Tom Fazio must have borne the burden of having to design a course named after Rodman Wanamaker. For the uninitiated, Wanamaker is a total stranger. But to the golf historian, aficionado, and the true lover of the sport, Rodman Wanamaker’s name is synonymous to the PGA of America, as he inspired its birth in 1916. He is THAT much of a personality in the sport. The fact that the PGA Golf Club – Wanamaker Course is the FIRST golf course to be named after the legend doubles the burden for the designer. But the genius that Fazio is created one of the most beautiful and most admired golf vacation destinations in the entire Florida.
Along with the Ryder and Dye courses, the PGA Golf Club – Wanamaker Course make up the courses in the PGA Golf Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Wanamaker measures 7,102 yards from the longest tees, playing for a par of 72. It is often described as a classic Florida layout, with wetlands, palms and palmettos playing in the backgrounds. Apart from being listed amongst the most beautiful, this golf vacation haven also makes it to the most challenging. With tight and tilted fairways, intimidating approaches, heavily guarded greens and massive beach bunkers, on top of all its water hazards, the 18-hole course is sure to make its guests’ hearts skip a beat or two.
Because of the wonderful quality of its layout and scenery, the PGA Golf Club – Wanamaker Course is also a favorite host of many tournaments, including 2003 PGA Cup, Callaway Golf Senior PGA National Professional Championships – among many others – in its list of “achievements”. Fazio not only carried the burden; he carried the burden well and actually delivered a golf trip destination worthy of its namesake.