By Carling Nolan

When you watch PGA tournaments, have you noticed the golf course is in absolutely perfect shape? The fairways look like greens, the greens look like glass, and the rough looks like nowhere you ever want to be.

The majority of people will never get a chance to play a course that is up to PGA standards. The reason for this is that most PGA tournament courses will close their facilities 4-6 weeks in advance to prepare for the tournament. During this time, they can make all divots, pitch marks, and even footsteps disappear.

Wouldn’t you love a chance to play these courses when they are in PGA shape? Well, the year 2014 is your chance! The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa is Feb. 27-March 2 on the Champions Course, and that very course will be open to the public until Feb. 20!  You need to take advantage of this opportunity while you still can.

Nestled just north of West Palm Beach, The Champions Course is known as “The hardest golf course on the PGA tour.”  Beware of the infamous “Bear Trap” (Holes 15, 16, and 17) where water will not only capture your golf balls, but your soul along with it.  Michael Thompson was the 2013 winner posting a four day score of -9, a total the PGA usually only sees during a U.S. Open Championship where players are truly tested.

This is my promise to you.  The week before Feb. 20, PGA National will be in the best shape it will be in all year long.  This is your chance to tee it from the professional tees and see what you’re made of.  This is your chance to walk down the fairway like you’re Freddy Couples in your boat shoes and friendly smirk.  You may not hit it as far as John Daly, but this is your chance to throw on your LoudMouth Pants and give it a go.

If you go…

PGA National Resort and Spa
400 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
(561) 627-2000

Hit ‘em straight!


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