PGA National Resort & Spa For Family (Holiday) Fun

PGA National Resort & Spa For Family (Holiday) Fun

The holidays are best spent with #family, I think. And what better place for family than #Florida? While we don't celebrate, the Christmas decor at the PGA National Resort was outstanding, and I even saw my first carol concert! And the best part is, the weather is still nice enough for #swimming!


Every year when visiting my parents for the holidays in December we like to go away as a family for a couple of nights to the neighboring resorts in South Florida.

This year we chose PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach. Visiting West Palm Beach, we have passed this resort many times and of course have heard of it since PGA and golfing is practically the national sport of Florida. So, needless to say, I was super excited that we were able to visit and truly enjoy it this past year.

A Christmas tree set up in front of PGA National Resort
A Christmas tree set up in front of PGA National Resort

Since we don’t celebrate Christmas, we decided to stay there for Christmas Eve and Day. And this in itself was a huge treat.

Family Fun And Tour Of PGA National Resort And Spa

Even though the majority of the activities and events at the resort are golf oriented, it was great to see how many family things they had going on as well.

A gorgeous tree on the property provided plenty of opportunities for the kids to play
A gorgeous tree on the property provided plenty of opportunities for the kids to play

Here’s a quick tour of what to see and do at the resort (plus holiday fun):

from  $288.41

Hotel PGA National Resort and Spa

 400 Avenue Of The Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States
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Sunrise Paddle Boards

Jet Ski Tour

The room – our room was huge. I wasn’t expecting that at all. Our room had a huge living space, dining area, and balcony.

What a great space!
What a great space!
Jumping from bed to bed will always be fun
Jumping from bed to bed will always be fun

In Room Services – room service is good into late evening, if you’re too lazy to get up from your cozy couch (like we were).

A fantastic in room service set up
A fantastic in room service set up

The Lobby – I normally don’t write too much about lobbies of hotels, since we mainly just use them to walk through.

The beautifully decorated lobby at the PGA National
The beautifully decorated lobby at the PGA National

For some reason, we ended up enjoying this lobby a lot. Some activities were in the lobby, plus it was simply a great place to lounge out.

A poinsettia tree filled the lobby with holiday cheer
A poinsettia tree filled the lobby with holiday cheer

And for Christmas Eve they had carolers. Little confession, I have never seen live Christmas carolers before, so this was a fun treat for me as well as the kids.

My first time experiencing carolers
My first time experiencing carolers

Pool Time – this was by far our favorite part of staying here.

The pool is open from early morning to around 10 pm.

The pool was gorgeous, even when the sun was no longer out
The pool was gorgeous, even when the sun was no longer out
Plenty of chairs for lounging and palms for shade
Plenty of chairs for lounging and palms for shade
A bit of entertainment by the pool
A bit of entertainment by the pool

Restaurants Of PGA National Resort

The hotel has quite a few restaurants. We got to enjoy two of them.

Palm Terrace – this is where the breakfast buffet is held and it’s a great place.

Palm Terrace restaurant, where we had breakfast
Palm Terrace restaurant, where we had breakfast
Mr. and Mrs. Claus!
Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

Waves Restaurant – this restaurant is located right by the pool and is open mainly for lunch. The day we were there they had a lunch buffet – BBQ style.

A BBQ buffet was a tasty lunch from Waves
A BBQ buffet was a tasty lunch from Waves

Plus, I loved their bucket Mojitos – and yes I did finish it all (only took me five hours to do so).

A bucket mojito, the perfect poolside accompaniment 
A bucket mojito, the perfect poolside accompaniment 

The Spa – This is one of their biggest attractions and it is open to the public. It practically works separately of the hotel. It is 40,000 square feet of goodness.

Basically, it is a full service spa with over 150 treatments. Manicures, hair salon, pedicures and so much more.

If you want any sort of spa services, this is your place
If you want any sort of spa services, this is your place

They even have an area where it is adult only for swimming and enjoying tranquility.

The adults only pool is a game changer!
The adults only pool is a game changer!

Health And Racquetball And Tennis Club

The Tennis here is as popular as the golf. However, it is also a full on gym.

The PGA National Health and Racquet Club
The PGA National Health and Racquet Club

They have a full gym and also a gym just for personal trainers.

A much bigger gym than at other resorts I've seen
A much bigger gym than at other resorts I've seen

And a lap pool so you don’t get hit by kids playing.

If swimming is your poison, here's the place to practice
If swimming is your poison, here's the place to practice

Golf at PGA is really what it is all about. Being the number one stop of the PGA tournament of the Honda Classic the courses here are world class.

History of PGA Resort and Golf Course

PGA opened their first course in 1981.

It hosted the Ryder Cup in 1983.

Another highlight of its history was the 1987 PGA Championship – when Larry Nelson won his second PGA Championship.

Between 1982 and 2000 PGA National Resort & Spa has hosted some of golf’s most memorable moments, many of which happened during Senior PGA Championships- From “The Champ’s” debut in 1982 to Doug Tewell’s historical win in 2000.

The Honda Classic

Founded in 1972 as the Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic

The Honda Classic is a PGA TOUR golf tournament played each March.

In 1981, American Motors (AMC) backed the tournament, but in 1982, Honda took over the title sponsorship.

After years of moving from course to course, the tournament found its home in 2007 on PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion course.

Sprawling golf course
Sprawling golf course

Golf Academy

The PGA National Golf Academy ranks as one of the top golf schools in Florida.

The PGA National Golf Academy was established with the help of David Leadbetter, Dave Pelz, a staff of PGA-certified pros and a TOUR-level Club Fitting Lab.

Golfing with gorgeous weather
Golfing with gorgeous weather

The Golf Courses

The Champion

PGA toughest course

Home of the Honda Classic

Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa was re-designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1990.

This South Florida golf resort course has five sets of tees to make the course more playable for golfers of all levels.

Considered one of Florida’s most notable golf challenges.

The Palmer

Named after its designer, Arnold Palmer

One of the more forgiving courses at PGA

The Palmer has a great series of finishing holes, with the 18th being one of the most scenic on the property.

The Fazio (formerly known as The Haig)

The Fazio is a reinvention of The Haig, PGA’s original 18-hole course that opened in 1980.

The Haig was designed by George and Tom Fazio in tribute to five-time PGA champion Walter Hagen.

Its renovation is being led by third-generation designer Tom Fazio II.

The Squire

Named after the immortal Gene Sarazen, the first golfer ever to win the professional Grand Slam

Also known as “the thinking man’s course”.

It requires a lot of accuracy and precision.

The Squire is the shortest and most exacting of the courses at PGA.

The Squire is surrounded by natural areas teeming with vegetation and wildlife – the 5th hole even runs along part of a wilderness preserve.

The Estates

The Estates course offers a mix of challenging and docile holes.

The course sets up for any level of player as it is one of the shorter courses at PGA.

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