PGA VILLAGE IN PORT ST. LUCIE, FL
Where Golf's Past, Present & Future Come Together

Story & Photos by: Ed & Fran Stone

This resort is ranked 75th by Golf Digest as one of the best. PGA Village is home to the PGA Golf Club, PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, The PGA Museum of Golf, PGA Education Center and the nearby PGA Country Club.

The average golfer may not be aware of PGA Village featuring 54 holes of golf created by Pete Dye and Tom Fazio in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This resort is ranked 75th by Golf Digest as one of the best. PGA Village is home to the PGA Golf Club, PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, The PGA Museum of Golf (home to golf’s four major Championship trophies), PGA Education Center and the nearby PGA Country Club. We were excited to experience this place where golfer’s dreams comes true. 

Jimmy Terry
General Manager
PGA Village

PGA Village is overseen under the watchful eyes of Jimmy Terry, General Manager. This most affable gent has more than a quarter-century of management experience including service as PGA Senior General Manager for PGA Tour Golf Course Properties at both TPC San Antonio and TPC Harding Park, in San Francisco. Terry took over the reigns in 2013 as the General Manager for the PGA of America’s flagship facility, PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida. 

PGA Village encompasses 54 holes of championship golf designed by legends Tom Fazio and Pete Dye at PGA Golf Club; the 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance golf practice, instruction, fitness and technology park; the onsite PGA Museum of Golf, home to golf’s four major Championship trophies; and the nearby private PGA Country Club. 

The PGA Museum entices you to immerse yourself in the history of the Professional Golf Association’s almost 100-year history. The 8,300 square foot facility opened in February 2003. Here you gain in-depth knowledge of and appreciation for the history of the PGA and the game itself. There is a wealth of history pertaining to golf’s four major Championship trophies. You’ll see the workbench of Donald Ross and the many famous golfers who populate the PGA Hall of Fame including: PGA Past President Allen Wronowski, African-American golf pioneers Jimmie DeVoe and Bill Powell, playing and teaching legend Bob Toski, and dozens of others. For more information: www.PGA.com/museum. That’s the past. 

Three beautiful and outstanding golf courses of 54 holes await your play on two of Tom Fazio’s best along with one of Pete Dye’s toughest. These two golf course architects happen to be my favorites and having spent some time with Fazio, I’ve come to know he is going to present some of golf’s best challenges when you play his courses. The last Pete Dye course we played was the one in French Lick, Indiana and that one will bring the best of golfers to their knees. That’s the present. 

Holly Taylor
Director of Operations at The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance
The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is state-of-the-art, 35-acre facility

Need to sharpen your game, improve your swing…or learn to play this game we call GOLF? PGA Village may have one of the best and finest performance and learning centers…ANYWHERE. Holly Taylor, PGA Professional, is the person in charge at this state-of-the-art, 35-acre facility. As the Director of Operations at The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, she has been here since 2008. Prior to then, she was head professional at courses in Massachusetts. They were South Shore Country Club, Olde Scotland Links, Rockland Golf Course and Waverly Oaks Golf Club. Holly manages the best in golf training and teaching at the 23,650-square-foot building. Her staff will teach up to 450 students at any given time. Offering everything from physical & mental conditioning to all the different swing patterns, grip, stance…you name it and if it relates to how best play the game, they teach it. One of their ace teachers, Steve Bosdosh, PGA Professional attempted to give us a lesson to correct, “hooding” the driver and short-range chipping. He is great! Got us swinging like pros…well, almost. This is YOUR future in playing better golf and enjoying the game.

Perfect Drive Villas is a perfect location to the golf courses, museum and performance center.

Located just off I-95, maybe a driver and 3-wood, is a most impressive iconic structure welcoming you to PGA Village. There are several types of rental units available offering full kitchen and housekeeping to families, couples and golfing groups. Our unit was in the Perfect Drive Villas and a perfect location to the courses, museum and performance center. The area of Port St. Lucie that offers best of dining in the area is less than two miles. Our unit provided a full size refrigerator, stove, microwave, large flat-screen TV’s and very comfortable sleeping quarters. 

We dined in one of the local restaurants, West End Grill, but found the restaurant in the PGA Village Clubhouse to be the better of all choices. The selection of entree’s and service could not be compared to off-premises dining. Steaks, seafood and vegetarian offerings were some of the tops in our travels to resorts and golfing restaurants.



