With The Honda Classic coming up on February 23-26, 2023, here are all the key details you need to know in order to prepare for the tournament, including how Sepp Straka won last year and insights about the course.
PGA National Resort (The Champion), Palm Bech Gardens, Florida
7,125; par 70
72 holes: 264 – Justin Leonard (2003)
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Originally designed by George and Tom Fazio in 1981, The Champion course at PGA National was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1990 and again in 2014. With water in play on 16 holes and strategic bunkering, it is one of the sternest tests on the PGA TOUR.
Notable Course Features
The Champion course is known for a three-hole stretch nicknamed “The Bear Trap,” prominently featuring approaches over water. Water guards three sides of the green at the 179-yard 15th and again at the 175-yard 17th. On the 434-yard 16th, water runs the entire length of the hole on the right and must be carried with the second shot.
The Honda Classic donated a record $6.45 million to more than 100 South Florida philanthropic organizations in 2022, including $2 million to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.