Originally designed by Tom Fazio for major tournament play, the Champion Course was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1990. Although the Champion Course has generous landing areas and spacious and accepting greens, golfers are presented with course management challenges throughout their rounds. The Champion has five sets of teeing areas, so golfers can choose the yardage that best accommodates their playing abilities. This makes the course enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. The first hole runs along the adjoining driving range, with a practice green located next to the first tee for that last-minute warm up. The 15th, 16th and 17th holes, along with the 11th hole, have been designated as "The Bear Trap" by Nicklaus, statistically have all been among The Top 10 Most Difficult Holes on the Senior PGA Tour.
The Champion Golf Course has a distinguished place in Major Championship history. It was the site of the 1983 Ryder Cup Matches; the 1987 PGA Championship; the 1982-2000 PGA Seniors' Championships and the 1981, 1982 and 1994-2000 PGA Junior Championships. PGA National's Champion Course is now home to the PGA TOUR's Honda Classic.
The Champion Course is dedicated to Jack Nicklaus, in honor of a man whose commitment to golf has been an inspiration to the game and personifies the high standard of excellence we associate with the "Player of the Century."