The Champion Golf Course
Home of the Honda Classic- One of the Best Golf Courses in Florida
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 2014 and 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 2014 Celebration Bermuda grass, redesign of the par-4 14th hole leading up to the infamous Bear Trap with the addition of more water and bunkers, and the expansion of No. 1, No. 9, No. 15 and No. 17 to their original size.
Upcoming Renovation: The Champion Course will be closed June 14, 2018 through October 15, 2018.
The world-renowned Champion Course, Home of The Honda Classic for the past 11 years, will be undergoing a major renovation to its grass and greens this summer. The course will be closed from June 4th to approximately October 15th. We want to continue to provide our guests, our members and PGA Tour players the finest possible playing conditions available.
This renovation will be in conjunction with one of the top golf course designers in the world, Mr. Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus Design, along with Brad Nelson, PGA own’s top-rated Director of Agronomy. Mr. Nicklaus first redesigned the course in 2002, again in 2014, and he is very excited to be restoring and enhancing this course, to insure its place in history as one of the top venues on The PGA Tour.
Please enjoy four other champion golf course layouts for play here at PGA National. The Palmer, The Squire, The Fazio and The Estates Course, three of which are right here on property. The Palmer Course reopened in October of last year, and is getting rave reviews for its playability and its challenging design. Read renovation press release.