PGA Golf Club to Undergo Improvements

The PGA Golf Club at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will start a multi-million-dollar renovation on May 8. At a media conference held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the facility, PGA of America vice president Brian Whitcomb and CEO Joe Steranka announced that the association is working closely with architects Tom Fazio who designed The PGA Golf Club's North and South Courses, and Pete Dye architect of the Dye Course, on the renovations at the 54-hole facility.

"This is a rebirth of what is already a fantastic facility," said Whitcomb. "It is an exciting opportunity, and The PGA of America looks forward to working with Pete Dye's group and Tom Fazio's group to enhance the experience for the next generation of golf enthusiasts."

The work on the North Course will begin May 8, while the South Course renovations will begin in July. Both courses are scheduled to reopen in October, in time for the 2006 Callaway Golf PGA Senior Club Professional Championship and the TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Assistant Professional Championship. The Dye Course, which will undergo course work in the summer of 2007, will remain open during the North and South Course renovations. Additionally, the clubhouse will be expanded during summer 2007.

"This is another evolution of the vision and dream started at PGA Village nine years ago," said Steranka. "When you look at Pete Dye; Tom Fazio; a 35-acre golf park at the PGA Learning Center; the PGA Historical Center with the replicas of the four major Championship trophies; and one of the premier golf libraries in the Probst Library, there is nothing like it in the world."

The projects include: Newly renovated greens on the North and South courses and the conversion of all greens to Champion Ultra Dwarf; rebuilt and newly constructed bunkers on each hole; drainage improvements; landscaping enhancements; and a major clubhouse expansion that will incorporate a PGA Tournament Center, and expanded golf shop and dining areas.

Approximately 1,300 PGA Professionals visit and play in tournaments at the facility each year. "We have one-of-a-kind properties at PGA Village that embody the PGA Experience," says Whitcomb. "Our facilities are unique in that they are home to PGA Professionals from across the country and open to the public and residents of PGA Village. I'm excited about reintroducing the 'new' PGA Golf Club in the fall."

Dye was on-hand for the celebration and announcement of the renovations. "The new hybrid glass has a better adaptability for the climatic conditions in this area," explained Dye. "The landscaping will help the ambience of the course. I am thrilled that they are going to do the renovations down here."

"We are delighted with the support we have had from both Pete Dye and Tom Fazio on these special courses," added Steranka. "We expect PGA members and residents of PGA Village to be even more proud of this special place that they call home."

More details of the PGA Golf Club improvement program include:

North Course (Renovations scheduled for May 8, 2006-October 2006)

* Renovation of all 18 greens
* Renovation of all 63 bunkers
* Enhancement of existing drainage system
* Repair of all golf cart paths
* Additional landscaping

South Course (Renovations scheduled for July 2006-October 2006)

* Resurfacing all 18 greens with Champion Ultra-Dwarf grass, with the complete renovation of the No. 2 and No. 5 greens
* Renovation of all 55 bunkers
* Enhancement of existing drainage system
* Repair of all golf cart paths
* Additional landscaping

Dye Course (Renovations to commence summer 2007)

* Resurfacing of all 18 greens
* Drainage and landscaping of first tee area
* Additional golf course plans pending

Clubhouse (Renovations to commence summer 2007)

* Major clubhouse expansion to incorporate a PGA Tournament Center, expanded golf shop and dining facilities.

The project is being guided by a PGA Golf Club Task Force chaired by Whitcomb and several members of The PGA of America's national Board of Directors. Corey Aurand, PGA director of golf at The Golf Club at Bear Dance in Larkspur, Colo., has been named the project consultant and will oversee construction.