This week I couldn’t be happier to report that I had the chance to visit PGA Village Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. If you’re like me, a visit to PGA Village is like being a kid in a candy shop!
PGA Village has three courses and an enormous practice area. Golf World’s inaugural Readers Choice Awards named it No. 20 in the list of Top 50 Public Golf Courses. Each course has also earned Audobon International “Signature Santuary” status for maintaining and enhancing the habitat by conserving wildlife.
I started off my day at the PGA Learning Facility, where I had a lesson with one of the Top 100 teachers in the country, Charlie Sorrill. I was fascinated by how he knew how to correct certain parts of my swing in a matter of minutes! He filmed all of my swings and putts, and then we watched it on a computer. Our voices were also recorded and the whole lesson was sent to me via email.
My swing feels better than ever! Apparently I was turning my hips through before I was transferring my weight, but he gave me a lot of great drills to help me work on it.
Here's what you can expect when visiting the Learning Center:
· More than 100 Full-Swing Practice Stations
· World-Class Golf Fitness and Performance Center
· 9 varied Bunkers that Simulate Play from around the World
· Pitching and chipping practice areas
· 7,000 ft² USGA Putting Greens
· Discover Golf Course-a 3-hole Teaching Course
· Golf Fitness Evaluation for Maximum Performance
You have the option to play the Wanamaker Course, the Ryder Course, or the Dye Course at PGA Village Golf Club.
I had the opportunity to play the Dye Course, and it was extraordinary. It was an interesting layout, with open fairways that were protected with plenty of pot and waste bunkers. You can miss it on this course, but those bunkers really give you a run for your money.
I worked myself around the course fairly handily, but the greens are where things got interesting. You can expect the breaks to be subtle on the Dye course. I could stick it next to the flag, but making the birdie putt was a bigger challenge!
I’ll have to go back to Charlie so I can get some more tips on those greens.
Overall, the PGA Village Golf Club is a huge draw for golfers, and every serious player should arrange a trip to see the place for themselves. I’ll make it easy for you.
Reserve a tee time on the Dye Course at the PGA Golf Club TODAY!
If you go…
PGA Golf Club
1916 Perfect Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Hit ‘em straight!