2023 Annual Charity Golf Classic
November 2, 2023
Mark your calendar now! An exciting day of golf, fun and camaraderie with South Florida’s business aviation community will be held Thursday, November 2nd at the prestigious PGA National Golf Resort and Spa in beautiful Palm Beach Gardens. This is the same venue as the past several years and will once again take place on two courses.
Sign up today! Registration is now open at the cost of $300 per golfer or $1,000 per foursome. Proceeds benefit the SFBAA Scholarship fund, Angel Flight, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All registrations and payments must be received by October 12th. Please complete the Golf Registration form found here and send to Jeff Ramsden. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event will sell-out, so register today!
Format: As always, this is a four person best-ball scramble with trophies, prizes, and bragging rights at stake. Skills challenges and side competitions along the way give even the highest handicappers a chance to win. All players receive a complimentary goodie bag, lunch, beverages on the course, and an expanded cocktail reception after play ends which will include hors d'oeuvres, trophy presentations, and a raffle.
Registration: Begins at 10:30 am
Lunch: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shotgun Start: 12:30 pm
Reception: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sponsorship opportunities! Our headline sponsorships have been filled, but we have a limited number of custom sponsorships still available. Please contact Jeff Ramsden (email@example.com) for more information. We also welcome any contributions to our raffle or goodie bags. If you are going to send items for the goodie bag, please include at least 200 pieces. Please write “SFBAA Golf - 11/2/23” on the box and send these items directly to the golf course. You can email tacking numbers to Jeff (firstname.lastname@example.org) for confirmation of receipt:
PGA National Resort & Spa
Attn: Paul Gallo
c/o SFBAA Golf Tournament - 11/3/22
400 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
THE FAZIO COURSE
The Fazio is a reinvention of The Haig, PGA National’s original 18-hole course that opened in 1980. The Haig was designed by George and Tom Fazio in tribute to five-time PGA champion Walter Hagen, and its renovation was led by third-generation designer Tom Fazio II, who emphasized modernizing the course layout.
While the original par-72 routing remains intact, the renovation improved the classic golf architecture with modern advances, including:
- A 70% increase in total green surface to 2.5 acres, grassed with TifEagle on the greens and Celebration Bermuda grass on tees and fairways
- Reconfigured tee boxes and bunkers
- Player-friendly tees allowing the course to be played at 3,255 and 4,187 yards in accordance with the popular “Tee it Forward” initiative sponsored by the PGA and USGA
Fazio II himself believes his renovation achieved “that ideal balance where single-digit golfers will be fully challenged while higher handicaps will have a layout ideal for a day of enjoyable resort golf.”
THE CHAMPION COURSE
Originally designed by Tom and George Fazio for major tournament play, The Champion was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2014 and hosts the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic each spring. It features The Bear Trap, which spans three demanding holes designed by Nicklaus, and is called “one of the toughest stretches in golf.” Listen to the designer describe it in his own words.
According to a story by The New York Times, “The Champion’s layout at PGA National is 7,045 yards of venom, a king cobra of a course that rises without warning to strike down the world’s best golfers. Snake charmers may have a better chance of taming it than the players at The Honda Classic.”
Fortunately, our Champion golf course has five sets of tees to make the course more playable for golfers of all levels. However, even though the course has generous landing areas and spacious and accepting TifEagle greens, golfers are presented with course management challenges throughout the round. It’s unquestionably one of the best golf courses in Florida and the entire country!
The PGA National Resort & Spa has completed a $100 million transformation, reimagining luxury, from interior and exterior designs to all-new restaurants, activities, and amenities. It has been home to the PGA’s Honda Classic since 2007 and has ninety-nine holes of championship golf on six courses. The state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club features 19 tennis courts and it has a 40,000-square-foot spa with exclusive Waters of the World outdoor mineral pools. It has a decorated history and tradition as one of the finest golf resorts in South Florida, located just 20 minutes from the Palm Beach Airport.
We have been granted a courtesy rate of $319+ tax & resort fee per night for those interested in staying on the premises overnight. A block of rooms have been reserved for us. These rates are eligible for any of our participants/sponsors on Wednesday (11/1) and Thursday (11/2). Reservations must be made by September 29th by calling (844) 821-0028 or following this link: SFBAA Charity Golf Classic 2023; be sure to mention our block name: SFBAA Catering Events 2023 or our booking ID: 103023SFBA.