TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) - Florida - USA

Tournament Players Club Sawgrass,
110 TPC Blvd,
Ponte Vedra Beach,
Florida (FL) 32082,
USA


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Much has been written about the Stadium course at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass and we all know about the signature hole, the notorious and infamous 17th. Sufficient has been written about this hole to rival Tolstoy’s War and Peace. In Pete Dye’s original design, the 17th green was not an island, it was planned to have water only on the right hand side. Alice Dye had a different idea and the result is perhaps the most well-known and most photographed hole in American.

Sawgrass started out in life as a swamp, as did most of the Florida Panhandle, but this did not deter Deane Beman who purchased the 400-acre site for the princely sum of $1 in 1978. Three years later, after performing minor miracles with drainage works, the Stadium course opened for play and it’s one of Pete Dye’s crackers.

Unfortunately, most people leave Sawgrass with water on the brain and either a positive or negative memory of the 17th hole (depending on how many balls were dumped into the drink). But this is really a course for the strategist with a selection of brilliant holes – including the magnificent strategic par five 11th which requires an accurate drive down the right in order to avoid a beach on the left, which is roughly the size of Daytona. Big hitters may elect to go for the green in two but it’s a risky option with the lateral water hazard cutting its way diagonally across the front and then off to the right of the green.

The 16th heralds the start of a brilliant closing sequence with another reachable par five but again it’s fraught with water danger. Then there’s the infamous 17th and the corking 18th a par four that doglegs its way around a lake.

Immediately after the Players Championship event in 2016, a range of improvements were made to the course by Steve Wenzloff, in-house designer for the PGA Tour. Foremost of these alterations was the redesign of the par four 12th, the most significant hole renovation since the Stadium course opened.

Gone is the old, boring 358-yard, drive-and-pitch par four, replaced by an exciting, drivable 302-yard hole. The old par four was short and in reach for most of the big hitting pros but few would ever go for the green from the tee because the penalty for missing the target was so severe.

The old doglegged fairway has now been removed, along with the severe greenside mounding and steep drop-offs, replaced by a straightforward fairway which leads to a large, rectangular-shaped, right-to-left sloping green. There’s also subtle mounding to the right of the putting surface that can easily push a tee shot further right or left than intended.

A new lake sits to the left of the green and a long waste bunker needs to be carried, around 255 yards from the tee, with pot bunkers positioned to the right of the putting surface. For those who choose to layup, sound risk/reward judgment is still called for and a tee shot to the left side of the fairway is the one offering the best angle into the green.

