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The Champion

One of the Best Golf Courses in the US

Do you have what it takes to conquer “The Champ?” Considered one of the toughest tests on the PGA TOUR, The Champion golf course at PGA National Resort is 7,045 yards of peril, with tricky South Florida winds constantly causing havoc, and seemingly tranquil water penalty areas lurking throughout — ready to strike down even the world’s best golfers. Home of The Cognizant Classic and The Bear Trap, The Champion is a must-play on any avid golfer’s list.

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GET AHEAD OF THE GAME

Tour The Champion

Set yourself up for success with a tour of The Champion golf course, and get Champion tips from a Leadbetter Certified Instructor.

TeeGenderYardageParRatingSlope
BlackMens70457275.4144
GoldMens67277273.6142
BlueMens63737271.9136
WhiteMens59847270.3133
GreenMens55817267.0125
WhiteLadies59847276.4141
GreenLadies55817272.4132
RedLadies51457271.3130

Champion History in the Making

Originally designed by Tom and George Fazio for major tournament play, The Champion was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2014 and hosts the PGA TOUR’s Cognizant Classic each spring. It features The Bear Trap, which spans three demanding holes designed by Nicklaus, and is called “one of the toughest stretches in golf.” Listen to the designer describe it in his own words.

According to a story by The New York Times, “The Champion’s layout at PGA National is 7,045 yards of venom, a king cobra of a course that rises without warning to strike down the world’s best golfers. Snake charmers may have a better chance of taming it than the players at The Honda Classic.”

Fortunately, our Champion golf course has five sets of tees to make the course more playable for golfers of all levels. However, even though the course has generous landing areas and spacious and accepting TifEagle greens, golfers are presented with course management challenges throughout the round. It’s unquestionably one of the best golf courses in Florida and the entire country!

PGA National Golf Instruction & Services

Professional Lessons

As a leader in golf instruction, PGA National Resort offers a variety of lessons and training techniques for every skill level, every age. Take strokes off your game with our world-class training programs.

David Leadbetter coaching Trevor Immelman

Pro Shop

Choose from one of the nation’s largest variety of golf and sports attire with designer and traditional brands. Our creative retail staff can also help you customize and order clothing, equipment, prizes, and gift items for groups.

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Golf Groups

Our PGA National Resort golf specialists make it easy to create the perfect golf getaway for your group — be it a customized corporate tournament for colleagues or a friendly golf competition with your college buddies.

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Club Fitting

We want you to play better golf. In fact, that’s why we’ve partnered with the world’s largest independent club fitters. So you can feel confident you’re going to receive the best golf clubs for you and your game.

David Leadbetter golf swing
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Five Championship Courses, One Resort

Immaculately groomed fairways and fast greens have inspired championship play at PGA National Resort since its opening in 1981. The famed 1983 Ryder Cup, decades of dramatic PGA Senior Championships, and years of exciting PGA Cognizant Classic challenges have made PGA National the site of many of golf’s most memorable moments and famous players. Isn’t it time for you to come out and play?

  • Golf Offers & Packages

  • Champion Course
    Golf, Stay

    Cognizant Classic Experience

    Stay with us at PGA National Resort and experience one of the premier golfing events on the PGA Tour. Enjoy a newly transformed guestroom during Cognizant Classic stay. Add tickets at checkout.

  • Premium Two Bedroom Cottage bed
    Family, Golf, Stay

    Extended Stay Offer

    Extend your stay and enjoy 30% when you stay 7+ nights in a beautifully-transformed suite or private 2-bedroom cottage.

  • Experience, Golf, Stay

    Gold Golf Experience

    Treat yourself to this gem of a package, featuring luxury accommodations, breakfast each day, and golf daily on your choice of championship course.

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    Powered by Champions Package

    Learn how to golf like a pro with this golf vacation package featuring accommodations, three hours of instruction, and a round of golf each day.