The Champion



PGA National Resort & Spa offers the highest quality golf experience and is a mecca for players and fans alike. Host of the Honda Classic an official PGA TOUR event, PGA National has a distinguished history of tournament play - including the 1983 Ryder Cup, the 1987 PGA Championship, and nearly two decades of PGA Seniors' Championships. As our guest, you are invited to walk in the shadow of legends. Test your skills on five spectacular, tournament-ready courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio and George Fazio, and Karl Litten. A diverse array of layouts awaits, from the "emerald" greens at The Squire to the forgiving fairways of The Haig, to The Palmer's undulation and eye catching ground cochina hazards. And of course a golf vacation at PGA National is not complete without a trip through The "Bear Trap" - the legendary 15th, 16th, and 17th holes at The Champion - considered by many as the toughest three hole stretch in golf.

Click here to see Jack Nicklaus' comments on the design of The Bear Trap.


The Champion

The Estates

The Haig

The Palmer

The Squire


The ChampionOriginally 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 March on the PGA TOUR. Although The Champion has generous landing areas and spacious and accepting tif-eagle 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. Considered one of Florida's most notable golf challenges, USA Today calls The Bear Trap "one of the toughest stretches in golf."

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PAR: 72

Tee Gender Yardage Par Rating Slope
Black Mens 7048 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
White Ladies 5984 72 76.1 153
Red Ladies 5145 72 71.7 136


  • Designer: Tom & George Fazio
  • Redesign: Jack Nicklaus
  • Course Opened: November 17, 1981
  • Redesign: 1990 and 2002
  • Most Challenging Hole: No. 16
  • Most Scenic Hole: No. 18
  • Total Number of Sand Bunkers: 107
  • Number of Water Hazards: 16 out of 18 holes
  • Acreage of Course: 150
  • Average Size of Greens: 6,400 sq. ft.


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