After extensive renovation, PGA National Resort & Spa, the home of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic was officially re-opened. The Palmer is one of five courses at the property in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and the changes were implemented in concert with the Arnold Palmer Design Company.
All 62 bunkers were reshaped and modernized – particularly to improve sight lines off the tee and for approach shots into greens – while tee boxes were added, all greens were rebuilt and fairways got new turf.
Brandon Johnson, who oversaw the changes as a senior golf course architect for the Arnold Palmer Design Company, said the goal was to build upon the principles of the original design, while also making key aesthetic, agronomic and strategic improvements.
“The changes will meet the demands of the modern game and subtly reflect how our company’s design philosophy has evolved since originally opening the course in 1984,” Johnson says.
Palmer originally opened the course just months after winning the PGA Senior Championship at the Champion Course at PGA National.