It’s been deemed by some as the toughest three holes on the PGA Tour. Nicknamed after 18-time golf champion, Jack Nicklaus, aka “The Golden Bear”, The Bear Trap is one of the most challenging three-hole stretches on the tour.
With The Honda Classic right around the corner, noteworthy golfers from around the world will head to South Florida for the tournament.
Holes 15, 16 and 17 comprise the Bear Trap. On their own, they are terrifyingly challenging, but combined, they are a menace to a great round of championship play. “There’s a pretty good reason they call it the Bear Trap because if it doesn’t get you one way, it’s going to get you another,” says Rory Sabbatini, 2011 winner of The Honda Classic.
The first, Hole 15, greets the ambitious player with a statue of a bear and a plaque that reads, “It should be won or lost right here.” The mantra and forewarning was written by Nicklaus himself (whose legendary firm re-designed the course).
“15 and 17 are just brutal,” Rory McIlroy, pro-golfer from Northern Ireland, said. “Brutal.”
Nicklaus reassures attendees, players, and golfers alike: “It’s not about length, it’s about precision. It’s about guts. It’s all about what do you have in your chest that you can finish those holes.” There’s optimism. It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about what attitude the player brings to the course.
Yes, the seating is ours, and again, we consider ourselves one lucky company to work on such a challenging and stunning course.