WHAT: 2017 Honda Classic … All you need to know!
WHERE: February 20-26th at PGA National Resort & Spa
Adam Scott will defend his title against a field that includes 12 of the top 25 players, according to Official World Golf Rankings.
The Honda awarded a record $3.212 million in charitable contributions in 2016, the 10th straight year the event has increased its charitable distribution to South Florida Children's Charities. The tournament also attracted 202,128 confirmed spectators between Monday's Pro-Am and Sunday's final round that saw Adam Scott fight off Sergio Garcia to take the Honda Classic title.
Steven Alker, Blayne Barber, Ricky Barnes, Daniel Berger, Zac Blair, Ryan Blaum, Jonas Blixt, Jason Bohn, Steven Bowditch, Keegan Bradley, Ryan Brehm, Scott Brown, Wesley Bryan, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Chad Campbell, Miguel Angel Carballo, Paul Casey, Bud Cauley, Alex Cejka, Greg Chalmers, Stewart Cink, Chad Collins, Ben Crane, Jon Curran, Bryson DeChambeau, Graham DeLaet, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Ken Duke, Ernie Els, Harris English, Matt Every.Derek Fathauer, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Martin Flores, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Robert Garrigus, Brian Gay, Lucas Glover, Fabian Gomez, Retief Goosen, Branden Grace, Cody Gribble, Emiliano Grillo, Brandon Hagy, Brian Harman, Padraig Harrington, Tyrrell Hatton, David Hearn, Russell Henley, J.J. Henry, Jim Herman, Morgan Hoffmann, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Charles Howell III, Mark Hubbard, Mackenzie Hughes, John Huh, Billy Hurley III, Ryo Ishikaw
Freddie Jacobson, Zach Johnson, Sung Kang, Smylie Kaufman, Martin Kaymer, Michael Kim, Si Woo Kim, Whee Kim, Kevin Kisner, Patton Kizzire, Soren Kjeldsen, Russell Knox, Brooks Koepka, Kelly Kraft, Anirban Lahiri, Danny Lee, Marc Leishman, Spencer Levin, Nicholas Lindheim, David Lingmerth, Luke List, Andrew Loupe, Jamie Lovemark, Peter Malnati, Steve Marino, Graeme McDowell, William McGirt, Francesco Molinari, Alan Morin, Trey Mullinax, Grayson Murray, Seung-Yul Noh.
Sean O’Hair, Louis Oosthuizen, Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer, C.T. Pan, Cameron Percy, John Peterson, Carl Pettersson, Thomas Pieters, J.T. Poston, Ian Poulter, Seamus Power, Kyle Reifers, Patrick Rodgers, Rory Sabbatini, Xander Schauffele, Ollie Schniederjans, Adam Scott, John Senden, Vijay Singh, J.J. Spaun, Kyle Stanley, Brendan Steele, Shawn Stefani, Brett Stegmaier, Robert Streb, Brian Stuard, Daniel Summerhays, Hudson Swafford.
Vaughn Taylor, Justin Thomas, Michael Thompson, Cameron Tringale, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Harold Varner III, Jhonattan Vegas, Camilo Villegas, Johnson Wagner, Jimmy Walker, Nick Watney, Boo Weekley, Willy Wilcox, Tim Wilkinson, Danny Willett, Mark Wilson,Gary Woodland
Daily Grounds Passes
Tuesday, (Practice Round): $20 advance / $30 at gate
Wednesday, (Pro-Am): $30 advance / $40 at gate
Thursday-Sunday: (Rounds 1-4) $50 advance / $65 at gate
Free admission for kids Admission into The Honda Classic is FREE for kids 15 and under with a ticketed adult. Each kid receives a keepsake credential and lanyard (while supplies last), and access to kids only "Kids Zones" located right on top of the action at the 17th and 18th greens.
Classic Value Pack Weekly Ticket Booklet
The Classic Value Pack ticket booklet includes one Grounds Pass for each day of the tournament, Tuesday through Sunday and additional coupons to save even more at PGA National, Tire Kingdom, and local golf courses. Classic Value Weekly -- $150
Overlooking the 18th green, the NEW Legends Club includes premium food and top-shelf bar service. The Legends Club is a first-class venue to host friends and business colleagues. Tickets are $750 per person, per day. To purchase credentials, fans should call 561-799-2747.
