Original golf course at PGA National gets makeover by Fazio -- Tom II, that is
While the Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa gets most of the recognition – and deservedly so – there are four other golf courses at this South Florida resort that are worthwhile plays, too. And the original course there, the Haig Course, just got considerably better after it reopened this week.
The Haig was designed by George and Tom Fazio as a tribute to five-time PGA champion Water Haig. At 32 years old now, it had become a little dated and worn out.
This time, though, it wasn’t Tom, but his nephew, Tom II, who took on the challenge of bringing The Haig up to date and on par with the rest of the courses at the resort. The younger Fazio lists Quail Valley Golf Club (Vero Beach, Fla.), Eagle Marsh (Jenson Beach, Fla.), Trump National (Bedminster, N.J.), Trump National (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and Great River (Milford, Conn.) on his resume. Upon reopening, the course was renamed “The Fazio.”
“Tom has a wonderful vision for the course with a combination of old- and new-school design concepts,” said Lukus Harvey, director of agronomy at PGA National. “He’s the epitome of a ‘hands-on’ course architect and we’re thrilled to partner with him on this seminal project.”
The original par-72 routing remains intact, but it was lengthened a little to more than 7,000 yards.
Additionally, total green surface increased by nearly 70 percent, and the greens were converted to TifEagle.
Tees and fairways were also regrassed with Celebration Bermuda. And the course also got reconfigured tee boxes and new irrigation.
The new golf course is just one more among many reasons for a golf vacation at PGA National. With its world class spa, tennis, nine restaurants and recent renovations to the resort, the home of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic is one of the premier golf destinations in the U.S.
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