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PGA National's Champion Course No. 5 in Golfweek's Florida Rankings
PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion course - home of the PGA Tour's Honda Classic and the three-hole "Bear Trap" - is ranked No. 5 in Golfweek's 2012 list of "Best Courses You Can Play" in Florida.
Champion is fresh off its sixth straight year of hosting the Honda Classic. The popular tournament, thanks to Tiger Woods' debut in 2012, attracted 161,700 spectators - a 45-percent increase over the 111,950 fans from last year. The record comes on the heels of American Honda Motor Co. announcing its extension as title sponsor of the event through 2016.
Additionally, Sunday's dramatic final round showcased Woods shooting a 62 on the vaunted Jack Nicklaus redesign in pursuit of eventual winner, Rory McIlory. NBC's coverage reported an overnight viewership rating up 78 percent from last year - the event's best in a decade.
"This exceptional Golfweek ranking and the incredible success of this year's Honda Classic validates the Champion as one the premiere golf courses anywhere," says Joel Paige, vice president and managing director of the resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. "The many thrills and perils of The Champion and its Bear Trap plus our other world-class golf-resort amenities provide a South Florida vacation to long remember."
In addition to the Honda Classic, the Champion's history includes hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, and nearly two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. Besides its five regulation courses, PGA National has the distinction of being home to both the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, along with a tour-level experience at the PGA National Club Fitting Lab.
Adds Paige, "No matter which tee box suits your game, our resort guests and members can play the Champion anytime and really experience what's it's like to play under Tour-tournament conditions."
The AAA Four Diamond resort is a 15-minute drive from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 90 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA).
For more information or to make reservations, visit www.pgaresort.com or call 800/533-9386.