PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, will open its new nine-hole course, designed by Andy Staples, on 30 June.
‘The Staple’ sits on land previously occupied by the former Squire layout’s first and eighteenth holes, which played parallel to each other. This nine-hole layout has holes ranging from 48 to 130 yards. Designed as a figure of eight, the routing has two sets of crossing holes – the second and third, and the seventh and eighth.
“Our goal for The Staple course was to combine classic course architecture attributes with a contemporary reimagined approach by highlighting playability, a quicker pace of play, and simply creating an enjoyable golf experience for all,” said Staples. “We think guests are going to love The Staple course so much they’ll want to play it multiple times in the same day.”
Opening later this summer is the resort’s new ‘Match’ course, a reworking of the other 16 holes of the Squire course, with two short holes added to create an 18-hole course that plays to 5,744 yards.
Read more: Andy Staples discusses short courses in the cover story of the Summer 2021 issue of By Design.
The Staple and Match courses are part of an $100 million investment into the resort.
“Andy Staples’ incredible vision for both our new Staple course and upcoming Match course are beyond exciting additions to our world-class golf amenities,” said Jane Broderick, PGA National’s director of golf. “From playing the Champion course just like the PGA Tour superstars do annually in the Honda Classic to savouring the joys of The Staple, we offer an array of exceptional golf courses and amenities few resort destinations can equal.”