PGA National Resort & Spa announced the unveiling of its new nine-hole Andy Staples-designed “Staple Course.”
Built on the former opening and finishing holes of the property’s Squire layout, The Staple is a bold take on the par-3 course concept created for pure enjoyment while highlighted by intriguing fast-and-firm shot corridors, and in some cases, difficult to reach shelves on the dramatic, undulating greens. With hole distances ranging from 48 to 130 yards, The Staple is ideal for fast-paced, joyous rounds while using just a putter and a few short irons.
Crafted for heroic tee-shots with numerous “hole-in-hole” pin locations throughout, The Staple Course’s unique figure-eight configuration with crossing holes at Nos. 2–3 and Nos. 7–8 provide social interaction meeting points with other players at an outdoor seating experience complete with firepits and a café/bar area.
The Staple is also the perfect setting for golf groups to unwind and relax in a casual setting after playing the resort’s four “traditional” and celebrated 18-hole layouts: The Champion, The Palmer, The Fazio and The Estate courses.
“Our goal for The Staple Course was to combine classic course architecture attributes with a contemporary reimagined approach by highlighting playability, a quicker pace of play, and simply creating an enjoyable golf experience for all,” Staples said. “We think guests are going to love The Staple Course so much they’ll want to play it multiple times in the same day.”
Opening later this summer is PGA National’s highly anticipated “Match Course,” also created by Staples. Also built on the land of the former Squire Course, the 18-hole Match Course promises to display some of the most groundbreaking concepts in golf design while encouraging “match” versus “stroke” play. Both layouts are part of the ongoing $100 million capital revitalization touching every aspect of the celebrated property.
“Andy Staples’ incredible vision for both our new Staple Course and upcoming Match Course are beyond exciting additions to our world-class golf amenities,” said Jane Broderick, PGA National’s director of golf. “From playing The Champion Course just like the PGA Tour superstars do annually in the Honda Classic to savoring the joys of The Staple, we offer an array of exceptional golf courses and amenities few resort destinations can equal.”