Beyond the Bear Trap - PGA National`s Champion a great Florida golf course

Released on = April 21, 2007, 11:18 am

Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = Beyond Bear Trap, PGA National\'s Champion a great Florida
play. Course reviews at

Press Release Body = By Chris Baldwin,
Senior Writer,
Golf Publisher Syndications

PGA National\'s much-hyped Bear Trap may be more about opening golfers\' wallets than
buckling their knees. But beyond the hype, National\'s Nicklaus-redesigned Champion
course is a terrific south Florida play

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The plaque stops most golfers cold.

It\'s right before the 15th tee at the Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa.
It takes up the surface of a large rock and includes a solemn quote from Jack
Nicklaus meant to make the average golfer\'s knees buckle:

\"It should be won or lost right here.\"

Welcome to the Bear Trap - Nos. 15-17 at the Champion course and one of the great
marketing inventions in golf.

The Bear Trap - born of Nicklaus\' redesign of the George and Tom Fazio original -
gives this Palm Beach Gardens golf course an instant identity in a south Florida
golf market glutted with luxury golf communities. It\'s been in almost as many ads as
Peyton Manning.

Don\'t believe the hype. The Bear Trap isn\'t about buckling knees, it\'s about opening
wallets ($241 high-season green fee). The good news is, beyond the three-hole
marketing myth is a course that\'s enjoyable from start to finish

No. 18, a newly renovated 600-yard double dogleg, is arguably a more impressive hole
than any in the Trap.

Nicklaus added a far back tee over water - a lot of swampy Florida water - in
preparation for the PGA Tour\'s return to PGA National with last March\'s Honda

Facing that drive is much more stomach-spinning than taking the tee at the Trap\'s
two water-carry par 3s.

\"Forget the Bear Trap,\" visiting golfer Zane Sanders said. \"No. 18 is the hole that
can eat you alive right at the end of the round when you think you\'re home free.\"

It\'s best not to go to sleep at No. 10 either. It doesn\'t look too intimidating from
the tees, but those trees are closer than you think, and the green is tucked in as
tight as a farmer at 10 p.m. At the Honda Classic it yielded more than half as many
bogeys (143) as pars (256).

Of course, for the pros it plays as a par 4. For you, it\'s a par 5, and you\'ll be
thankful for that - although probably still staring at a bogey.

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April 20, 2007
Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily
represent the views of the management.

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