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PGA National Resort & Spa retains Staples Golf Design for golf course project

Squire Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to undergo work

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces it has retained Staples Golf Design, a golf course architecture firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona, to lead a reimagination of the Squire Course.

One of five distinct 18-hole courses at PGA National, four of which are on property, the Squire Course was originally designed by the renowned design duo of Tom and George Fazio and has not had any significant updates since opening.


Squire Course at PGA National Resort & Spa

Staples Golf Design (SGD), formed in 2002, is a golf course architecture firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona. SGD is an award-winning, national leader in sustainable golf course design services helping courses increase their efficiency, become more profitable and instill local pride in the game. Timeless, strategic design combined with efficient, natural elements are the hallmarks of Staples projects.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the new ownership of PGA National on the Squire course,” says Staples. “I’ve watched tournaments on this property since I was a kid, so it’s a real honor to be working here. We’ll be coming up with innovative solutions that address golf’s future, and that’s really exciting. You’re going to want to keep an eye on this project.”

SGD projects have won national awards from numerous major golf publications across the country and continue to be listed on the “Best Places to Play” in their respective states. Recent awards include two design excellence awards from the American Society of Golf Course Architects, a “Best Renovation of Year” award by Golf Inc. Magazine, a “Golf Development of the Year” award by Golf Inc. Magazine, and a “Best New” Award by Golf Digest.

The reimagination of the Squire Course will be overseen by Nick Mazzella of Mazzella Partnership, a Charlotte, North Carolina based golf course renovation project management company.

For more on PGA National Resort & Spa:, 800.863.2819.

About PGA National Resort & Spa
Located in South Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, vacation, meetings and spa destination. Few golf courses have a pedigree as storied as does The Champion. Its vaunted resume includes hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, and two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. Currently, it hosts The Honda Classic – a wildly popular stop on the PGA TOUR’s “Florida Swing.” The layout is best known for its renowned “Bear Trap” – a series of three demanding holes many considered the toughest stretch in the game.

The renowned destination also features four added premier championship layouts: The Palmer, The Fazio, The Squire and The Estates. The transformed Palmer Course, originally designed by legendary Arnold Palmer, reopened in 2017 after undergoing a comprehensive renovation. Additionally, PGA National offers the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and David Pelz Scoring Game School for individual instruction and group clinics; Every Ball Counts – the world’s first science-based, statistics-driven training system for golf improvement; and state-of-the-art Cool Clubs club fitting.

A distinguishing highlight is the new 33,000-square-foot Sports & Racquet Club. The Spa, a 40,000-square-foot oasis of tranquility, features 32 treatment rooms and 100 treatments. The AAA Four Diamond resort features nine on-site dining options including its acclaimed Ironwood Steak & Seafood. The property is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

About Mazzella Partnership
The Mazzella Partnership provides planning, procurement and project management services to the golf course construction and renovation industry. Mazzella offers golf course owners and operators an alternative to traditional renovation pathways through collaborative efforts of specialists. For more information visit

About Staples Golf Design
Founded in 2002, Staples Golf is a nationally renowned golf course architecture firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Staples Golf implements sustainable, efficient designs and management practices on golf courses throughout the U.S., and is known for its signature development vision, Community Links; a paradigm shifting approach with regards to how golf fits into a community.

Andy Staples, ASGCA member and president of Staples Golf, is currently involved with numerous master planning projects across the U.S. including Olympia Fields Country Club in suburban Chicago. His firm recently master planned, renovated, and re-opened the historic 1916, Willie Park, Jr. designed, Meadowbrook County Club in Northville, Michigan to much acclaim.

For more information on Staples Golf Design, visit

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