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Description: Much has been written about the Stadium course at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass and we all know about the signature hole... Rating: 8.2 out of 10 Reviews: 20
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Just returned from a trip to Sawgrass and I can report that the course is as fun to play as it looks on TV. The first few holes are not overly taxing although the first requires and accurate tee shot. The run of holes 4-7 are fantastic, the 5th and 7th are real brutes. The 9th is a cracking hole with a tiny well protected green. The back nine is where Sawgrass comes into its own, every hole is very good. The holes vary with short 4's and short 3's with 14 and 18 which are incredibly difficult. The 16th and 17th were my favourites, the 17th with its slightly raised green gets the nerves going but luckily it was quite calm when we played it. The only complaint is that you cannot carry your clubs which is shame as I am not a big fan of having a caddie.
May 21, 2015
10 / 10
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Cédric
Not going to go through a description of the holes, but some points I'd like to make. Do yourself a treat and take a walking caddy, otherwise, this is path only and that sucks on such a track. The rough is really deadly, even if it doesn't look high , this bermuda just grabs your balls, even if only a couple inches from the fairway. The fairways are for the most part incredibly narrow (20 meters for most), which doesn't really appear obvious from tele coverage. Those 2 factors, rough and narrow fairways, plus a strong breeze when I played, make it a really tough course, the toughest of the PGA courses I've played (PGA National Honda classic and Doral being the 2 recent ones). A great course, great service in the clubhouse.... Cedric
October 30, 2013
10 / 10
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Bart Boudreaux
Played Sawgrass the week after the 2009 Players Championship. Very good course conditions and an absolute bear from the back tees. Probably the best pure layout I've played - ever. Miss a shot and you're dropping a ball.
August 18, 2010
10 / 10
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Ivan Lipko
A Very poor golf course compared to what was expected. Very bad conditioning and maintenance (February), overcrowded and overpriced. Nothing special design wise - looks very artificial and not natural at all. Super tough but you can build this kinda course just about anywhere. Play there if you are in the area and have lotsa money. Otherwise go to some other place - like for example World Woods in Brooksville, Fl. PS: After playing quite a few golf courses in Florida I'd say the overall quality of golf in this state is lower than average and prices are way higher than they should be.
May 24, 2010
4 / 10
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HarryC
May 09, 2012
I'm sorry if you didn't enjoy your round but calling the course unnatural is just ridiculous; That's the point!!! The land was originally a pan-flat swamp which they drained and used as a 'blank canvas' onto which Pete Dye could create a completely unnatural golf course. If you are looking for a natural golf course the Stadium course at the TPC Sawgrass is the last place you should look, that's not the point of the course...
Richard
Loved my round at Sawgrass although for any single figure handicap players I recommned playing off further back tee boxes to appreciate the challenge a bit more.
March 03, 2010
10 / 10
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Mac Plumart
This course is a bit over the top. Now, for sure, it is a top tier golf course...no doubt. But of the Dye's I've played it is a bit too much with all the moguls and hills. But regardless it is a must play. Very fun, very challenging. But you will pay top dollar, have a 5 hour round, and wait a lot. But I do recommend trying it at least once.
November 17, 2009
8 / 10
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Dan Victor
I went in with huge expectations, and still was simply blown away. Beautiful condition, spectacular layout, and brutally difficult. The 17th really is a treat, and you cannot help but feel the pressure that the pros must deal with on Sunday at the Players. While the lack of ocean views may keep this track from breaking into any top 10 list, it's a must play course.
July 16, 2008
10 / 10
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Alex Deutsch
I finally got a chance to play this legendary layout in July as part of a large group, and must say that this course should be near the top of every avid golfer’s “to-play list.” The course was in impeccable condition, even in July (where it is over 100 degrees in Florida), and one is certainly provided with a PGA Tour experience, as they are amazed by the beauty as well as the difficulty of a course that tests the greatest of the pros each and every year. The course is truly a baby-faced assassin as the golfer is wowed by the beauty of such a place and then is surprised by its true difficulty. The final stretch is among the greatest in golf with the stunning par 5 16, the “Island Green” 17, and the spectacular 18th along the water. This is a wonderful golf experience, and is well worth the immense greens fee.
July 31, 2007
10 / 10
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Nick Roy
A beast of a course...have played it twice...huge undulations, huge trees, huge bunkers etc... I really enjoyed the experience... A very simple 1st hole...but then watch out. Everyone talks about the island green on the 17th...but for me the 18th is one hell of a hole...a monstrous par 4 with water all they way down the left. The hole shapes slightly right to left with a tight fairway tree lined on the right hand side. Both times the wind was right to left....arguably the toughest hole I have played...definately worth a visit... Nick Roy
May 01, 2007
8 / 10
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Richard Smith
I've always enjoyed the TPC at Sawgrass. I've played several other TPC courses, but none of them approach the quality of the original. I first played the course in 1984, and I was able to play it multiple times in the late 80's when I lived in Jacksonville. I most recently played there in 2005, and the course hasn't changed that much over the last 15 years.The TPC presents a great challenge, with 18 unique and different holes. The advance of technology has made this more of a precision course than a long hitters course, but it demands both length and accuracy to play well. In any kind of wind this course is almost unmanageable, as the multitude of water hazards seem to gobble up every wayward shot you hit. The back nine is well known from television, but I have always thought that holes 4 through 9 were as good as any on the course.The last time I was there the greens fee was up over $350, so I doubt I'll go back again since I've played the course so many times. I'm glad to have the experience of playing this fine course, and it is probably worth the money to stand on the 17th tee and take your chances at the island green. Even playing a casual match with no money on the line, this is one of the most intimidating shots I've ever had to play.Richard SmithKnoxville, Tennessee
July 17, 2006
8 / 10
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