Honda Classic History

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 04: Jose Coceres hits out of the trap on the second hole during the final round of the Honda Classic on March 4, 2007 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
The Honda Classic is a PGA golf tournament that swung to life in 1972, although back then it was known as the Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic. For one year – in 1981 – American Motors was the sponsor of the tournament, until Honda came on board the following year and has remained the main sponsor of the tournament to date.

In Honda Classic history, the tournament has been played at various venues around the state of Florida in March of every year.

The original venue for the event was the Inverrary Golf Club in Lauderhill, Florida, but from 1984 the Honda Classic moved to Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Florida, where it was played until 1991. The following year, and up until 1995, the tournament was played at the Weston Hills Golf & Country Club in Weston, Florida.

Coral Springs again hosted the Honda Classic in 1996 when it was played at Eagle Trace, and subsequently at Heron Bay from 1997 to 2002. Palm Beach Gardens then became the host for the Honda Classic in 2003, and it was first played at the Country Club at Mirasol from that year until 2006 and then at another Palm Beach Gardens venue – the PGA National Resort & Spa’s Championship Course – in 2007, which will also be the venue for 2008.

In 2007 the tournament was overseen by a newly-formed organising committee which is headed up by executive director Ken Kennerly.

The Honda Classic tournament has been won by some widely renowned golfers including Jack Nicklaus who won back to back in 1977 and 1978. However, the likes of Tiger Woods has never taken part in the event and players such as Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson have not taken part for a number of years, even although the total prize money for the tournament is on a par with the major tournaments such as the Majors, the World Golf Championships and the Tour Championships.

However, in Honda Classic history, with its prize money totaling $5,500,000 as of 2007, the tournament continues to attract a top class field of seasoned professionals, and golf fanatics and punters turn out in their droves to support their players and try their betting luck with the Honda Classic odds.