Honda Classic 2017: Win a chance to play with a golf pro

Palm Beach County tourism leaders are giving away the chance to play with a golf pro at this year’s Honda Classic in hopes the contest will convince more sports enthusiasts vacation here.

030809 Spt  honda wi (9) Staff photo by Bill Ingram /The PBPost 0061626J WITH STORY TBA --  Y.E. Yang tee shot at the seven tee during final round action of the 2009 Honda classic Sunday at PGA National, in Palm Beach Gardens. SCR 2575
030809 Spt honda wi (9) Staff photo by Bill Ingram /The PBPost 0061626J WITH STORY TBA — Y.E. Yang tee shot at the seven tee during final round action of the 2009 Honda classic Sunday at PGA National, in Palm Beach Gardens. SCR 2575

The lucky winner will get the chance to “play with a professional golfer just yards from the action” at this year’s tournament, which begins next month.

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The prize includes:

* One amateur playing position in the Saturday Pro-Am
* One premium gift packages provided by The Honda Classic
* One invitation for the Pairings Breakfast & Awards luncheon
* Two Saturday Waterford Club credentials
* One Saturday Valet Parking Pass
* Two  nights hotel accommodations at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa (double occupancy standard room and tax only)

“This is the chance of a lifetime for any golf enthusiast,” said Jorge Pesquera, the president and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization. “To be able to tee off with a professional, while other pros are competing during such a prestigious golf tournament – our Honda Classic Sweepstakes is a golfer’s dream come true.”

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Discover has spent years working to build the county’s reputation as a destination for golf lovers. The effort was given a boost in 2015, when The Golf Channel began airing a popular reality television show produced on the links at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

Discover has dubbed Palm Beach County as Florida’s Golf Capital. The county has more than 160 public, private and resort golf courses. The area is also the home of Florida’s first 18-hole golf course, Pesquera said.

For contest information and to enter, visit www.thepalmbeaches.com/honda-classic-sweepstakes.

 

 

Honda Classic sees record attendance

Even without crowd magnets Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy playing on the weekend, The Honda Classic drew a record-breaking number of spectators this year thanks to picture-perfect weather conditions, organizers said Monday.

Sergio Garcia reacts to putting his drive in the fairway on the 6th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on February 28, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Sergio Garcia reacts to putting his drive in the fairway on the 6th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on February 28, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

This year’s week-long event attracted 202,128 spectators to PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, beating the pervious record set in 2014 – the last time the tournament had perfect weather. The 2014 tournament drew 193,052 people.

The weather was a reversal from last year’s tournament, when heavy rains and winds canceled a day of play and forced a Monday finish. This year’s attendance was 36,928 higher than the weather-plagued 2015 event, which drew 165,200 spectators.

“This is a tribute to the connection that The Honda Classic has made with the community,” Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “People enjoy coming out to the tournament and they have a great time once they are here. It really has become the place to be every year and people keep bringing more of their friends.”

The annual tournament is the largest sporting event in Palm Beach County — drawing more spectators than any other game or athletic competition.

Organizers estimate the event pumps roughly $45 million into the local economy each year.