Golf News for Monday, September 24, 2012 | Resorts

PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida opens 'Institute of Performance'

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- PGA National Resort & Spa - home of the PGA TOUR Honda Classic - announces the opening of its comprehensive "Institute of Performance" training facility.

David Donatucci has been named "Director of The Institute of Performance." He was the former Director of Fitness and Performance for the PGA of America. The institute will provide advanced methods of sport-specific training, nutritional counseling, and education to enable athletes to reach full potential and goals.

The focus will be centered on four core programs: national and collegiate team training and consulting; elite player development; onsite educational conferences; and recreational golfer improvement.

With scores of top golf professionals on his resume, Donatucci currently works with 2010 U.S. Amateur Champion Peter Uihlein, LPGA standout Stacy Lewis, 2011 British Amateur Champion Bryden Macpherson, and 2011 Florida High School Class 2A Champion Richard Donegan.

"Our goal for the new facility is to not only help the best players in the world reach their highest potential, but anyone who plays the game and wants to improve," says Donatucci. "Whether training to win the Masters, U.S. Open, LPGA money title or a club championship, we'll design an ideal regimen for peak performance and success."

"David's vast expertise in golf and fitness development will help cement PGA National as the premier golf training destination in the U.S." says Joel Paige, vice president and managing director. "When combining the Institute of Performance with our TOUR-quality practice facilities, David Leadbetter and Dave Pelz golf academies, five exceptional layouts, and championship level club-fitting, we've got all the ingredients needed to achieve excellence."

For more information on PGA National Resort & Spa visit www.pgaresort.com, or call (800) 533.9386.

About PGA National Resort & Spa
PGA National Resort & Spa is a premier golf, vacation and meeting destination. The South Florida locale offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses, including the famed Champion course, home to the PGA TOUR Honda Classic and past host of the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and a litany of other prized professional golf tournaments.

Other distinguishing features include a world-class 33,000 square-foot health-and-racquet club with 19 Har-Tru tennis courts, 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference space and nine on-site restaurants and lounges.

PGA National Resort & Spa's myriad accolades include:
• AAA--Four Diamond Resort (2011)
• Golfweek -- Best You Can Play State by State (No. 5, 2012)
• Golfweek -- Best Tour Courses You Can Play (No. 28, 2011)
• Golfing Magazine - "World's Top 5 Multi-Course Venues" (2011)
• About.com -- "No. 1 Golf Resort in Florida" (2011)
• GOLF Magazine -- Top 100 Premier Resorts -- Silver Award Winner (2011)
• GOLF Magazine -- Premier Resorts Green Award Winner (2011)
• Golf World -- Top 50 Resorts (2010)
• Successful Meetings -- Pinnacle Award Winner (2011)
• The Knot -- Best of Weddings (2012)

Conveniently located within easy driving distances of major Florida population centers, the AAA Four Diamond resort is a 15-minute drive from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 90 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA).

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Shane Sharp
Buffalo Communications
704.519.8381
ssharp@buffalocommunications.com

David Wood
Buffalo Communications
703.635.0577 (cell)
dwood@buffalocommunications.com