The PGA Village is a resort complex with over 300 units with amenities that include a variety of luxurious options – full kitchens, laundry facilities and pool access. Accommodations range from standard guest rooms and one-bedroom golf villas to two and three-bedroom townhomes with golf or lake views. The resort has three heated swimming pools for your enjoyment.
PGA Village offers a Pete Dye course and two Tom Fazio courses. These three public courses are among the few that are owned and operated by the PGA of America. Each of the three courses is serviced by a single clubhouse and pro shop, making replays and all day golf very convenient.
Each course is well marked with sprinkler heads providing measurements to the front, middle and back of each green. There are also makers in the middle of the fairway that indicate 100, 150 and 200 yards to the center. Flags are color coded to indicate pin placement for the day.
A full sized, double-ended driving range is included in your daily greens fees as well as practice putting greens and practice bunkers. Nearby you will find a short course with holes ranging from 35-60 yards; everything you could possibly need to get warmed up for a round of golf at PGA Village. The clubhouse features a full service pro shop as well as the 61st Hole Grill which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. There is also a 150 seat banquet/outing room are on the property.
PGA of America Golf Schools and PGA Learning Center
PGA Village is also home to The PGA of America Golf Schools. Here you will find a variety of instructional programs that use the most up-to-date teaching methods as well as the latest state-of-the-art technology. These instructional programs are open to the public and vary from 2 1/2 day weekend to 4 1/2 day schools. The PGA of America Golf Schools offers a commitment to continued improvement and enhanced enjoyment of the game.
The on-site 35 acre PGA Learning Center is open to the public and is one of the most advanced practice facilities in the world. It includes an extensive short game area, full swing and specialty shot areas, as well as a 3-hole teaching course and 6-hole short course. There are 8 styles of bunkers available with 4 different types of sand. Golfers pay a flat daily fee to use the PGA Learning Center for the entire day, including unlimited range balls and use of all short game facilities.
The Dye Course plays 7279 yards from the back tees for a par of 72; the course has a rating of 75.9 with a slope of 147. The Dye Course has been awarded 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest Best Places to Play and has achieved Audubon International Signature status.
The Dye Course emphasizes the native surroundings. Ggiven Dye’s uninhibited style for creative design, you will find vast coquina shell waste bunkers and grass-based bunkers as well as pine straw roughs. The Dye course is a links-style course that twists and turns through the 100-acre “Big Mamu” wetlands. Five sets of tees make the Dye Course enjoyable for golfers of all levels and abilities.
Although water comes into play on just 3 holes, the moguls and mounding that are found along the fairways and by the greens more than make up for the perceived lack of hazards. The fairways are generally ample and are typically elevated, making the course play a little longer than the yardage on the scorecard. These fairways are bordered by waste areas and bunkers; should you land in one of the many pot bunkers, you can expect to be penalized; up and downs will require your best efforts.
The Champion Ultra Dwarf greens are a story all their own; they are for the most part medium sized and often elevated. Playing on them for the first time, you will find them deceptively undulating and sometimes hard to read.
Tee Yardage Rating Slope
Medal 7279 75.9 147
Tournament 6679 73.1 141
Standard 6250 71.0 132
Middle 5895 69.3 129
Forward 4963 64.9 119
Memorable Holes (all yardages are from the Tournament tees)
Number 1: Par 4, 336 yards. The Dye course starts you out with a short par 4, giving you a glimmer of hope; it gets tougher, trust me. You’ll want to hit it down the left side on this starting hole; that will take much of the sand out of play. Anything too far left will find the waste bunker that extends up the left side of the fairway. If the wind is up, the bunkers on the right are very reachable. A good drive will leave an approach shot of around 100 yards or so. The green on number one is long and narrow and fairly flat on the right side.
