Every spring, golf fans from all over the country flock to South Florida for one of the greatest golf tournaments in the country. The Honda Classic is a week-long PGA tour event that celebrates golf with the entire Palm Beach community. Whether you’re the next Tiger Woods, or just looking to do something extra-fun during your next trip to Florida, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget to download our free Insider’s Guide to take advantage of what West Palm Beach has to offer.
About the Honda Classic
The Honda Classic began in 1972 as Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic and has continued each year. Since 2007, the tournament has taken place at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens. As spring begins, the temperatures rise, and the warm sun creeps its way onto the lush green Florida golf courses. The Honda Classic officially marks the beginning of golf season in South Florida!
The organizers of the tournament made it their mission to give back to the children in their community, and the primary beneficiary of the event every year is the Children’s Healthcare Charity. While the PGA of America wants the Honda Classic to provide Palm Beach with a professional sports competition, their ultimate goal is that the golf tournament will positively impact local youth.
Every day for the week the tournament is in town, rounds of golf are played for the public to view and enjoy. There are pro-am matches during the beginning of the week. Then, the Classic concludes with the final round and awards ceremony on the 18th green.
Throughout the week, there are plenty of other festive events to check out with your fellow golf supporters, including sponsored outdoor concerts, fireworks displays, and family day fun and games. Be sure to check the full schedule of events before the tournament begins to plan your perfect visit!
Goslings Bear Trap
For a good time, head over to Goslings Bear Trap on the PGA National Resort and Spa’s Champion Course, which includes the Cobra Puma Golf Village. The venue is one of the most popular party spots in professional golf with live televised coverage of the golf tournament, covered outdoor and stadium seating, as well as food and drinks.
You can buy tickets ahead of time, and the venue is open from Thursday to Sunday.
The Legend of the Bear Trap
The Bear Trap is the name of a difficult hole stretch, including 15, 16, and 17. How the golfer plays the Bear Trap could determine their fate in the tournament. It’s also a tribute to pro golfer, Jack Nicklaus, who says, “It should all be won or lost here.”
More for Golf Lovers in Palm Beach
Your Florida golf adventure doesn’t have to end at the Honda Classic! If you’re yearning to take a swing yourself, head to the Emerald Dunes Club. This magnificent golf course is landscaped with swaying palm trees and glimmering blue water features. The distinct coastal atmosphere and top-notch amenities make playing a match at this course an unforgettable experience.
After the last player has teed off for the day, come back to your deluxe room at Casa Grandview. When you stay in one of our historic vacation rentals, you’ll enjoy premium amenities, comfort, and privacy. Our Key West Cottage offers two king beds, a private patio, and an indoor bar. The cottage is pet-friendly and adjacent to the heated saline pool. It’s perfect for families looking to have some fun in the Florida sun! Don’t wait; book your room today!