing. After a long day on the golf course and in the gym, there is no better feeling than being able to come back to the guest room. It is pure comfort. They’ve thought of every detail to make your stay incredible. So make sure your next stay is at PGA National and if you want to improve your golf game, make sure you include the Every Ball Counts Program in your stay. Your friends might not be glad that you did because they won’t be able to beat you anymore but you will sure be glad you did.

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ADMISSION FOR ALL

Visit using the original 1 9 41 entrance on S. Olive Avenue. A transformative expansion is underway. The Museum will remain

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