6 Palm Beach Gardens places with ‘PGA’ in the name

March 08, 2018
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PGA Commons is one of many places in Palm Beach Gardens with 'PGA' in the name. Palm Beach Post file photo

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Here are six places that have “PGA” in the name: 

1. PGA National Resort & Spa -  John D. MacaArthur, a shrewd businessman and the father of Palm Beach Gardens, struck a deal with the PGA of America in 1962. He’d build two championship golf courses, and the PGA would build a clubhouse and office building. Eventually, the whole property would belong to the PGA.

The PGA wasn’t convinced MacArthur had a clear title to the property, and the association ended up leasing office space in a clubhouse MacArthur built.

MacArthur and the PGA later squabbled over greens fees and their lease, and he evicted them. 

E. Llwyd Ecclestone Jr., developer of the roughly 5,000-home PGA National, promised to provide a new Palm Beach Gardens home for the PGA. The association moved into a 36,000-square-foot office building at the PGA National complex just west of Florida’s Turnpike in 1981.

2. PGA Boulevard - Some of Palm Beach Gardens’ best restaurants and priciest homes are concentrated along PGA Boulevard. A longtime real estate developer building new townhouses and a grocery store at Midtown has said there’s “nothing like having frontage on PGA Boulevard.” East of U.S. 1, PGA Boulevard becomes Jack Nicklaus Drive. Maybe officials will consider renaming the rest of the road for one of Palm Beach County’s most beloved, philanthropic famous golfers?

3. PGA Commons - Some of the best restaurants, apartments and offices are clustered in this development along PGA Boulevard just west of Military Trail. The Cooper, Rocco’s Tacos and Sen. Marco Rubio’s Palm Beach Gardens office are all here.

4. PGA Station - This is a redevelopment project at the corner of PGA and RCA Boulevards that includes professional and medical offices, a hotel and space for a future Tri-Rail station, should the commuter rail service extend north of Mangonia Park. It was formerly known as PGA Design Center/Parcel 5B.

5. PGA Park - This park on the south end of PGA National is home to a disk golf course and multipurpose fields heavily used by youth sports teams. It also has a playground that’s accessible for children with physical disabilities.

6. PGA Plaza - Think Trader Joe’s. This plaza has 1,100 feet of frontage on PGA Boulevard, which owner Menin Development points out on its website, along with the fact that it’s in “affluent Palm Beach Gardens, home to many of the nation’s most upscale and exclusive residential communities.”