Number 2: Par 5, 452 yards. At 452 yards, this is a long par 4; however it is only the 3rd hardest hole on the course. A good tee shot to the right of the large fairway bunker on the left will give you the best line to the green. An approach shot left of the green is likely to find one of the nasty little pot bunkers that dot the left side. Think long and right; it’s a safer play. The undulations on the green make this a difficult green to putt. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a great golf hole!
Number 3: Par 3, 174 yards. Choosing the right club on this hole is essential; be sure to take into account the wind, A pot bunker and a large bunker guard the right side of the green. A tee shot to the left-center of the green will give you access to just about any pin position.
Number 4: Par 4, 344 yards. Number 4 is the first hole with any water on it. From the gold tees, it’s about 270 yards to carry the bunker on the right. The smart play is to play your tee shot out to the left of the bunker; a solid tee shot will leave around 100 yards to an elevated green. An approach shot to the right side of the green will yield the best opportunity for birdie. Beware of the pot bunkers.
Number 6: Par 3, 155 yards. Water lines the left side of the fairway on this modest par 3; this is the Dye Course’s signature hole. The difficulty of the hole is determined by pin position. The green has three distinct levels; the safe play is to the center of the green.
Number 7: Par 5, 527 yards. Looking at the hole diagram in the Player’s Handbook, you will see more sand than grass. Favoring the left side of the fairway off the tee affords you the best opportunity to reach the green in two. A modest drive of 250 yards off the gold tees leaves around 220 yards to a slightly elevated green that is surrounded by no less than ten pot bunkers.
Number 11: Par 4, 384 yards. The layout of this hole is reminiscent of the first hole, only slightly longer. You’ll need a drive of at least 260 yards to carry the large bunker on the right side of the fairway. Pot bunkers litter the left side of the fairway guarding the front left side of the green. Play your approach shot to the middle of the green and play for a two-putt par.
Number 15: Par 4, 449 yards. Another par 4 that is destined to test your mettle; some call number 15 the starting hole for some of the most memorable finishing holes in Florida. It is also the first true dogleg on the Dye Course and is a true risk/reward hole. Cut off as much of the dogleg as you dare; a well executed drive will around 140 yards to a green protected on the right side by two pot bunkers. Left and long is okay on this hole although you should be able to hit the green; after all, it is the largest green on the course.
Number 17: Par 5, 527 yards. Unless the wind is really blowing hard, only real long ball hitters should even think about going for this green in two. For the rest of us, just put the ball in the fairway off the tee; that’s all. Then, on your layup shot, all you need to do is avoid the tall pot bunker in the middle of the fairway. Accomplish this and you will have a short pitch shot to an elevated green with many undulations.
Number 18: Par 4, 413 yards. This is probably the most picturesque finishing holes in Florida. Pot bunkers dot the landscape on both sides of the fairway all the way up to, and around, the green. Many of the bunkers are well past the green and should not come into play, however they sure look good. A good drive off the tee will leave around 125 yards to a large green that slopes back right to front left. Par is a great way to end the round on this spectacular Pete Dye masterpiece.
Last Word: In my opinion, the Dye course is the most challenging layout on property. The course has a “Florida meets Scotland” feel to it. Unlike your typical Florida course; water only comes into play on three holes. It seems as though on many holes, the closer you get to the green the tougher it gets. Pot bunkers are everywhere and are exactly what bunkers are supposed to be, penalizing. Find one and you are likely to pay a steep price on the scorecard. Pot bunkers are also strategically placed on the course, often your only play out of the bunker is sideways or backwards. If Pete Dye’s goal is to put a scare into you from the tee box, he succeeds on many holes. Standing on number 18 tee, all you visualize is sand; it’s everywhere. Fairways and tee boxes are in pristine condition even though the greens seem to run a little on the slow side. With the peripheral coquina shelled waste bunkers often lying below fairway level, it’s not always easy to get back on the fairway and reach the green in regulation. I would vote the Dye Course as the nicest public course on the east coast of Florida. For more information about PGA Village and what they offer, you can visit them online at www.pgavillage.com or give them a call at (800) 800-GOLF (4653).