I can't say that I can ever recall a press release going out celebrating the increased difficulty of a course, or in this case, the dreaded "Bear Trap." Until now...
Much-Feared “Bear Trap” Ranks as Toughest Three-Hole Stretch in Professional Golf
Palm Beach Gardens, FL (March 14, 2008) – South African Ernie Els and his fellow PGA tour players kicked off the Florida Swing at The Honda Classic, recently taking the stage on “The Champ” course at PGA National Resort & Spa. After two separate rounds of renovations in as many years, The Champ proved to be as formidable an opponent as the players themselves with the course’s daunting “Bear Trap” – a series of three holes, starting with No. 15 - continuing to test the game and spirit of the best players in modern golf. At this year’s Honda Classic the “Bear Trap” netted an astounding 356 over par, compared with last year’s 254 over par, proving the improvements enhanced not only the quality of the course, but also its difficulty.
“We are thrilled with the extensive renovations by Nicklaus Design and Superior Golf Concepts,” said PGA National Resort & Spa managing director, Joel Paige. “The combined scores from holes 15, 16 and 17 have shown that our “Bear Trap” offers professional golfers the toughest three-hole stretch anywhere in the world.”
I'm booking my trip to Palm Beach Gardens as soon as possible.