PGA National - Palm Beach Gardens Fla

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2007 Honda ClassicThis week the PGA TOUR returns to PGA National Resorts Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for the Honda Classic, where GCSAA members John Andersen, CGCS, director of agronomy for the resorts five courses, and Blair Kirby, superintendent of the Champion Course have made some competitive enhancements in preparation for the event.
 
  • Hole 3 - added two fairway bunkers to right side landing area
  • Hole 8 - added palm trees along left side of rough
  • Hole 10 - moved fairway bunker 20 yards closer to green and added palm trees to left side
  • Hole 11 - added cluster of palm trees off left side of tee
  • Hole 12 - moved fairway bunker 20 yards closer to green, added large oak and cluster of palm trees to left side of landing area
  • Hole 13 - remodeled fairway bunker, extending walkout fingers
  • Hole 14 - enlarged fairway bunkers
     
    South Florida is in a drought and the South Florida Water District has the area observing Phase III water restrictions, meaning a 45 percent cutback in monthly allotments for PGA National Resort and weekly monitoring of water usage.
     
    Andersen and staff are micromanaging their turf care more than ever, taking advantage of irrigation technology for special programming and scheduling of hot spots on the golf course, doing more hand watering of putting surfaces, and using historical data of problem areas to proactively treat dry locations. Very timely rains the last two weeks have been very helpful in tournament preparations for Andersen and staff, as well as their efforts to capture water for future use.
     
    Andersen points to holes 15, 16 and 17, from a strategic standpoint, as a key point which could make or break a golfers' round. The par 3-4-3, known as the Bear Trap (Nicklaus design), each have water come into play and usually face into the wind.
     

    COURSE STATISTICS
    YardageParRatingSlope
    Ladies59847269.9129
    Regular67217273.3144
    Championship70487275.3147

     
    COURSE CHARACTERISTICS
    Primary GrassesHeight of Cut
    FairwaysBermudagrass; perennial ryegrass0.450'
    GreensBermudagrass; perennial ryegrass; Poa trivalias0.115'
    RoughBermudagrass; perennial ryegrass3.5'

     
    COURSE NUMBERS
    Stimpmeter10.6 feet
    Sand bunkers78
    Water Hazards26

     
    Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - The Honda Classic
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