Overlooking the 18th fairway, the Champions Club includes upscale food and premium bar service and is the ideal venue to host friends, family and business colleagues. Creatively designed for comfort and style, the outdoor observation decks, indoor and outdoor seating and variety of media resources allow guests to capture all the sights and sounds as the championship hangs in the balance.
Daily Champions Club (Thursday-Sunday) -- $400
Weekend Champions Club Package (2 Saturday or 2 Sunday tickets or 1 of each)-- $700
The Bear Trap
The Bear Trap, which encompasses the 15th through 17th holes, is one of the most exciting venues in golf and one of the toughest three-hole stretches on the PGA TOUR. But even more striking is the portfolio of viewing and hospitality options for spectators to watch all of the action. From the 360-degree viewing platform at the 15th hole to the Cobra Puma Golf Village, Celebrity Cruises Wine Garden, Waterford Club presented by First Republic Bank, Tito's Stillhouse Lounge and the Gosling's Dark 'N Stormy® Bear Trap at the signature 17th hole, the Bear Trap has grown into the most popular spot at The Honda Classic.
Gosling's Dark 'n Stormy® Bear Trap
A Gosling's Dark 'n Stormy® Bear Trap pass provides access onto the tournament grounds and into one of the most exciting venues in all of golf. This impressive marquis offers viewing of not only the 16th hole, but all the action on the signature par 3 17th hole. Daily Bear Trap, $125. Additional Party Packages available online
Cobra Puma Golf Village
A Cobra Puma Golf Village pass offers additional access into the Gosling's Dark 'n Stormy Bear Trap for expanded viewing of not only the signature 17th hole, but all the action over on the par 4 16th hole. Daily Cobra Puma Golf Village -- $125
In honor of The Honda Classic's distinctive championship trophy, the Waterford Club presented by First Republic Bank is a new upscale venue situated along the water on the picturesque, signature par 3 17th hole, offering a great mix of premium golf views and a shared hospitality experience. The all-inclusive credential provides upgraded seating in this semi-private, open-air setting, with unlimited food and premium bar service. The Waterford Club is open Thursday through Sunday of tournament week. Daily Waterford Club -- $275. Weekend Waterford Club Package (2 Saturday or 2 Sunday tickets or 1 of each) -- $475
Celebrity Cruises Wine Garden
The Celebrity Cruises Wine Garden, located on the signature par-3 17th hole with unobstructed sightlines from tee to green, is the best way for spectators to enjoy the covered seating, high-end interior decor, plus a variety of champagnes and wines from around the world. Among the wines and champagnes being served in 2017 are Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet, Beringer Waymaker Red Blend, Beringer Napa Chardonnay, Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet, Beringer Napa Sauvignon Blanc, Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay, Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial, Moët & Chandon Imperial Rose, and Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial . Daily Wine Tour Pack -- $69
Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages are on sale at thehondaclassic.com or by calling 1-844-846-6328.
Individual daily and weekly access is available to the General Parking Lot or the BallenIsles Parking Lot. Parking passes can be purchased online or by phone by calling 1-844-8HONDA8 (1-844-846-6328).
General Parking Located at Dyer Park on Haverhill Road North at Bee Line Highway. From I-95 take the Blue Heron Blvd. Exit West, go west on Blue Heron Blvd. to Bee Line Hwy. Take Bee Line Highway north to Haverhill Rd N and turn left (south). From the Florida Turnpike there is a SunPass only exit at Bee Line Hwy. Those without Sun Pass should take the PGA Blvd. Exit east to Military Trail. Turn right on Military Trail and follow south to Blue Heron Blvd. Turn right (West) onto Blue Heron Blvd. and follow to Bee Line Hwy. Take Bee Line Highway north to Haverhill Rd N and turn left (south). Shuttles will transport all spectators to the main tournament entrance. Daily -- $10. Weekly (Tuesday-Sunday) -- $35.
