The Honda Classic's Champion Course at PGA National unveils 'shinny new' greens
Palm Beach Gardens (CBS12) —
The Honda Classic at PGA National seems to get bigger and better each and every year The 2018 tournament set a new record by drawing 224,642 golf fans. Honda Classic Cares then followed that by donating a record $4.55 million to South Florida’s children’s charities. Now, in 2019, the Champion Course at PGA National will be much improved, with all 18 greens fully redone.
"The Honda Classic brings everybody to out door," says Palm Beach Gardens mayor Maria Marino, on why upgrading the venue is so important. "The city of Palm Beach Gardens so welcomes the Honda (Classic) because it has so much economic impact."
The last time the Jack Nicklaus designed course was renovated was back in 2002, which was 5 years before the Honda Classic had even started to be held in Palm Beach Gardens. While the Champions Course is highly thought of among many of the PGA stars who play it, the brand new greens should bode well in keeping the course challenging and pleasant to the eye on National TV.
"We've always been able to lay out a best in class facility for these PGA Tour pros coming down, and this is an extension of that," says Tournament Director Andrew George, "We've heard the PGA Tour talk about the greens and renovations, and PGA National respnded. We're excited what we have in front of us for 2019 and beyond."
The Champion Course renovation is just the latest improvements at PGA National over the past couple of years, part of over $2.3 million in golf courses renovations.