2015 PGA Tour Tees Off in Florida’s Golf Capital® at The Honda Classic


Scott Schoenen, Director of Public Relations and Communications
Discover The Palm Beaches
561-233-3030, sschoenen@palmbeachfl.com

Malcolm Griffiths, Vice President
Development Counsellors International
212-444-7112, malcolm.griffiths@aboutdci.com  

2015 PGA Tour Tees Off in Florida's Golf Capital® at The Honda Classic,

Feb. 23 - March 1
Discover world-class golf in The Palm Beaches, Florida with Golf Passport

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2015) - The turf is always greener in The Palm Beaches, Florida. The world's leading Professional Golf Association of America (PGA) Tour players will tee off at the 43rd Annual Honda Classic golf tournament Feb. 23 - Mar. 1 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. This international golf tournament, paired with a wide selection of public and private golf courses that range from executive to championship level, make The Palm Beaches Florida's Golf Capital®.

This year, The Honda Classic is anticipated to attract more than 190,000 spectators eager to watch Russell Henley defend his title against a world-class field. These visitor arrivals drive the "Game of Kings" economic contribution to The Palm Beaches and the state of Florida. The Sunshine State receives an estimated $8.2 billion economic impact and $11 billion economic output from the sport. According to the 2013 Florida Golf Economic Impact Report, these totals exceed the $5.4 billion generated by the state's iconic amusement parks.

"As a premier golfing destination and the home of Florida's first 18-hole golf course, The Palm Beaches are an ideal location for a significant gathering such as The Honda Classic," said Jorge Pesquera, President and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches. "Spectators and participants alike will experience a destination rich in golf history with a diverse range of fairways to play."

Known as Florida's Golf Capital®, The Palm Beaches have more than 160 public, private and resort golf courses, including Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Breakers Palm Beach as well as The Honda Classic's headquarters, PGA National Resort & Spa. In addition to hosting this annual tournament, PGA National Resort & Spa is also the featured location for the current Golf Channel reality competition series Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL. The series features 12 aspiring golfers who battle it out for a chance to play with the pros on the PGA Tour's 2015 Barbasol Championship. Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL airs every Monday night at 9 p.m. EST.

Throughout The Palm Beaches, golfers at all handicap levels have an ample choice of pro shops, teaching facilities and driving ranges, including the Junior Golf Academy, to improve their game. Golfers also have the chance to swing a club alongside some of the world's best such as Rory McIlroy, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Westwood who call the area home. Another signature golf event, the PGA Champions Tour Allianz Championship, also calls The Palm Beaches home, at Boca Raton's The Old Course at Broken Sound.

Famed for its private golf clubs and resorts, the destination is home to more than four dozen public golf courses. Perfect for resident golfers on a budget or visitors looking for an authentic Florida golf experience, these public venues provide enthusiasts with access to expertly designed courses at a great value. Golfers can practice their swing at a variety of award-winning public courses, including Palm Beach's Par 3, a world-class course with views of both the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. For parents who are sharing their passion for this sport with their children, The Links at Boynton Beach offers an executive length nine-hole family course.

Palm Beach County Golf Passport from $160
Golf enthusiasts looking to obtain the most out of their golf getaway can take advantage of the Palm Beach County Golf Passport. Available year-round, from $160 during May - Dec. and from $240 Jan. - April, the promotion offers six rounds of golf at five of the destination's most unique public courses. Feel like a PGA pro playing 18-holes on Okeeheelee Golf Course, Osprey Point Golf Course, Park Ridge Golf Course, Southwinds Golf Course as well as nine holes at the John Prince Golf Learning Center. Passport holders will also receive a free bucket of balls and a "Bonus Coupon" good for one free round at any of the five participating courses.

For more information on The Honda Classic, visit www.TheHondaClassic.com. Information on golf experiences in The Palm Beaches can be found online at www.PalmBeachFL.com/vacations/golf-spa/ .

About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $34 million in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting more than 60,000 jobs.

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