The Bear Trap — three words that strike fear into even the best players in the world.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a tougher stretch of three holes when the tournament is on the line on the PGA Tour than at this week’s Honda Classic.
The 15th, 16th, and 17th holes on the Champions Course at PGA National Resort and Spa feature two par-3s that offer equally difficult approach shots to similar greens that force a longer carry the further right you go, making any pushed shot for a right-handed golfer likely to find the drink.
In between these two short legends is a long and treacherous par-4 that features water up the right and all the way down the hole and in front of the green, not to mention the thick rough and a penalizing fairway bunker up the left. If you’re lucky enough to find the fairway, you’re faced with a long approach into a difficult undulating green.
In addition to the demanding design of these three holes, the winds from the nearby beaches whip across, adding in yet another layer of difficulty into this menacing three-hole challenge.
There is no doubt that The Champion course is the star of the show at the iconic PGA National Resort and Spa, but a recent purchase of the resort by the Brookfield Asset Management company has led to an influx of capital investment projects. They include a new par-3 course, a redesign of the Squire course, and a complete overhaul of the rooms and resort that is currently underway and is scheduled to all be completed by early 2022.
We’ll continue to update on this renovation throughout the process.
In the meantime, our team was onsite at PGA National recently to get you a preview of all 18 holes that the pros will be facing at the Honda Classic taking place March 18-21, 2021.