Photo of the Week: The Bear Trap – PGA National – West Palm Beach, FL

Few golf experiences are as memorable as playing the superb PGA National Resort Champion Course two weeks before the PGA Tours Honda Classic. 

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The Bear at PGA National

A Nicklaus layout, a full size bear greets you at the resort entrance.

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The Author and the Bear Near the Fifteenth Tee at PGA National

Known for three holes on the back nine that Jack named The Bear Trap – Holes 15,16 and 17. All three require long carriers over water. They are perhaps the most diabolical three consecutive holes in golf.

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The Bear Trap Plaque
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Hole 15 – PGA National Champions course – Black Tee

The first hole of the Bear Trap, fifteen, plays 176 yards with water guarding the right side. Pin placements on the right half of the green are treacherous.

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Hole 16 – PGA National Champions course – Black Tee

The second hole of the Bear Trap is the 434-yard par 4 sixteenth. After a drive that needs to challenge the right side, golfers must carry water to a severely sloping green protected on the front with a large bunker.

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Hole 17 – PGA National Champions course – Black Tee

The last hole of the Bear Trap is the seventeenth, a 172-yard par 3 again over water to a well bunkered green. Those that survive the Bear Trap in even par are ahead of the field.

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