Fazio II to Remodel Haig Course at PGA National

PGA National Resort & Spa, home of the Honda Classic - has announced its Haig Course will close April 2 to undergo an extensive renovation. It will reopen November 1 as the Fazio Course.

Architect Tom Fazio II will oversee the modernization of the layout. Originally designed by George and Tom Fazio in tribute to five-time PGA champion Walter Hagen, the Haig was the first course at PGA National when it opened in 1980. Fazio II will become the third generation of the Fazio family to work on the course.

"That my great uncle, uncle and I have all had a hand in developing this beautiful course at PGA National will stand as a proud testament to the Fazio family legacy," says Tom Fazio II.

"The Fazio Course will join four other championship layouts here at PGA National making for 90 holes of exceptional golf," says Century Golf Partners CEO Jim Hinckley, operating golf partner of PGA National.

With the original par-72 routing remaining intact, the renovation will include:

Total green surface will increase nearly 70 percent from 1.5 acres to 2.5 acres and grassed with TifEagle.
Grass on tees and fairways will change to Celebration Bermuda.
Tee boxes will be reconfigured from circular to square.
In response to advances in equipment, the course will be lengthened to over 7,000 yards.
In accordance with the popular "Tee it Forward" initiative sponsored by the PGA and USGA, player-friendly tees will be added to allow the course to be played at 5,100 yards.
The latest irrigation technology will be installed.

"Our new Fazio Course is a prime example of our never-ending goal of being the best golf destination in not only the U.S., but the world," noted Joel Paige, vice president and managing director. "We continue to create a premier championship experience by raising the bar for our members and resort guests."

For more information about PGA National Resort & Spa, visit www.pgaresort.com.