Round 1 of the Honda Classic begins Thursday

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Round one of the Honda Classic tees off Thursday morning with more than 140 of the world's best golfers taking part.

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Thursday is also Military Appreciation Day for the annual tournament at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

Organizers say in honor of the men and women who have and are currently serving our great nation, the tournament  offers complimentary tickets for active duty, reservists, retirees, their registered dependents and non-retired veterans Thursday through Sunday of the tournament.

As an added benefit, each honoree has the ability to purchase up to two discounted guest tickets per day at $20 per person, valued at $250.

Tickets also provide access to the United Technologies Patriots Outpost hospitality pavilion overlooking the signature 17th hole, where complimentary lunch and snacks will be provided each day.

Organizers also suggest you make a plan for how you want to watch the tournament, whether it is "parade" style, staying in one place and watching the field go by, or "cross-country" style by following a specific player around the course.

The executive director of the tournament offered some advice for those attending the tournament for the first time.

"Get down to the Bear Trap. We have over 50 percent of our hospitality structures that are designed to be for the public. So, come on down. Look for those signs that say 'public welcome.' They are phenomenal places to watch golf and take in the Honda Classic,” said Executive Director Ken Kennerly.

General admission grounds tickets are $65 a day, Thursday through Sunday.

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