(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – home of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and former Ryder Cup venue – announces its PGA Teaching Professional, Warren Bottke, has been named “Teacher of the Year” by the South Florida PGA.
This annual award recognizes golf instruction professionals providing outstanding service with their students as well as promotion of the game and training techniques for junior players. In 1988, Bottke became the youngest Master Professional in PGA history. He currently serves as a faculty member for the PGA Master Professional certification program, where he mentors PGA Professionals working to earn their certification as Master Professionals.
Through his dedication to developing and improving educational opportunities for PGA Professionals, Bottke was awarded the PGA of America’s National Horton Smith Award in 2005. He received the same award at the Section level in 1987, 1989, 2004 and 2005. In 2015, Bottke earned the “Golf Professional of the Year Award.”
“Warren is incredibly passionate about teaching the game of golf and we’re thrilled he received this coveted honor,” says Jane Broderick, director of golf. “With five exceptional courses and world-class golf amenities including Warren’s expertise in helping our members and guests improve their games, PGA National is in the upper echelon of premier golf facilities in the U.S.”
PGA National is also home to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and David Pelz Scoring Game School for individual instruction and group clinics. At the off-site Estates Course, the resort additionally offers Every Ball Counts – the world’s first science-based, statistics-driven training system for golf improvement. Additional facilities include three topnotch practice facilities, providing over 150 stations for long- and short-game tune-ups and state-of-the-art, tour-level club fitting at the PGA National Club Fitting Lab.
For more on PGA National Resort & Spa: www.pgaresort.com, 561.627.2000.
About PGA National Resort & Spa
Fresh off its comprehensive multimillion-dollar revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, spa, vacation and meetings destination. The South Florida locale offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic and legendary “Bear Trap.”
A distinguishing highlight at PGA National is its new 33,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club (SRC). The impressive new facility features the latest exercise equipment, indoor racquet ball court, three aerobics studios with new sound systems, five-lane saltwater lap pool, spin room with video road mapping, indoor volleyball court, two Pickleball / POP tennis courts, and 19 Har-Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). PGA National is also home to the new Johan Kriek Tennis Academy, a world-class training facility run by two-time Australian Open champion Johan Kriek. Elite junior- and high-performance programs focus on stroke production, point construction, match play, video analyses, fitness, gym and mental training.
PGA National offers customized suites ideal for weddings, golf “buddy trips” and spa aficionados. Its numerous multi-use settings include a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas; scenic Lakeside Lawn perfect for receptions; iDeck – a new 3,000-square-foot terrace ideal for indoor / outdoor dining and entertaining; “Bar 91” 19th hole bar and grill; 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference and event space; and eight on-site restaurants and lounges including its acclaimed chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood.
The Spa at PGA National is a 40,000-square-foot oasis of tranquility featuring 32 treatment rooms and areas with 100 diverse treatments, the exclusive “Waters of the World” outdoor mineral pools, full-service salon and relaxing lounge areas.
Conveniently located within easy driving distance of major Florida population centers, the AAA Four Diamond resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 90 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA).
David Wood (703.635.0577)