PORT ST. LUCIE
Less than an hour north of West Palm Beach, this rapidly growing city is home to a number of courses imbued with a South Florida flavor. The main attraction is PGA Village, a hassle-free one-stop destination with three solid courses, an acclaimed learning center and practice facility, and brand new on-site accommodations.
PGA Golf Club, Dye 800-800-4653; pgavillage.com; $99–$109. This Pete Dye course has the most distinctive look of the PGA’s three eighteens, with each hole ringed by sandy waste areas, small pot bunkers popping up in surprising places and significant ground contour.
PGA Golf Club, Ryder Subtle fairway movements and large putting surfaces make this piney Carolina-style Tom Fazio layout, formerly the North course, feel spacious and accommodating. Both this and the Wanamaker (née South) courses recently underwent comprehensive bunker, green and landscaping renovations.
PGA Golf Club, Wanamaker Also designed by Fazio, the Wanamaker demands an aerial game as it loops through a prototypical South Florida environment of wetlands and encroaching native areas. The eighteenth, a sweeping dogleg right around a large pond, makes for a rousing finale.
Hilton Garden Inn Port St. Lucie at PGA Village 772-871-6850; hgiportstlucie.com; $119–$249/night. Opening in mid-November with spacious new rooms, this hotel is centrally located near the PGA Learning Center, the PGA History Center and PGA Golf Club.
Norris’s Famous Place for Ribs (Barbeque); 772-464-7000. Try the locally famous baby backs at this large down-home restaurant.
PGA Champions Grill (American); 800-800-4653. Conveniently located in the clubhouse of PGA Golf Club, the Grill serves delicious sandwiches, burgers and fish.
Tradition Field; 772-871-2115. Just a few minutes from PGA Village, this is the spring-training base of the New York Mets and home of the minor league St. Lucie Mets.
Duffy’s Sports Grill; 772-873-8150. If you want to catch a game on TV or knock back a beer, this is the place.