Should the bear trap be won or lost right here?

Should the bear trap be won or lost right here?

There’s a statue of a bear leading into the stretch with a plaque next to it giving an overview of the holes and a quote from course designer Jack Nicklaus — the Golden Bear, hence Bear Trap, probably should’ve been Bear’s Trap — that says "It should be won or lost right here." The Bear Trap has two par 3s, kicking off on the 15th.

How bad is the bear trap at the Honda Classic?

At 788 yards of potential ruin featuring water hazards and sharp edges on all three holes, the windswept par-3 15 th, par-4 16 th and par-3 17 th Bear Trap leaves many players in the Honda Classic slumped over in defeat. More than 1,6000 balls have found the water on these holes since 2007. “That stretch is about guts,” Nicklaus said.

What is the bear trap at PGA National’s Champion?

It’s the defining stretch at PGA National’s Champion Course, the host course for the Palm Beach-area portion of the PGA Tour’s Florida Swing. However, you may just kind of accept that the Bear Trap is there and not really know what it is, so let’s explain it.

What is the bear trap at Augusta National?

It features The Bear Trap, which spans three demanding holes designed by Nicklaus, and is called “one of the toughest stretches in golf.” Listen to the designer describe it in his own words.