Feb 08, 2022
The Honda Classic Is Moving on Up With Double Decker Structure At The Bear Trap and New Public Activations
Long known as a fan friendly event with one of the greatest spectator experiences in the game of tournament golf, The Honda Classic is literally reaching higher in 2022.
The tournament is back to a full build-out after a re-imagined year in 2021 due to Covid-19. And that means looking for ways to creatively expand its most popular spectator viewing spots as well as create new ones.
That ingenuity will be on display in the form of a Double Decker Goslings Bear Trap for the first time. The traditional lower deck will feature multiple food and beverage locations and vantage points to watch the action on the 16th green and 17th hole. The new upper deck will feature a private hospitality area called Bear Trap Reserve, expanded from 2020.
“The transition to multi-deck seating and hospitality is a natural progression for us as we continue to seek meaningful opportunities to expand,” Tournament Director Andrew George said. “Our build-out always features a variety of activations for our patrons, and 2022 will be no different with nearly two dozen structures spanning 11 different holes being offered.
“We put a premium on creatively growing the fan experience while also managing the large crowds that frequent our venues around the course. We will continue our focus on raising the bar for those who attend the event.”
The square footage at The Goslings Bear Trap main structure is now 52,000 sq. for both levels. The bottom level has more than 40,000 square feet of space with views of the play on the 16th green and 17th hole. The upper level, Bear Trap Reserve, includes private suites with reserved viewing locations and upgraded food and beverage service for purchase.
Goslings Bear Trap tickets are $150 daily.
Most structures around the golf course are back to 2020 levels, but several new areas have been added.
The Duffy’s Zone @ 8 is a new public spectator spot where spectators can watch the approach shots over the water at the par 4. The zone includes bleacher seating and a food concession with outdoor picnic tables.
At the 10th green, there are the new Wine Deck on 10 and Cincoro on 10 spectator venues.
The 16th fairway features the Garrison Brothers Distillery Bunker where fans can enjoy unique food with a distinct Texas feel and beverages to match.
And at the 18th tee, the new Honda Deck provides a public venue with front row tiered seating to watch the player tee shots as well as a glimpse into Honda products.
In all, there are more than 350,000 square-feet of public and private structures.
The Honda Classic was named the Most Fan First event of 2019 by the PGA TOUR largely because of the scope of the annual build-out. After the tournament, it will take more than a month to disassemble all of the structures.
“It’s all about creating the finest fan experience that we can,” Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “Each year we challenge ourselves to make this event better and we have been fortunate that we continue to gain support from the local community. It’s more than just a golf tournament now. The Honda Classic is a fixture in the community that people look forward to every single year.”
The following is a compilation of spectator venues around PGA National’s Champion course for The Honda Classic.
Driving Range – The Corona Beer Garden will have a larger variety of beers for fans to enjoy as the players practice. The range is sponsored by Tire Kingdom.
Hole 1 Tee – 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. The public bleacher is sponsored by Ideal Nutrition.
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.
Hole 4 Green – Just short of the green, there is a hill where spectators can stand and watch all the action on the fourth hole, plus the sixth hole.
Hole 8 Green – The Duffy’s Zone @ 8 is a new public spectator spot sponsored by Duffy’s Sports Grill. Spectators can watch the approach shots over the water at this par 4. The zone includes bleacher seating and a food concession with outdoor picnic tables.
Hole 9 Tee — The Corona Seltzer Bar will be the centerpiece of an area that also includes a backdrop for photo moments.
Hole 9 Green – The Terrace at 9 is open to the Public and also will be the location for After Play concerts. A public viewing deck provides a great vantage point for the action and there are plenty of food and beverage options. The ninth green is also the start of the Jupiter Medical Center Health Walk which continues through the back nine and ends on the 16th hole and is designed to encourage healthy movement around the course.
Hole 10 Tee – The US POLO ASSN. Champagne Lounge features Taittinger within an upscale hospitality venue located behind the 10th Tee. The separate Tito’s At The Turn offers specialty drinks and a video board with upscale lounge seating.
Hole 10 Green — The new Wine Deck on 10, Cincoro on 10 and Citi Lounge (Citi Card required which is also good for 10% off concession purchases course-wide) all provide great places to hang out at The Honda. This hole can also be viewed from Tito’s Stillhouse Lounge, which provides covered seating and views of the 17th hole as well.
Hole 11 Tee — The TruGreen Backyard will feature upscale seating with a back yard feel that includes outdoor lounge furniture, a video board and food and beverage concessions.
Holes 12-15 — Between the 12th green and 15th green, the elevated Corona Premier Clubhouse provides a great spot to watch all the action on five different holes. From a pure golf standpoint, it might be the best vantage point on the course.
Hole 14 Green — There is public seating in front of the Bear’s Den hospitality area.
Hole 16 – The Garrison Brothers Distillery Bunker provides unique food with a distinct Texas feel and beverages to match. There is viewing of 11 green off the back patio and great vantage point to watch all the action on this middle hole of the Bear Trap.
Hole 16 Green – Public seating to the left of the green is sponsored by Jupiter Medical Center and is the final stop of the Jupiter Medical Center Health Walk.
Hole 17 – The Honda Classic’s signature hole provides a great vantage point. The Goslings Bear Trap and Cobra Puma Golf Village enclose the tee box and several other hospitality areas line the fairway. The Cobra Puma Golf Village includes a public bleacher and there is also public seating at the Garden of Life Oasis. The FPL Patio is another area with public seating. The Tito’s Stillhouse Lounge is an indoor/outdoor fun venue with live music and covered seating to watch the action on 17.
Hole 18 Tee – The new Honda Deck provides a public venue with front row tiered seating to watch the player tee shots as well as a glimpse into Honda products. Nicklaus Neighborhood is the spot for family-friendly activities that involve the kids.
Hole 18 Green – Carrier is sponsoring public seating along the 18th fairway and green for fans that want to be there to cheer the players home and watch the final putt on Sunday.