The Honda Classic: An Insider’s Guide to The Palm Beaches’ Premier Golf Event

February 25, 2021

The PGA Tour returns to PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens for the always highly anticipated Honda Classic golf tournament running March 15 - 21, 2021.

While spectators are welcome, the tournament will look a little different this year. Here’s your guide to getting the most out of your trip to the links.

Gallery of Fans at the Honda Classic
Photo by Cristyle Egitto

 Tickets & Passes
The Honda Classic offers a variety of ticketing options – you just have to decide on the experience you’re looking to create.  Fan safety is the top priority, so the number of spectators allowed on-site will be limited and different items may sell out. Tickets are limited to 4 per transaction and must be purchased in advance.

Grounds tickets are available for $60 a day for Thursday through Sunday, allowing for general tournament access. Waterford Club and Champions Club tickets cost $325 providing access into general grounds and respective clubs with open-air seating and all-inclusive food and beverage service.
 
The ever-popular Bear Trap has been divided into three sections: along the right side of the 17th tee box, behind it and along the left side as well. This year, daily tickets will grant access to a particular section of the Bear Trap along with general grounds admission.
 
Private hospitality options include the 17th and 18th hole Skysuites, cabanas along the 17th hole that provide seating for up to 10 guests, and the Bear’s Den situated along the green of the 14th hole.

Hospitality tent at the Honda Classic
Photo by Cristyle Egitto

Where to Watch

Make sure to check out the upgraded hospitality options before you purchase your ticket, as there are a handful of credentialed venues to choose from. Also be sure to review the offerings of each venue as many have been tailored for safety reasons including open-air designs.
 
While the Bear Trap may have a new format, it is sure to continue to be a popular location for golf viewing and enjoying a Dark N’ Stormy made with Goslings dark rum and ginger beer.

A Goslings Dark N' Stormy at the Honda Classic
Photo by Cristyle Egitto

What to Wear

First things first, please abide by the tournament’s guidelines regarding facial coverings. The dress code for the weekend is smart casual. Being on the course, flats or athletic shoes are recommended, or wedges if you feel the need for height. There’s a lot of walking on grass and a lot of walking in general. Most men arrive in performance fabric polos and shorts, while ladies’ outfits vary from athleisure to fashionable rompers and sundresses. The weather is typically warm and sunny, so don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses and keep fabrics light and airy. While some years have started with a morning chill, stick to layers as the afternoons tend to heat up.
 
If you want to feel especially on-trend, Lilly Pulitzer releases a Honda Classic capsule collection each year before the event with items for men and women, including hats, tops and skorts in its custom tournament print. A percentage of the print’s sales go towards Honda Classic Cares, which distributes grants to local philanthropic organizations.

Course Etiquette

While the Honda Classic has become a known party spot, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a professional sporting event with players working and competing. Event staff have signage or raise their arms to indicate when the crowds need to maintain a low volume – especially during tee-off and putts – and fans should be respectful of the course and match play. Ropes and barriers are located along the course to direct foot traffic and protect the grounds and spectators. Rude or offensive behavior is heavily frowned upon, and inappropriate interactions with players may lead to attendee removal.
 
Regarding COVID-19, working within local and state guidelines, and in partnership with the PGA TOUR, the tournament has exceeded all requirements to promote a clean and safe event. They are providing PPE, which will be available throughout the property, as well as enforcing facial covering guidelines, enhancing safety measures around food and beverage, increasing restroom and hand-washing facilities on site, and using enhanced protocols including temperature checks, contactless experiences and social distancing.
 
As always, please drink responsibly and tip your bartender.

Entrance of PGA National
Photo by Cristyle Egitto

Getting There and Parking
If you plan to participate in the party side of The Honda Classic, I recommend ordering a ride-hailing service like Uber or Lyft. You can be dropped off fairly close to the action and already have a way to get home after drinking responsibly.
 
BallenIsles parking starts at $25 daily and is available at designated parking sites surrounding PGA National Resort & Spa. Upgraded parking in the PGA of America Parking lot is available for $50 daily. Valet parking will run you $100 per day with parking on site. Parking must be purchased in advance for all parking options available.

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Cristyle Egitto
Cristyle Egitto is a South Florida native, born in Miami, raised in Palm Beach and educated at the University of Florida. She founded the food blog EatPalmBeach in 2013 as a way to discover restaurants and culinary talents in the area while supporting local businesses. Her writing has appeared in various publications, and she has been featured on local TV and in multiple magazines.