One of Florida’s great golf meccas is PGA National Resort & Spa, with its five great courses including the Champion Course, host to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic every spring.
Did you know that PGA National also features programs from the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, plus tour-caliber custom club fitting in the PGA National Club Fitting Lab? Yes, that’s part of the golf bonanza too.
But golf isn’t all the Palm Beach Gardens destination has going for it. PGA National is a complete vacation destination, fresh off a $100 million revitalization. From a bustling tennis complex to pools to fantastic restaurants and lounges, this is one of those resorts where you park the car and don’t see it again until you leave.
This summer, PGA National wants families to take advantage of it all with some great deals. From now through Sept. 30, children 12 and under receive free breakfast at the Palm Terrace restaurant and free golf after 2 p.m. with a paying adult resort guest. I love that -- if a youngster wants to play just a few holes and then ride with mom or dad in the cart, it's all good since it's free.
Also, through Sept. 30, Florida residents can stay at PGA National for rates starting at $127 per room, per night, plus resort fees and taxes. As we always say here, less money on the room equals more money for golf and whatever else fits your fancy on a vacation.
- At Streamsong Resort, south of Lakeland, six- and 12-hole rounds are now available on either of its two courses on any day after 2 p.m. A six-hole round combined with a great dinner at Fifty-Nine, the fine steak and seafood restaurant in the clubhouse, starts at $99. Call the Streamsong golf shop at 863-428-1000 for more information and reservations.
- The Breakers Palm Beach, from now through Oct. 31, has discounted rooms available with daily complimentary benefits including free continental breakfast buffet, kids’ meals and day camps (for ages 3-12) and unlimited fitness classes and use of tennis courts. Golf fees are deeply discounted also, depending on when you’re visiting. From June 5-30, both the Rees Jones and Ocean courses are $135 for 18 holes and $100 for nine holes. From July 1-Sept. 30, both are $65 for 18 or 9. From Oct. 1-31, both are $140/$110 (18/9 holes). Carts are included in all rates. For more information, visit The Breakers website.
- Through the end of the year, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples has a “Golf Fore You” package that starts at $249 and includes accommodations, one round at Tiburon including cart and tax and a $50 credit per person toward a private lesson at the TOUR Academy. There’s also unlimited same-day play and complimentary TaylorMade club rental. The same package starts at $399 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, on the Gulf of Mexico. Adding a second golfer increases the savings. For more information, call The Ritz-Carlton at 800-576-5704 or visit ritzcarlton.com/resortsofnaples.
- Through Sept. 30, with a minimum two-night stay, 11 of Greater Fort Lauderdale's finest properties are offering a “Vacation like a VIP” signature package, which includes a room upgrade, $100 resort credit, $25 American Express Gift Card, complimentary resort valet parking, complimentary valet parking at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills, along with complimentary glass of Prosecco for two at Villagio Ristorante, and a Summer Savings 2-for-1 card, valued at $200. Among the 11 properties are Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Weston and the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, each of which have golf facilities. For more information about participating resorts and the package, visit the VIP page here on the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB website. All packages are bookable through the individual resorts’ websites.
- The historic Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, built in 1925 by Donald Ross, has a package starting at $354 per night (single or double occupancy), including unlimited play on the course and full use of the practice facility. For more information, visit The Biltmore’s website.
- The Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, which hosts the pros every March in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, is offering a "Bucket List" package including a lodge room, full breakfast and choice of a round of golf or spa treatment. Guests also receive a gift upon check-in and an umbrella pin, for $171-$263 per person per night based on double occupancy, plus taxes, with pricing varying with the seasons. For reservations, call 888-422-9445 or visit www.bayhill.com.
- The Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando is offering a “Tee To Green” all-inclusive package, where one flat rate includes accommodations, unlimited daily play on 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus-designed golf, all meals including room service and on-course hospitality carts, resort fees and other activities. The package starts at $375 per person per night (double occupancy) through September. For more information, call 877-330-7377 or see the website.
- A good place to start if you're looking for Northeast Florida deals is Florida's First Coast of Golf, a not-for-profit that exists to promote all the great golf from Amelia Island to Palm Coast and all points in between. Bookmark their deals page and check it regularly for a variety of stay-and-plays.