PGA National Resort & Spa’s oldest golf course (The Haig) got a makeover during the summer by famed golf architect Tom Fazio II. The original Haig course, opened in 1980, and designed by George and Tom Fazio, was a tribute to five-time PGA champion Walter Hagen. The course was closed in April to prepare for a $1 million renovation. The greens and tee boxes were reconfigured but the original par-72 routing was kept in tact, a mix of classic golf architecture with modern design. The golf course was lengthened to over 7,000 yards and the bunkers were reshaped. Like the original design, water is still a prominent feature and it is still a shot-maker’s layout that requires accuracy and good course management. The South Florida Golf Magazine was invited to the grand opening and here is our players review.
- The Fazio Course
- PGA National – Palm Beach Gardens
- Key Playing Holes
Hole #4 (Par-5) 566 yards
The first of the Par 5s and my all time favorite hole in this track starts with a gentle rolling fairway that quickly turns to the left and right (“s” shaped turn) There are hazards to the right side of the fairway but generally these new fairways are wide enough that you can pull your driver. Like with the rest of the golf course this is a “shot makers” paradise, think and measure every shot and never try to over power the course. Fazio has done a remarkable job and the views are now spectacular. My second shot landed around 80 yards before the green. I usually like 90 – 100 yards so I can use my Sand Wedge but I was able to manage a decent third shot to within 6’ off the pin. The green is now bigger and very undulating and I am sure it will cause all kind of headaches. This is a very difficult hole that demands 100% concentration…. Be extra careful!
Hole #13 (Par -3) 159 yards
The first of the par-3s in the back nine and the easiest rated hole in the course awaits. This new tee boxes sure help! They has to be at least 40% bigger than the old ones. Take advantage an score well in this easy hole. Be careful with the wind as it may or may not affect the trajectory and distance of your shot.
Hole #18 (Par-4) 456 yards
The 18th hole demands 2 excellent shots. On this day I drove my ball passed the 200 yards marker. The crosswind was very strong and I struggled with my long second shot. From the fairway you are not able to appreciate the well guarded undulating green. My second shot landed short into the deep bunkers to the left. I manage to come out but failed to make par. What a great finishing hole!
We are just mesmerized at all the changes Tom Fazio II was able to accommodate to make this a truly tournament golf course. All tee boxes are now 40% bigger and in immaculate shape. Most if now all greens are also bigger and more undulating than before the renovation. I invite all local players to test and enjoy this new masterpiece. Standards and luxury are kept very high inside this facility, The Fazio Golf Course is a must play!
- Courteous and knowledgeable staff
- Great pace of play
- Well maintained course manicured to perfection
- World class facilities, driving range, clubhouse, etc.
- Great 19th Hole
- New greens are very firm (and will be like that until they mature) be extra careful on your approaches.
Overall Rating 9.5/10