Located adjacent to the entrance of BallenIsles Country Club (eastbound side of PGA Blvd). From I-95 take the PGA Blvd. Westbound exit. Go west on PGA Blvd. to BallenIsles Blvd. and turn left (south). From the Florida Turnpike exit at PGA Blvd. Turn eastbound onto PGA Blvd. to BallenIsles Blvd. Shuttles will transport all spectators to the main tournament entrance. Daily -- $20 advance / $25 at the gate. Weekly -- $80
The Honda Classic offers two Will Call locations, all wirelessly connected, so that patrons can choose to visit the location that is closest to their parking destination. Please note - there will not be a will call location at the general parking lot; please pick up credentials at the front admissions gate. The two locations are as follows:
Will Call A
Located next to Admissions at the Tournament’s front entrance.
Will Call B
Located at PGA National Park - 340 Hiatt Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. From I-95, take Northlake Blvd. west past the Florida Turnpike overpass and turn right on Hiatt Drive. The park will be on the left. If using a GPS device, enter the following address: 340 Hiatt Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES PATRIOTS OUTPOST
Complimentary Admission for Military In honor of the men and women who have and are currently serving our nation, The Honda Classic in partnership with United Technologies offers complimentary tickets for Active Duty, Reservists, Retirees, their registered Dependents and Non-Retired Veterans Thursday through Sunday of tournament week. As an added benefit, each honoree has the ability to purchase up to two (2) discounted guest tickets per day (at $20 per person, valued at $250). Tickets also provide access to the United Technologies Patriots Outpost hospitality pavilion overlooking the signature par-3, 17th hole where complimentary lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Registration for the Patriot's Outpost is recommended in advance at thehondaclassic.com. Verification is required.
TIRE KINGDOM FAMILY DAY: Saturday at The Honda Classic is filled with activities for kids and families including the Kids Club offering interactive games, contests, and activities. Kids under 15 always receive free admission to The Honda with a ticketed adult, but on Family Day the first 1,500 also receive a giant golf ball for autograph collecting.
KIDS CLUB: One of the great features for kids on Family Day will be from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Honda Pavilion where there will be high-energy, interactive fun and games, contests and lots of prizes. Kids must be accompanied by a parent while participating in the Kids Club.
AFTER PLAY CONCERT SERIES: The Michelob ULTRA Terrace overlooks the 9th Green and is a great place to relax. During the day, spectators can watch the golf and enjoy food and drinks on an open air terrace. Then when the last putt drops, the Terrace becomes a party spot with music acts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights headlined by a Thursday night Free Community Concert by Kenny G.
Thursday – Kenny G Community Concert. Opening Act: South Florida country singer Taylor Norris
Friday – Fusion - Dance band featuring musicians who perform with some of the most famous artists in the industry including Pitbull, Pharrell Williams and Usher.
Saturday – Gosling’s Gold Seal After Party featuring Entourage, homegrown talent from the Magic City which take the party to the next level with smash hits from the old school to the new.
TIRE KINGDOM FIREWORKS
On Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., the skies above the Honda explode with the sparkling colors of fireworks, the perfect way to end the day.
Thursday and Friday: 2-6 p.m.: The Honda Classic (live on Golf Channel), 7 p.m.- 11p.m: The Honda Classic (replay on Golf Channel)
Saturday and Sunday: 1-3 p.m.: The Honda Classic (live lead-in coverage on Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m.: The Honda Classic (live coverage on NBC), 7 p.m.- 11p.m: The Honda Classic (replay on Golf Channel)
BEST SPECTATOR SPOTS
The Honda Classic is exploding with attractive private hospitality offerings. But the general admission spectator also has a multitude of great viewing options to choose from.
Here is a list of some of the best viewing spots:
The first tee is a great place to see the entire field begin its round at The Honda Classic all four days with half the field also making the turn there in the first two rounds. There is public bleacher seating for several hundred spectators sponsored by Sun Pass and a long and straight fairway with spot mounding that provides multiple vantage points.
HOLE 3 GREEN
Fans can watch the pros go for it in two at this reachable par 5. Spectators will see lots of birdies and eagles. There also is a concessions hub nearby.
HOLE 4 GREEN
Just short of the green, there is a hill where spectators can stand and watch all the action on the fourth, plus the sixth hole.
HOLE 8 GREEN
Spectators can watch the approach shots over the water at this par 4. Plus there are upgraded restrooms and extensive concessions and a beer tent behind the green
HOLE 9 GREEN
There is bleacher seating for several hundred fans plus the top deck of the Michelob Ultra Terrace provides a great vantage point where spectators can also watch the action at the 10th tee as well.
