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PGA National The Champion

The Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa was built with tournament play in mind and has played host to some of golf’s biggest events including the 1983 Ryder Cup, the 1987 PGA Championship, and more recently the Honda Classic PGA Tour event. The Champion continues to wow and challenges the world’s best players and the finishing stretch known as the Bear Trap is widely regarded as one of the toughest finishes on the PGA Tour.

“The Bear Trap” at the PGA National Resort & Spa.  The Champion Course is a frightening triple whammy of golf holes – 15, 16, and 17 – known as among the most challenging 3-hole stretches on the PGA TOUR. victors of the PGA TOUR Honda Classic and U.S. Senior PGA Championships had to fully commit to their games and take great risks in order to win. How the Bear Trap is played unavoidably influences the champion of the tournament or even just the match between the travelers of the PGA National Resort.

“The Bear Trap” was popularised in honor of the complexity and as a tribute to the legend of the PGA Tour Jack Nicklaus. A  Plaque and giant bear statue memorialise what has come to be recognized as one of the greatest challenges a golfer may face for 3 successive holes.

A Must play in West Palm Beach

Champion by name and Champion by nature, a course that as tested some of the very best on Tour, with the cream rising to the top providing past winners including Rory Mcilroy, Justin Thomas, Ricky Fowler, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, and our Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington…twice!

The fantastic Jack Nicklaus designed Champion Course hosts The Honda Classic in March every year, one of many reasons to play this bucket list course. 

Robin Couchman, USA Golf Holiday Expert

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