A round at PGA National will show why it is one of the most difficult courses each year on the PGA Tour. After watching the Honda Classic for many years, it was cool to see the holes the pros face. In particular, getting to see how demanding the Bear Trap is. I have greater appreciation for what Sungjae Im did coming down the stretch of the 2020 Honda Classic.
As far as the golf course goes, PGA National is very demanding with many hazards. The stretch holes from 14-17 tests the player to hit good iron shot after good iron shot with little room for error. It is an excellent test and setting for tournament golf but could beat up the average player.
4 - A short par 4 which leaves the player with a wedge into the green but firm conditions demand the player to be coming into the green from the fairway. A runoff area long and left and a deep bunker short and right protect a narrow green.
15 - Playing as the first hole of the Bear Trap, the player is faced with a do or die golf shot. Any shot missing right, short, or long will find the water while any left miss faces a tough up and down.
18 - A long par 5 that is reachable with a great drive or when playing with the wind. This hole has been the stage for many great Honda Classic moments from Tiger making eagle to shoot 62 or Rory's 3 wood.
Date: July 28, 2020