From February 25th to March 3 The Honda Classic will bring the world’s best PGA TOUR players to PGA National’s Champion Course, providing a week of entertainment for the entire community. The Honda Classic and PGA National’s relationship has blossomed over the past few years and the result is a world class event enjoyed at our own backyard. The Honda Classic socially impacts our community via the Children’s Healthcare Charity which contributes funds to South Florida 501(c)3 organizations. Primary beneficiary Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, CHC supports activities that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. In addition, it also supports non-profit programs and projects aimed at health care and community services.
Grounds crew at the finishing hole
The event was originally played at the Inverrary Golf Club in Lauderhill, FL and in 1984 was moved to the TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, just a few miles north. From 1992 to 2007 the event was held at 4 different locations from Weston Hills Golf & Country Club in Weston, FL back to the TPC at Eagle Trace then 5 years at TPC at Heron Bay, then a couple of years at the Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens and finally since 2007 at its current and prestigious PGA National Golf Club’s Champion Course.
The tournament has matured into a South Florida jewel and its now considered a premier stop for the PGA Tour. In January of this year The Honda Classic extended its contract with PGA National Resort & Spa to keep the PGA TOUR event at its current home for at least the next four years.
We toured the marvelous facility and played the Champions Course (review next week) and we can feel the excitement in all employees, from the Valet Parking, Pro-Shop and the grounds crew everybody working diligently to get the property in tip-toe shape. Last year Rory McIlroy, No. 1 player in the world, dueled against Tiger Woods in a Sunday sensational finish. It was the best year of the event as it raised a tournament record $1.85 million for South Florida Children’s charities. Grand stands at 18th hole – Champion Course