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The Bear Trap

The Legend of the Bear Trap

“The Bear Trap” on PGA National Resort & Spa’s The Champion course is an intimidating trifecta of holes – 15, 16 and 17 – known as among the most demanding 3-hole stretches on the PGA TOUR. Winners of the PGA TOUR Honda Classic and U.S. Senior PGA Championships have had to face its perils to come out with victory. How The Bear Trap is played invariably determines the winner of a tournament or even a match between PGA National’s resort guests.

“The Bear Trap” was coined in honor of the difficulty and as a tribute to PGA Tour legend Jack Nicklaus. A plaque and bear statue celebrate what has come to be known as one of the ultimate challenges a golfer can face for three consecutive holes. Play The Bear Trap at your peril. The legend grows every day.

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What the Pros Say about The Bear Trap…


  • “It should all be won or lost here,”,
    Jack Nicklaus.

  • “There are no bailouts. You have to commit and hit a good shot,”
    says Tiger Woods.

  • “I don’t care if they make golf balls that go for a thousand yards. The Bear Trap will stand the test no matter what the equipment is,”
    says Jack Nicklaus.

  • “No. 17 is one of the hardest we play,”
    says Jesper Parnevik.

  • It’s not about length, it’s about precision. It’s about guts. It’s all about what do you have in your chest that you can finish those holes,"
    says Jack Nicklaus.

  • “On Sunday when the pin is in the back right on No. 17, this is the hardest hole we play on TOUR,”
    says Robert Allenby.

  • “Standing on the 15 th tee, even with a six-shot lead, I’m going to be nervous still. You’re got to get good shots coming in” says Mark Wilson, 2007 Honda Classic victor.

  • "There's a pretty good reason they call it the Bear Trap because if it doesn't get you one way, it's going to get you another,"
    says Rory Sabbatini, 2011 winner

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