Golfers and fans get excited for this time of year, here in South Florida. The Honda Classic brings the world's best PGA TOUR players to Palm Beach County, providing a week of entertainment for the entire community. Although it may look a bit different this year, because of the safety protocols in place, it continues to be a signature event in the world of sports, and it’s right here, in our backyard!
When: February 15- March 21, 2021
Where: One of the premier golf and resort destinations in the world: PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Who to See: The last two tournament champions on the PGA TOUR have committed to play in the 2021 Honda Classic: Waste Management Phoenix Open champion Brooks Koepka and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am champion Daniel Berger, both Palm Beach County natives and residents, will take on a world class field in this year’s tournament.
What to Expect This Year
With the primary focus on the health and well-being for all involved with the tournament and the local community, daily attendance will be limited.
The Honda Classic has become known throughout the golf world as an event with one of the premier fan experiences in sports, being named the Most Fan-First event of 2019 by the PGA TOUR. While attendance records will not be broken in 2021, tournament officials are building a unique and first-class fan experience, provided in a safe and responsible manner while continuing to make a significant charitable impact throughout South Florida.
There will be a re-imagined Bear Trap on the 17th hole with social distancing guidelines. The 18th hole footprint will be different too, but there will be fans waiting there on Sunday when the new Honda champion is crowned.
The Bear Trap, which usually winds around the 16th green and 17th hole tee box area, is being re-imagined into three sections with limited seating in socially-distanced blocks of two and four seats. Advance reservations for The Bear Trap and other shared and private hospitality areas are now being taken. General admission ticket sales will also be available.
The traditional Pro-Am events, essential for the tournament’s charitable endeavors, will be contested during the week, with amateur participants being tested prior to those competitions.
Staying Safe at the Event
Protocols will be put in place including the mandatory use of facial coverings, social distancing and other health and safety measures. All permanent and temporary structures will have complete daily sanitation along with all golf carts and vehicles used in tournament operations. All interactions from start to finish including ticketing, admissions, merchandise, and concessions will be contactless and safety measures regarding food preparation and distribution will be in place.
Helping Our Local Community
The Honda Classic awarded a record-shattering $5.35 million to 103 South Florida philanthropic organizations in 2020, the 14th consecutive year that the PGA TOUR event has been able to increase its impact on the lives of local children and their families. Honda Classic Cares is also considering additional ways to raise money this year to minimize the impact of a possible reduced charity distribution because of limited crowds and hospitality venues.
The Honda Classic has now surpassed $50 million in charitable contributions as American Honda approaches its 40th year as title sponsor of the PGA TOUR event, including almost $35 million in the 14 years since Children’s Healthcare Charity, Inc. became the host organization and moved the event to PGA National Resort and Spa. The $5.35 million is impacting more than 91,000 children and their families this year in Palm Beach County.
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