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PGA National Resort set to host PGA Tour’s Cognizant Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (February 23, 2024) – PGA National Resort – South Florida’s luxurious, world-class golf, vacation, culinary, events and spa destination – will host the PGA TOUR’s Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches, Feb. 26 – March 3. Played on the Resort’s Jack Nicklaus-designed Champion Course, the Cognizant Classic marks the first stop of the “Florida Swing” and will include World No. 2 player Rory McIlory, No. 9 Matt Fitzpatrick, Rickie Fowler, Cam Young and defending champion Chris Kirk.

Cognizant, a leading information technology company, debuts as the new title sponsor (formerly Honda) of the popular PGA TOUR tournament, which has been played at PGA National Resort since 2007 and is home to the famed “Bear Trap” – a series of three demanding holes many consider the toughest stretch in the game. Past tournament champions include Sepp Straka (2022), Sungjae Im (2020), Justin Thomas (2018), Fowler (2017), Adam Scott (2016), Padraig Harrington (2015) and McIlroy in 2012.


Children’s Healthcare Charity is the host organization of Cognizant Classic, established to contribute net proceeds from the tournament and special event programs to South Florida 501(c)(3) organizations.  Since its inception, the tournament has raised $68.9 million for charity, including a record $7.2 million distributed to more than 100 South Florida philanthropic organizations in 2023.

PGA National Resort’s Champion Course opened in 1981 and was originally designed by George and Tom Fazio. It was the site of the Ryder Cup in 1983, the PGA Championship in 1987, and the Senior PGA Championship for 19 years from 1982 to 2000. The course has undergone several renovations by Jack Nicklaus over the years. In addition to the Golden Bear, the iconic course has hosted the game’s legendary players including Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer.

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PGA National Resort recently unveiled the stunning results of its comprehensive $100 million transformation touching every aspect of the property including its world-class golf amenities. A nostalgic vibe was brought to the 339 resort guest rooms, 21 private 1,200-square-foot Serena & Lily-designed luxury cottages and common areas, and a focus on superb dining where guests are guided by their palate throughout the day. As part of the exciting evolution, two new bold and innovative Andy Staples-designed layouts were added to PGA National Resort’s acclaimed roster – The Match Course (18 holes) and The Staple Course (nine holes). Both opened to rave reviews and joined the famed Champion Course as well as three additional “traditional” 18s (The Palmer, The Fazio and The Estate courses). Few golf destinations offer an array of golf courses as celebrated.

For more information about PGA National Resort: visit or call 800.863.2819.

About PGA National Resort
Located in South Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens, PGA National Resort is a legendary golf, vacation, culinary, events and spa destination. The resort is now showcasing its stunning $100 million capital investment revitalization resulting in a dramatic transformation touching every aspect of the celebrated property.

An industry leader in golf instruction, PGA National has partnered with leading U.S. golf schools including the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, and the world’s first science-based and statistical data-driven golf training center, Full Process Golf. PGA National also offers state-of-the-art club fitting.

The property not only boasts an exceptional golf experience but proudly houses the newly reimagined Sports & Racquet Club and The Spa at PGA National Resort. Featuring a state-of-the-art facility with 12 newly constructed pickleball courts, along with 16 Har Tru tennis courts, there is a renewed focus on health and wellness. The Spa comprehensive menu of restorative treatments further enhances the commitment to providing a holistic and rejuvenating oasis.

The property is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and one-hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company, providing services at 850-plus locations, including operational responsibility for 575-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 35-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf, ICON Management and Eventive Sports. For additional news and information, visit

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