PGA National, USA

PGA National Championship course is originally designed by Tom and George Fazio. Redesigned by Jack Nicklaus and home to Honda Classic. It is also known for the Bear Trap which is the last 3 holes on the course. A course I had being looking forward to playing. We rented a house within the resort and overlooking the golf course. This was great entertainment and we were close to the facilities for practising. We also used the pool facilities in the clubhouse which had recently undergone renovation and was great for the whole family.

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Approach to the 1st green

Hole 1 is a short par 4 with a green well protected by a large bunker. Relatively easy start to the course.

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looking back down the 11th with water running on the side
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Tee shot on 13th par 4, 338m
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Approach to 16th
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Par 3 17 well protected by water and bunker

 

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18th tee shot
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A little visitor on the course
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18th fairway bunker
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18th green

I played really on the front nine and shot 37. I found the back nine significantly more difficult and the Bear Trap really got me. The back nine seems more narrow and demanding on precision from tee to green. As you can tell below I almost hit all GIR on the front nine and only 1 on the back nine.

I was disappointed by the course and had expected more. It is a typical resort style course and even though the Bear Trap is a good and challenging experience the remainder of the course is nothing special. The condition was average and overall not an experience I would go back for as there are so many other great courses in Florida that I would rather play.

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