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    • PLAYER CHALLENGES FUEL EXCITEMENT AT THE BEAR TRAP

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - The Bear Trap at PGA National Resort & Spa - a three-hole challenge from Nos. 15-17 - was the toughest stretch on those three particular three holes on the PGA TOUR in 2009.

    The holes played in a combined 385 over-par during the 2009 Honda Classic after playing in 356 over-par in 2008. There were 1,305 attempts on the three holes and 100 birdies, 839 pars, 261 bogeys, 93 double-bogeys, 10 triple-bogeys and two quadruple bogeys. That adds up to a .885 average relative to par.

    The 15th through 17th at Bay Hill in Orlando was the second-toughest Hole 15-17 stretch at .865 relative to par. The 15th through 17th at Bethpage in New York for the U.S. Open was third at .768.

    Water comes into play on all three holes on PGA National's Champion course and is obviously a huge contributor to the degree of difficulty of The Bear Trap.

    The par-three 15th hole had 29 birdies, 85 bogeys, 40 double-bogeys, and 1 other. There were 280 pars.

    The par-four 16th hole had 44 birdies, 77 bogeys, 17 double-bogeys, and two others. There were 295 pars.

    The par-three 17th hole had 27 birdies, 99 bogeys, 36 double-bogeys, and nine others. There were 264 pars.

    There is so much excitement and leader board movement at the three-hole stretch of the golf course that it has become an epicenter for spectators attending The Honda Classic.

    It starts with the seating area overlooking the 16th green and 17th tee. The Amstel Light Bear Trap area is a 5,500 square-foot hospitality marquee with tiered seating that brings a sports bar atmosphere to the Bear Trap.  Upgraded food and beverage is available and plasma televisions provide coverage of the tournament. Lawn chairs dot the marquee's exterior. Tickets for the Amstel Light Bear Trap are $75 Thursday and Friday and $100 Saturday and Sunday. Party paks that include limited free drinks are also available.

    The 17th hole, a 190-yard par-three across water, has evolved into a signature hole of sorts for the Honda, the tournament's version of the 16th hole in Phoenix, the island green at the 17th hole at the TPC at Sawgrass or hole No. 16 at Augusta.

    Seven green-side skysuites will form the backdrop for the challenging par three as companies entertain their clients amid the festive atmosphere.

    The FPL Pavilion is a 2,000 square-foot public hospitality area that will have plasma televisions with a live feed of the tournament broadcast and covered stadium seating with unobstructed view of the play on the 17th. The RBC Bank Wine Garden, a 2,000 square-foot hospitality area bordering the 17th hole which will provide spectators with sampling opportunities from a variety of winemakers, covered seating and unobstructed sightlines, is a new addition to the Bear Trap in 2010.

    "The Bear Trap was able to generate a lot of excitement last year, particularly on Sunday when the final groups came through," Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. "I really think that the Bear Trap combined with the hospitality options that we are making available there will continue to be one of the main focal points of the tournament."

    Hospitality options at the 18th hole remain the primary vehicle for corporations looking to entertain their clients at The Honda. The tournament has 16 sky suites and chalets at the finishing hole and also is offering The Champions Club at Nicklaus Village, a 4,800-square-foot upscale, all-inclusive entertainment option on the 18th fairway. Outdoor observation decks of the 18th and 10th holes will provide premium views and high-end catering.

    Anyone interested in the special hospitality packages for The Champions Club, Chalets or Skysuites (18th hole), or The Bear Trap (17th hole) can call Joanie Connors at 561-799-4619 to order.

    The 2010 edition of The Honda Classic will be played March 1-7 at PGA National Resort & Spa.

    The tournament, Palm Beach County's largest sporting event, awarded more than $642,000 to area children's charities in 2009 to surpass the $16 million mark in charitable contributions during American Honda's 28-year tenure as title sponsor.

    Individual daily tickets can be purchased for $15 (Tuesday and Wednesday), $30 (Thursday and Friday) or $40 (Saturday and Sunday).  A Classic Value Pack good for the entire week is $95 and includes over $300 worth of added value coupons from area golf courses, restaurants and PGA National Resort & Spa.

    Call 1-866-8HONDA8 (866-846-6328) to order tickets or visit thehondaclassic.com.

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