While Rees Jones renovates Broken Sound, this Florida course sentimental to Jack Nicklaus will step in for Champions event

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BOCA RATON, Florida — This year’s TimberTech Championship will remain in Boca Raton, but the PGA Tour Champions event will shift to Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club while its longtime host, the Broken Sound Club’s Old Course, undergoes a renovation by Hall of Fame architect Rees Jones.

Other than the site change, it will be business as usual for the longest-running professional golf tournament in Palm Beach County. It will maintain the same dates, Nov. 4-6, as well as its spot as the second tournament in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, attracting the top 54 players on the 50-and-older circuit.

“We are thrilled to be able to keep the TimberTech Championship in Boca Raton while this renovation is being completed,” said Tournament Director Eddie Carbone. “We have been in this community for 15 years and it’s important we continue to showcase the best of the PGA Tour Champions.”

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Steven Alker reacts after tapping in for birdie on No. 18 and securing his victory at the TimberTech Championship on the Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton. (Photo by Scott Halleran)

The primary beneficiary will remain the Boca Raton Regional Hospital; since its inception, the TimberTech Championship has generated more than $2.4 million for local charities through the Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities.

“We are very fortunate to have this world-class golf tournament in our backyard, benefiting our community and more specifically our hospital,” said Lincoln Mendez, President & CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

The TimberTech Championship will continue to be a Zero Waste event, meaning none of the trash will be sent to area landfills. As part of TimberTech’s FULL-CIRCLE plastic bag collection drive, some of the waste will even be repurposed and re-used to manufacture TimberTech’s low maintenance and environmentally sustainable outdoor living products.

The TimberTech Championship is expected to draw another stellar field, headlined by defending champion Steven Alker. The New Zealand native has won three times since his initial victory at Broken Sound last November and leads this year’s Charles Schwab Cup with almost $2.5 million in earnings. Prior to Alker, the previous three TimberTech Championship winners were former major champions: Darren Clarke (2020), Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer (2019) and Mark Calcavecchia (2018). Langer, who lives 10 minutes from the course, is the event’s only two-time champion.

Langer and Clarke, who recently became the fourth player to sweep The Open Championship and the Senior Open Championship, are expected to play in the TimberTech Championship, along with Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie.

Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club was originally a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, but in 2003, Hall-of-Famer Jack Nicklaus of Lost Tree created an entirely new course. Nicklaus had a storied past with Royal Palm. Just before he decided to turn pro, Nicklaus played the original course with golf legend Sam Snead, the club’s first golf professional.

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