Golf News for Thursday, October 12, 2006 | Courses

PGA Golf Club marks reopening with dedication of Ryder, Wanamaker Courses

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA Golf Club, The PGA of America’s award-winning golf facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will rename two of its signature courses as the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses as part of dedication ceremonies which showcase the first phase of a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital improvement program.

The PGA Golf Club, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is committed to being one of the premier daily-fee golf facilities in the country. The dedication ceremonies were held Oct. 11, with a special members' invitational; and conclude Oct. 12, with a media outing and news conference.

The improvement program will touch on all elements of the facility, which features two Tom Fazio and one Pete Dye-designed courses. The Dye Course improvement program begins in 2007.

Fazio designed the Ryder Course (formerly the North) and the Wanamaker Course (formerly the South), which feature a conversion of all putting surfaces to Champion Ultra Dwarf, the refurbishment of bunkers, enhanced drainage to improve the overall playing experience; and a major addition to landscaping.

The Ryder Course, named in honor of Samuel Ryder – the namesake for the Ryder Cup – has been extended 30 yards to 7,056 from the championship tees. In addition to other designations and honors, The Ryder Course has been rated the past two years by Golf For Women magazine in its “Top 50 Courses for Women.”

The Wanamaker Course, named after Rodman Wanamaker, the man who in 1916 sparked the founding of The PGA of America, was lengthened 26 yards, and plays to 7,102 from its championship tees. The course earned a berth in Golf Digest’s “Best New Affordable Courses in America,” and GOLF Magazine’s “The Top 10 Courses You Can Play.”

“Our goal has been to keep pace with the changes that are necessary in all golf facilities, and to provide the PGA experience that the customer has come to expect,” said PGA of America Vice President Brian Whitcomb. “The PGA Golf Club has a beautiful template, and this program has been to freshen it up a bit. We are fortunate to have Tom Fazio working closely with us and meeting the needs of change.”

The only PGA-owned and operated public golf facility, PGA Golf Club’s trio of courses – The Ryder, Wanamaker and Dye Course – carry Audubon International Signature status for its compliance with environmental requirements. The Ryder and Wanamaker Courses opened for play in 1996, and the Dye Course in 1999.

“We at Fazio Golf Course Designers are tremendously pleased with the renovation work that has occurred this summer at the PGA Golf Club,” said Tom Fazio. “The re-grassing and bunker restoration work will provide both golf courses with the finest state-of-the-art playing conditions possible. We were ecstatic to hear that the courses have been titled the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses. It is a true honor for us to be a part of The PGA family.”

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, The PGA of America was founded in 1916, and is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

Jamie Carbone