Checking into the PGA Village Golf Clubhouse is the way you want a golf experience to begin. They do it right: directions to the bag drop, friendly caddies to greet you, carts with GPS, water bottle in the cooler and a starter that has a great sense of humor. We chose to take on Fazio’s “Ryder Course” first. Playing with a couple of gents that appeared to be buddies, turned out to be a father and son from Grapevine, Texas, now living in Pennsylvania and California.  

Playing the Ryder Course is fun, challenging and one of Fazio’s best.

The Ryder Course is named in honor of Samuel Ryder, the namesake and founder of the Ryder Cup. Mr. Ryder was the first to package garden seed and sell them for a penny through the mail. This was in the 1890’s. He was also an avid golfer. In 1926, he helped organize and fund an international golf championship in England. The next year, he donated a gold trophy for the first biennial golf championship between the best professional golfers in the United States and the United Kingdom. This is now the pre-eminent event in golf.  

Playing the Ryder Course is fun, challenging and one of Fazio’s best. It has rolling hills reminiscent to our courses in Tennessee or the Carolinas, including many water hazards. The placement of bunkers, traps and waste areas are strategic on this course. He uses all of these features, including water to give the golfer what is proverbially known as “risk and reward” shots. We certainly commend him on this beautiful creation. The 18th hole allowed us to see the spires of the PGA Village Clubhouse providing an aesthetic setting for a good round of golf. 

Dye Course is a course with an attitude. Links-style demanding precision shots from tee to green...more sand than the nearby beaches!

Our second full day at PGA Village placed our golfing prowess on the Dye Course. This is a course with an attitude. It is tough. It is a links-style course demanding precision shots from tee to green. It has more sand than the nearby beaches. Did I say it was “tough?” Pete Dye takes advantage of every design element in bag to create a course that will make you want to return to see if you can conquer this magnificent golfing layout. He brings in the native surroundings and his own uninhibited style using pine straw roughs, vast coquina waste bunkers and masterfully placed grass-based bunkers. We were not aware that the course is designed to take advantage of the nearby 100-acre 'Big Mamu' Wetlands.  

Time did not allow us to play Fazio’s Wanamaker Course, but viewing it from a golf cart, it is a classic design for this part of Florida. This is the first golf course named in honor of Rodman Wanamaker, who in 1916 inspired the birth of The PGA of America. At that time, he put up $2,500 and various trophies and medals as part of the prize fund. Wanamaker’s offer was accepted, and seven months later, the first PGA Championship was played at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York. Of course the Trophy for the PGA Open Championship is named for this gentleman who had such a vision for golf in the U.S. and can be seen at The PGA Museum of Golf. His first namesake course is built through and around wetlands, palm trees and palmettos.  

With The PGA Museum of Golf offering a grand assortment of golfing history, it is fitting that each of the tee box areas feature a beautiful plaque providing a moment in history from 1916 when Jim Barnes who won the first PGA Championship to 1999 when Justin Leonard’s 45-foot putt on the 17th at The Country in Brookline, Massachusetts helped to win the Ryder Cup for the U.S. Team. 

Enough said…these three challenging courses can wreak havoc to any golf game in the Sunshine State. A word of caution when it comes to putting on all of the greens on all three courses…they are FAST. 

About two miles from the PGA Village Clubhouse is the PGA Country Club. This is a beautiful and laid-back private club owned and operated by the PGA of America. This was formerly known as the St. Lucie West Country Club that opened in 1988. The 18-hole layout was designed by Jim Fazio Sr. and features a 22,000 square foot clubhouse, tennis and swimming. 

With the very competent leadership of Jimmy Terry and his staff, i.e., Holly Taylor and many others, guest visiting this “golfer’s dream resort,” can expect bigger and better experiences. These people know how to provide great customer service with a quality product. 

Most golfers appreciate and enjoy knowing the history of the game along with all the accoutrements of golf, i.e., the trophies, great moments and great people. They also enjoy playing on unique courses created by well-respected designers, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. And, with teachers who can greatly improve one’s game, there will always be a better round in our golfing future. Now go hit ‘em straight! 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

PGA Golf Club
1916 Perfect Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
800-800-GOLF800-800-GOLF (4653)
772-467-1300772-467-1300
Website for PGA Village: www.PGAVillage.com 

 

PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance
PGA of America Golf School
8565 Commerce Center Pkwy
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
800-800-GOLF800-800-GOLF (4653)
772-468-7686 or 772-468-7686
Website for The PGA Museum of Golf: http://museum.pgalinks.com

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