Florida dreaming . . .

Feb 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Women-Friendly Courses

It’s sad but true: some of us live up here — above the 40th parallel. No golf for us over the winter . . . unless . . . unless . . .

We take a trip to someplace warm!

How about it? With the economy what it is right now, courses and resorts want your business. They neeeeed your business! And they’re offering the deals to prove it.

In fact, we’ve been looking at some southern courses designated as women-friendly by the (terrific) Executive Womens Golf Association.

Take the PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

This club is part of PGA Village, owned and operated by The PGA of America. It ranked No. 30 in GolfWorld’s “Reader’s Choice Awards Top 50 Public Golf Courses,” as well as among the “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” by Golf Digest.

The course features 54 holes of Championship golf designed by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, PGA Learning Center golf instruction, a fitness park, and the PGA Historical Center golf museum.

To learn more about Port St. Lucie ’s PGA Golf Club, we talked to Holly Taylor , the course’s PGA Head Golf Professional.

WGA: Why did the EWGA designate your course as “woman friendly”?

Taylor: First, the PGA Golf Club offers five sets of tees, which enables ladies of all abilities to play from where they are most comfortable.

Second, our when Pete Dye designed our Dye Course, he worked with Alice Dye to get a women’s perspective on course design. There are no forced carries off the forward tees. And Dye Course is set up for rolling the ball onto the green on approach shots as opposed to carrying over bunkers.

Number 18 on the Dye Course

Number 18 on the Dye Course

Our facility is special because you can play three distinctly different golf courses including: the Wanamaker Course, which features lots of Florida sand and water; the Ryder Course, which is reminiscent of northern Florida with majestic pines, rolling hills, large greens and expansive fairways; and the Dye Course, a magnificent links-style layout.

WGA: What are the top 1-3 things that women will most like about golfing at your course?

Taylor: PGA Golf Club has a very friendly atmosphere where women of all skill levels can come in and have a wonderful golf experience. From the bag drop to an impressive women’s apparel section in the Pro Shop to our wide assortment of player-development programs, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In addition, PGA Golf Club maintains Audubon International Signature Status, which honors the protection and conservation of wildlife throughout the facility.
WGA: What is the weather like in your region during the winter months (January, February, and March)?

Taylor: As good as it gets!  Beautiful South Florida weather is absolutely magnificent during the winter months.

WGA: So what golf apparel should a women pack when she comes to play your course during that time?

Taylor: She should be prepared for some wind. I’d recommend a weather-proof top, sweater-vest/sweater, pants, shorts and sleeveless tops. This should cover her for any possible weather scenario.

WGA: Are you offering any winter season golf packages and if so, what are the highlights?

Taylor: Our top promotion this winter is “4 Play. 3 Pay.” Four golfers can Stay and Play at the PGA Golf Club for the price of three, with accommodations at the on-site Hilton Garden Inn.

WGA: Is there anything else women should know about booking a golf vacation with you over the next few months?

We have numerous vacation packages for golf, instruction and PGA of America Golf Schools at PGA Village . For more information, please visit www.pgavillage.com or call 800-800-GOLF (4653).

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