Reunion Resort is one of the golf meccas of Central Florida, with 54 holes of golf designed by legends Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson, and the ANNIKA Academy, Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam’s hands-on teaching facility.
Reunion’s status as a destination wasn’t lost on the North Florida PGA, which will now call the resort home.
The North Florida PGA, the fourth-largest of the 41 PGA sections nationwide (comprising 27,000 men and women golf professionals in the world’s largest working sports organization), had searched for 18 months for more a central location for its headquarters. The section covers 42 counties from Tallahassee to Jacksonville in the north, and North Port to Melbourne in the south, and includes 650 golf facilities and 1,500 professionals.
Its search ended at Reunion, part of the Salamander Hotels and Resorts family, which in Florida includes Innisbrook and Hammock Beach. Never before has a PGA section chosen a resort as its home base.
“Salamander has a commitment to grow the game of golf and respects its traditions,” said Sheila Johnson, Salamander’s founder and CEO and a recent appointee to the United States Golf Association’s executive committee. “We are very excited that Reunion was selected by the North Florida PGA as its new home. This decision enriches the message we are consistently delivering at all our Salamander golf resorts.”
As part of the North Florida PGA’s agreement with Reunion, several community and growth-of-the-game initiatives will be announced in the coming months, including junior, military, diversity and charitable efforts. The North Florida PGA Foundation will continue its popular “Putting on Smiles”, a children’s hospital initiative, and “Adaptive Golf” for wounded veterans.
“Since we began the search for a new home, we have been inspired by the motto: ‘for the good of the game, together,’” North Florida PGA executive director and CEO Rich Smith said. “Collectively, we have all pledged to chart a course to serve the game of golf and its communities. Reunion Resort is the perfect fit.”