The PGA Tour has gone east for its Florida swing, and tees off Thursday with the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Here are five things you need to know about the tournament and what lies around it:
The big boys are back
World No. 1 Tiger Woods is in the field this week, his second PGA Tour appearance in 2014 after a disastrous T-80 at the Farmers Insurance Open. In addition, No. 2 Adam Scott is making his first start in more than six weeks, third-ranked Henrik Stenson is in town, No. 5 Phil Mickelson is in the field, seventh-ranked Zach Johnson is present and No. 8 Rory McIlroy is playing. All those big names will be dealing with a stretch of holes called the “Bear Trap” (Nos. 15-17), which led Golf Digest to name PGA National the tour’s toughest non-major course in 2013.
MLB spring training is right down the road
If you’re in town to watch some golf, venture up to Jupiter to watch some baseball. Roger Dean Stadium is 10 minutes north of PGA National and home to the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins in the spring. In fact, those two squads are kicking off their spring training schedules against each other on Friday. Year round, the Roger Dean Stadium Complex hosts four minor league teams.
Airboat rides are a must
The Florida Everglades is one of the most unique regions in the U.S., and the perfect way to tour the area is by airboat. An airboat is driven by a caged airplane propeller that allows the boat to cruise through shallow water and swamps, or the tropical wetlands that make up the Everglades. West Palm Beach Airboat Rides offers various tours that allow you to see alligators, tropical birds and other animals in their natural habitat.
Fish are easy to find
If a more relaxing day on a boat is more up your alley, there are few places better than Florida to get your fish on. Book a trip with FishCastings for deep sea fishing, game fishing, sword fishing, family outings, or even a scenic offshore evening cruise.
Clematis Street is the place to be
Maybe you just want to soak up the South Florida scene on land – head to Clematis Street in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. Some of the best food and drinks you’ll find are at Cabana Las Palmas, a modern and colorful Latin American joint. Grab a table on the sidewalk to people watch and order a strawberry mojito. For dinner, get the Coco Cabana (signature coconut milk and habanero-curry reduction) with chicken or shrimp. And if possible, venture to Clematis Street on a Thursday night for Clematis By Night, a weekly outdoor concert series.
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