THE ROAD AHEAD

The Honda Classic

February 24-March 1, 2020
The Honda Classic is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in south Florida. It was founded 48 years ago in 1972 as Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic, and is usually the first of the Florida events in late winter following the "West Coast Swing." The Honda has been hosted by PGA National Resort and Spa since 2007. The Champion course was redesigned in 2002 by Jack Nicklaus. The tough three hole stretch of the par-3 15th, par-4 16th, and par-3 17th holes is known as "The Bear Trap," after Nicklaus, who is nicknamed the Golden Bear.

Arnold Palmer Invitational

March 2-8, 2020 The Arnold Palmer Invitational is played at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, a private golf resort owned since 1974 by Arnold Palmer. A course rich in history, it was the 1st planted with Tifway (Tifton 419) Bermuda grass. In Summer, 2009 Palmer decided to renovate the course with the specific goals of the renovation on three distinct areas: Agronomic/Maintenance (redesign of all 18 greens), Playability and Aesthetics which included the reworking of all the bunkering and major changes in four holes that altered the yardage from 7,103 to 7,196 and from par 71 to par 72.

pending: The Players Championship

March 10-15, 2020
Working with golf course architect Pete Dye, PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman wanted a course design that would favor no particular player or style of play. To meet this goal, an extensive effort was made to design a balanced golf course. There had to be a selection of short, medium and long holes within the categories of par-3s, par-4s and par-5s. There had to be both right and left doglegs. The course routing was laid out so no two consecutive holes ever played in the same direction. With this concept, wind direction would have a more balanced influence on the field of players. The inaugural Players Championship was held at TPC Sawgrass in 1982 – leaving most of the true players wide-eyed with wonder. The original design was met with mixed reactions, many of them highly critical. Adding to the controversy was the fact that many of the day’s top players didn’t make the cut – including Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The 17th hole is perhaps the most famous Par-3 in the world--an island green surrounded by water.