The Champion Course may only be booked as part of a "Stay & Play" package. Please see the "PGA National Resort & Spa - Stay & Play" listing on the lodging page for details.
Originally designed by Tom Fazio for major tournament play, the Champion Course was eventually redesigned by Jack Nicklaus. Although the Champion Course has generous landing areas and spacious and accepting greens, golfers are presented with course management challenges throughout their rounds. The course has five sets of teeing areas, so golfers can choose the yardage that best accommodates their playing abilities. This makes the course enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. The 15th, 16th and 17th holes - which, along with the 11th hole, have been designated as "The Bear Trap" by Nicklaus -- statistically have all been among the most difficult Holes on the PGA Tour.
The Champion Golf Course has a distinguished place in Major Championship history. It was the site of the 1983 Ryder Cup Matches; the 1987 PGA Championship; the 1982-2000 PGA Seniors' Championships; and the 1981, 1982, and 1994-2000 PGA Junior Championships. PGA National's Champion Course is now home to the PGA TOUR's Honda Classic. The Championship Course is dedicated to Jack Nicklaus, in honor of a man whose commitment to golf has been an inspiration to the game, and personifies the high standard of excellence we associate with the "Player of the Century." This course is "Cart Path Only" from September 1-Memorial Day (1st Monday in May). Group Forecaddie mandatory between December 1-April 30.