PGA Golf Club Ryder Course Renovation PDF Print E-mail




By Jason Bruno

On a sunny and cool mid-December morning, PGA Golf Club showed off

its newly renovated Ryder Course to the golf media. PGA Golf Club is

the main attraction at PGA Village, the flagship property of the PGA of

America - located in Port St.Lucie, Florida (less than a two-hour drive

from Orlando and Miami and is just under an hour from West Palm Beach).

The home to 3 distinct golf course designs by Pete Dye (Dye Course),

Tom Fazio (Ryder) and Jim Fazio (Wannamker). The in-house renovation

project on the Ryder Course was led by 2016 Superintendent of the Year

Dick Gray.







Along the first tee these plaques commemorate past Ryder Cup











Named after Samuel Ryder (founder of the Ryder Cup), the Ryder Course

features a Carolina style setting where many of the holes gently traverse

through mature stands of Slash and Loblolly Pines. The Tom Fazio design

features numerous lakes and ponds along its fairways and green complexes,

many of which come into play. The Ryder Course renovation is the final piece

of a $10 million multi-year property-wide investment to upgrade every element -

from the clubhouse to last blade of turf on each of the courses.


“Our dedicated staff has accomplished an impressive transformation that

cements PGA Golf Club as a top golf destination in Florida,” says Jimmy

Terry, PGA Senior General Manager. “The stunning renovations are shining

examples of our dedication to providing great course conditions day in and

day out to our club and PGA members, as well as guests.”










The routing on the new edition of the Ryder remains unchanged,

however, all of the bunkers have been updated and new drainage

installed. Turf throughout has been replaced - Paspalum tees,

Celebration fairways and Tif-eagle greens provide an eclectic mix

of turfgrass - each specialized for a specific playing application.

Perhaps the two best examples of the renovation work and Tom

Fazio's design, come back to back at the par 5 fourth and par 3 fifth.









The tee box here on the left to right 484 yard par 5 - fourth is easily one

of our favorite and no doubt is among the most beautiful in South Florida.

The ideal line here is the dip in the tree line (W shape), with a slight cut

shot. Be sure to check the wind here and adjust accordingly. Anything

solid just inside the bunker line leaves a tasty risk reward proposition -

whether to lay up or go for the green . . .








The new green complex at the fourth was moved slightly left and given

a Dye style bulkhead.










If the fourth rewards power and courage, the 137 yard par 3 - fifth

is a brilliant challenge of your precision and restraint. The shortest

hole on the course will repel the greedy pin seeker, especially when

the pin is front left as it is here (shown above), play for the center

of the green and take your chances with the flatstick.









This image of the left to right finisher gives a great visual of the beauty

and style of the property at PGA Village. On the Ryder course all tees

have been framed by ornamental grasses (above).









A look at the approach on the last, shows off Fazio's signature bunkers.









What was a golf

property in decline

and disarray five

years ago, is now

back on the map

as of one of the

nation's most

memorable golf


Recent upgrades

to nearly every

facet of the property

- all three courses

(at PGA Golf Club)

along with the

clubhouse and dining

facilities is no minor


A big kudos to what

GM Jimmy Terry,

Agronomist Dick Gray

and staff have been

able to do here in

such a short period

of time.














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