Golf News for Friday, December 16, 2016 | Resorts

Holiday happenings abound at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Tis the season at PGA National Resort & Spa to enjoy holiday specials and events through its annual "12 Days of PGA" celebration.

Starting Dec. 21, the seasonal fun offers something for the entire family including David Leadbetter golf clinics, trunk shows at the spa, Pickleball round robin tournament, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more. Activities are complimentary for resort guests and room rates start at $255 per night based on availability.

A Christmas day buffet prepared by the culinary experts of the acclaimed Ironwood Steak & Seafood restaurant is available from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy savory entrees like hickory smoked leg of lamb and herb roasted prime rib, sides of stuffing and Yorkshire pudding, and deserts including pecan pie and candied apples. Price per guest is $79 for adults and $30 for children (ages six to 12).

The Ironwood Steak & Seafood will also host a New Year's Eve Dinner on Dec. 31. Beginning at 5 p.m., the chef-inspired menu will feature Florida stone crab claws, grilled bone-in veal chops, dark chocolate brownie sundaes and more. Attendees are encouraged to linger longer as DJ Entertainment and a midnight balloon drop at iBar will ring in the New Year in style. Price per guest starts at $95 for early seating; advanced reservations are recommended.

For guests planning private parties or catered events during the holiday season, two new cocktails inspired by the resort's master mixologists will be available to serve as signature drinks with a seasonal twist. The PGA Rum Harvest features a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, Kahlua, white rum and Baileys while the PGA Whiskey Apple Pie is the perfect complement of cider, lemonade, vanilla vodka and Fireball.

A variety of replenishing holiday-themed treatments are available at the 40,000 square-foot spa, even on Christmas day. Guests can de-stress with the Holiday Spirit Facial using pomegranate polish and a cranberry and grapefruit infused hydrating mask, or treat their feet with a Gingerbread Sugar Pedicure.

"Our guests appreciate all of our holiday activities and seasonal specials - well-earned escapes from daily responsibilities to enjoy year-ending treats," says Greg Saunders, Vice President, Managing Director. "Whether you want to relax in our spa, play golf or take the worry out of preparing Christmas dinner, the team at PGA National Resort & Spa ensures that your holiday stays merry and bright."

For a complete detailed itinerary of special holiday events:

For more on PGA National Resort & Spa:, 561.627.2000.

About PGA National Resort & Spa
Fresh off its comprehensive multi-million dollar revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, spa, vacation and meetings destination. The South Florida locale offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic and legendary "Bear Trap."

A distinguishing highlight at PGA National is its new 33,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club (SRC). The impressive new facility features the latest exercise equipment, indoor racquet ball court, three aerobics studios with new sound systems, five-lane saltwater lap pool, spin room with video road mapping, indoor volleyball court, two Pickleball / POP tennis courts, and19 Har Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). PGA National is also home to the new Johan Kriek Tennis Academy, a world-class training facility run by two-time Australian Open champion Johan Kriek. Elite junior- and high-performance programs focus on stroke production, point construction, match play, video analyses, fitness, gym and mental training.

PGA National offers customized suites ideal for weddings, golf "buddy trips" and spa aficionados. Its numerous multi-use settings include a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas; scenic Lakeside Lawn perfect for receptions; iDeck - a new 3,000-square-foot terrace ideal for indoor / outdoor dining and entertaining; "Bar 91" 19th hole bar and grill; 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference and event space; and eight on-site restaurants and lounges including its acclaimed chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood.

The Spa at PGA National is a 40,000-square-foot oasis of tranquility featuring 32 treatment rooms and areas with 100 diverse treatments, the exclusive "Waters of the World" outdoor mineral pools, full-service salon and relaxing lounge areas.

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

Andy DeKeuster