HOLE 10 TEE
The Moet and Chandon Champagne Lounge is a great place to hang out at The Honda. This upscale hospitality venue located behind the 10th Tee features premium Moët & Chandon champagne paired with fine cuisine from Brio Tuscan Grille. Open to all ticket holders, the lounge also features an outdoor observation deck with a direct view of the players’ tee shots.
HOLE 10 GREEN
The CitiCard Member Club allows CitiCard members to watch the action from an elevated hospitality location behind the 10th green that includes an outdoor patio and indoor cash bar.
HOLE 12 GREEN
Between the 12th green and 13th Tee, an elevated Terrace provides a great vantage point to watch all the action on those two holes, plus the 14th hole, the 15th hole and the 16th tee. From a pure golf standpoint, it might be the best vantage point on the course.
A 360-degree, 3,300-square-foot viewing platform overlooks the 15th hole which also offers views of the 14th green, 12th green, 13th tee and 16th tee. This location provides a premium hospitality experience for the general admission ticket holder.
The Ultra Deck sponsored by Michelob Ultra will be a social lounge with an assortment of beers on tap and food overlooking the 16th fairway.
HOLE 16 GREEN
Public seating on 16 presented by Brio is left of the green.
The Honda Classic's signature hole provides many great vantage points. Five rows of seating in front of Cobra Puma Village to the left of the tee enclose the tee box and provide a stadium feel. The Celebrity Cruises Wine Garden, Tito's Stillhouse Lounge and the FPL Patio all provide public seating between the tee and the green of this challenging par 3.
There is extensive and expanded bleacher seating for the general public in front of the elevated private hospitality areas approaching the green on this finishing hole that always plays a major role in crowning the Honda Classic champion.
SEE GOLFERS UP CLOSE, AUTOGRAPHS
When the best players in the world are on the golf course, spectators should stay behind the ropes and make sure to stay out of the way as they walk between holes. Players will not sign autographs while on the golf course. But check out these sneaky locations to get as up close and as personal as possible to some of the best players in the world.
* True golf fans know that the Practice Area at PGA National is a must-stop at The Honda Classic. You can grab a spot up against the ropes and be real close to the world’s best as they hone their craft…sometimes for hours on end. Sometimes players will stop and sign a few autographs.
* A Kids-only Autograph Zone is set up near the Pro Shop area and players visit regularly.
* PGA National Main Putting Green. There are two of them at The Honda Classic. But when players want extended practice time, they usually make their way to the main putting green behind the hotel.
* Short Game Practice Area - This area to the right of the first tee offers patrons a front-row view of the players.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Sunscreen, Sunglasses. A fashionable hat. All those things needed to make a statement and have a blast at The Honda are cool. But what shouldn’t spectators bring to the golf course?
* A camera. While taking photos is permitted – encouraged! – Monday through Wednesday, any budding shutterbugs will need to leave the equipment at home once the competition gets underway on Thursday.
* Banners and radios are also prohibited.
* There are plenty of places to sit and tons of shady spots, but if spectators want to bring their own chair or umbrella, they should leave the cases or covers at home. Those are prohibited items.
SPECTATOR TIPS AND RULES
* Spectators should display their credentials at all times.
* Stay behind the gallery ropes and cooperate with marshals at all times. Fairways can only be crossed at designated spots.
* Do not walk through bunkers or across greens.
* Hands in the air mean stop and be quiet while a player hits a shot.
* Remain still and quiet when a nearby player is preparing to hit a shot.
* Keep loose clothing from flopping and making noise in the wind.
* Help other spectators to see by kneeling or sitting if you are in the front of a large gallery.
* Please do not litter.
* Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
MOBILE DEVICE POLICY
* Phones must be on silent.
* Texting/emailing is allowed anywhere.
* Spectators must use "Phone Zones" designated throughout the golf course when making or receiving phone calls (check the course map for Phone Zone Locations).
*Mobile devices may not be used for video recording at any time during the week.
* Mobile devices may only be used to take golf action photos Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday-Sunday, fans can take non-action photos. But security will confiscate phones if spectators are taking pictures of live golf action.
* Devices tablet size and below are allowed on site.
* Repeated violators face device confiscation or removal from event.
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