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PGA National hires Kooker as manager

WHAT: PGA National Resort & Spa Announces Rod Kooker as Club Manager of The Members Club

WHERE: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 


(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.)PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces Rod Kooker as Club Manager of The Members Club.

Kooker, a PGA of America Class A member and Certified Club Manager, brings more than 20 years of leadership in the private and semi-private club industry. He has held a variety of positions, including general manager, head golf professional and director of golf operations. 

A former member of the PGA President’s Council, Kooker previously worked with Spanish Wells Golf and Country Club, Golf Club of Georgia and Capital City Club, among others. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. in Business Management.

PGA National Members Club is an extraordinary golf experience and recreation concept. Fresh off a multi-million-dollar renovation, members are granted access to five championship golf courses, three practice facilities, a 33,000 square-foot Sports & Racquet Club, 40,000 square-foot European style spa and a private clubhouse.

“Rod’s experience in the private club industry is unmatched, making him a great addition to our seasoned team of professionals,” says Greg Saunders, Vice President, Managing Director. “Members Club benefits are countless, including access to a PGA TOUR-caliber course, marquee golf schools, fine dining and unforgettable events.”

More information:, 561.627.1800.

About PGA National Resort & Spa

Located in South Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens and fresh off a comprehensive multimillion-dollar revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class vacation and meetings destination. It presents 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” three-hole stretch.

PGA National recently opened its new 33,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club. It features the latest exercise equipment, indoor racquetball 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 and 19 Har-Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). The new Johan Kriek Tennis Academy is managed by the two-time Australian Open champion and caters to elite juniors with focus on stroke production, point construction, match play, video analyses, fitness, gym and mental training.

Luxury overnight suites are ideal for weddings, leisure and business golf, as well as frequent spa treatments. The resort’s versatility includes: a lakeside wedding and event setting with stunning vistas; the 3,000 square-foot iDeck terrace for indoor / outdoor dining and entertaining; “Bar 91” 19th hole grill; 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference and event space; and eight on-site restaurants and lounges, including the acclaimed Ironwood Steak & Seafood.

The Spa at PGA National is a 40,000-square-foot oasis of tranquility with 32 treatment rooms and relaxation lounges, 100 diverse pampering options, the exclusive “Waters of the World” outdoor mineral pools and full-service salon.

Convenient to major Florida population centers, the AAA Four Diamond resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport, one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and 90 minutes from Miami International Airport.


David Wood

Steve Perry