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The Champion course

At PGA National Resort & Spa, home of the Honda Classic

Originally designed by Tom and George Fazio for major tournament play, The Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1990 and now hosts the Honda Classic each spring on the PGA TOUR. Although The Champion has generous landing areas and spacious and accepting TifEagle greens, golfers are presented with course management challenges throughout the round. This South Florida golf resort course has five sets of tees to make the course more playable for golfers of all levels. A must-play on any avid golfer's list, The Champion features the Bear Trap, which spans three demanding holes designed by Jack Nicklaus – listen to the designer describe it in his own words. Considered one of Florida's most notable golf challenges, on what is unquestionably one of the best golf courses in Florida, USA Today calls the Bear Trap “one of the toughest stretches in golf.”

Last renovated: Fall 2012 (new turf, rebuilt bunkers, expanded tee and green complexes)

PGA Tour's toughest course!

PGA National Resort's Champion course, with it's demanding Bear Trap provided the toughest tournament test of golf during the 2013 PGA TOUR season according to Golf Digest. Read the full article here, or book a trip to find out if you have what it takes to conquer "The Champ".

"The Champions layout at PGA National is 7,140 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." - Karen Crouse of the The New York Times, February 2014.

The Champion

TeeGenderYardageParRatingSlope
Black Mens 7045 72 75.2 148
Gold Mens 6727 72 73.4 145
Blue Mens 6373 72 71.8 138
White Mens 5984 72 69.9 129
Green Mens 5581 72 68.5 127
White Ladies 5984 72 76.1 153
Green Ladies 5581 72 73.5 138
Red Ladies 5145 72 71.7 136

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