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HONDA CLASSIC NAMED PGA TOUR’S MOST FAN FRIENDLY EVENT
The Honda Classic has been named the “Most Fan First Event” on the PGA TOUR at the annual Best Of Awards that were presented at the TOUR’s annual meetings in Ponte Vedra, FL.
The tournament, which has made a massive commitment to the spectator experience since moving to PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 2007, was recognized by the TOUR for excellence in the area of fan engagement for the second time. The Honda Classic first won the Most Fan First Event award in 2014. The tournament was recognized in 2018 for Best Onsite Staging among PGA TOUR events.
“We are thrilled that the efforts we have made to make attending The Honda Classic a fantastic experience are being recognized on a national level,” Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “We have continued to have tremendous crowds that regularly set attendance records. To be recognized by the PGA TOUR for the experience we create for our fans is an additional validation of what we set out to establish when we moved to PGA National Resort & Spa in 2007 and re-imagined The Honda Classic.
“We look forward to remaining innovative for years to come to continue living up to the recognition we have continued to receive from the PGA TOUR.”
The “Most Fan-First Event” award recognizes the PGA TOUR event that stands out for affordable ticket options, parking and transportation accessibility, food options, amenity stations and social media activation engagement.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I am thrilled to congratulate The Honda Classic on being recognized with a ‘Best Of’ award for the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season,” said PGA TOUR Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “The tournament committee and title sponsor, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., should be extremely proud of their collaborative efforts and for being celebrated as the best among their peers on TOUR.”
The Honda Classic expanded its options for ticket holders in 2019 with a tournament-record 18 public structures. These included the Legends Club and Champions Club at the 18th hole and the Goslings Bear Trap, Cobra Puma Golf Village, Waterford Club, Garden of Life Presents The Oasis, FPL Patio, Tito’s Stillhouse Lounge and The Bear Trap Reserve at the 17th hole.
Additional activations around the course included the One Sotheby’s International Realty Champagne Lounge at the 10th tee, Wright’s Way between the 11th and 17th holes, The ULTRA Club at the 18th tee, the United Technologies Patriots Outpost at the 17th hole, The Devonshire Public seating area at the 14th green and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital public seating at the 16th green.
In addition, the tournament offered a variety of food selections, including food by Brio restaurants at the One Sotheby’s International Realty Champagne Lounge, the new “Trucks in the Trees” food-truck site at the eighth hole, and a multitude of concession areas throughout the golf course with unique offerings such as paella, and brisket and bourbon.
Other on-site amenities included a courtesy shuttle, complimentary charging stations and unique shopping experiences by PGA National, Lilly Pulitzer and Cobra Puma Golf.
The Michelob Ultra Terrace featured an After Play Concert series Thursday through Saturday night. The Tire Kingdom Fireworks Spectacular lit up the skies above PGA National after the concerts on Friday and Saturday.
Tire Kingdom Family Day on Saturday featured several activities for kids and families including the Kids Zone.
The 2020 Honda Classic, won last year by Keith Mitchell, will field a who’s who of top- notch competitors including Brooks Koepka, Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell, Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler and be contested Feb. 27-March 1 at the magnificent PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.
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