Images of The Bear Trap at PGA National Resort and Spa

  • 01 of 09

    Images of The Bear Trap at PGA National Resort and Spa

    Image of the Bear Trap Marker at 15
    ••• The Bear Trap Marker at 15. Copyright © 2008 Blair Howard - Licensed to About.com

    The marker at the 15th as you enter the Bear Trap. The inscription by Jack Nicklaus, Champion Course designer, says: “ It should be won or lost right here.” The three holes that comprise the Bear Trap are said to be “three of the toughest holes in South Florida.” Read a review of the PGA National Resort & Spa

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  • 02 of 09

    Image of the 15th at the Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National

    Image of The 15th at Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa
    ••• The 15th at Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. Copyright © 2008 Blair Howard - Licensed to About.com

    Fifteen is a par three of 179 yards, from the back tee. You must carry at least 150 yards over water to reach the green, which is surrounded on three sides by a lake. If your ball rolls off the putting surface, it’s either in a bunker so deep you need a ladder to climb in and out of it, or it’s gone forever into the watery depths. It’s quite an island green, but….Read a review of the PGA National Resort & Spa

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  • 03 of 09

    Image of The 15th Green - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort

    Image of The 15th Green - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa
    ••• The 15th Green - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. Copyright © 2008 Blair Howard - Licensed to About.com

    Image of The 15th Green - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. Read a review of the PGA National Resort & Spa

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  • 04 of 09

    View from the Back of the 15th Green at The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA Na

    Image of View from the Back of the 15th Green at The Bear Trap - Champion Course
    ••• View from the Back of the 15th Green at The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. Copyright © Blair Howard
    Image of View from the Back of the 15th Green at The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. Read a review of the PGA National Resort & Spa
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  • 05 of 09

    The 16th - View Across the Lake From the Tee at The Bear Trap - Champion Course

    Image of The 16th - View across the lake from the tee at The Bear Trap - Champion Course
    ••• The 16th - View across the lake from the tee at The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. Copyright © 2008 Blair Howard

    The 16th - View across the lake from the tee at The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. The green is to the right where you see the bunkers. The way to the green is to skirt the lake.

    Sixteen is a par four of 434 yards from the Black Tee. Much of it is over water, scrub and a gigantic fairway bunker. The drive, from the Black Tee, must carry some 240 yards-plus to a point where the hole (notice I didn’t say fairway) doglegs sharply to the right: the second shot must carry the final 190 yards to the green. There’s trouble all the way along the right side – bunker and water. For us lesser mortals the play, even from one of the forward tees, is a drive, a lay-up second to the left taking the water out of play, and then a final chip to the green in the hopes of making the putt. Oh, and did I mention the greenside bunkers? More ladders! This is one tough par 4.

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  • 06 of 09

    The 16th - The Way to the Green - The Bear Trap - Champion Course

    Image of The 16th - The Way to the Green - The Bear Trap - Champion Course
    ••• The 16th - The Way to the Green - The Bear Trap - Champion Course. Copyright © 2008 Blair Howard
    The way to the green, from the Black Tee, means making a drive that must carry some 240 yards-plus, left of the lake and this huge bunker, roughly to this point where the hole (notice I didn’t say fairway) doglegs sharply to the right: the second shot must carry the final 190 yards to the green. There’s trouble all the way along the right side – bunker and water. You can see the green away across the lake to the right. Read a review of the PGA National Resort & Spa
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  • 07 of 09

    16th Green - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa

    Image of the 16th Green - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa
    ••• 16th Green - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. Copyright © 2008 Blair Howard
    This is your shot to the 16th Green at the The Bear Trap on the Champion Course at PGA National Resort and Spa. The wimpy way to go is to lay up way to the left of the green thus taking the water out of play. Read a review of the PGA National Resort & Spa
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  • 08 of 09

    Image of The 17th - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Sp

    Image of The 17th - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa
    ••• Image of The 17th - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. Copyright © 2008 Blair Howard - Licensed to About.com
    Seventeen is another par three over water. The carry from the Black Tee this time is 172 yards, all of it over water, to a long narrow green front to back. Again, any ball rolling right off the putting surface is gone forever. To the left side of the green lies a fearsome, deep bunker. A bunker shot from there must have plenty of back spin; if not, it will roll past the pin, off the green, and into the water. Read a review of the PGA National Resort & Spa
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  • 09 of 09

    The Bear Trap - 17th Green - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa

    The Bear Trap - 17th Green - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa
    ••• The Bear Trap - 17th Green - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. Copyright © 2008 Blair Howard - Licensed to About.com

    Image of The 17th with the view From the Back of the Green across the Lake Toward the Tee - The Bear Trap - Champion Course - PGA National Resort and Spa. Read a review of the PGA National Resort & Spa

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