Situated half an hour’s drive from downtown Memphis in the gated community of Southwind, the 18-hole layout at TPC Southwind is a private course operating within the Tournament Players Club network of golf facilities.
It’s a Ron Prichard original design (in consultation with Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller) which opened for play in 1988, a year before if first hosted the Federal Express St Jude Classic. Water comes into play at more than half the holes on a very strong test for the professional players.
The layout features rolling zoysia fairways and champion Bermuda greens, with numerous lakes and streams adding to the challenge. There’s also a couple of grain silos and a windmill retained on site, reminders of what was once a dairy farm on this site.
Highlight holes include the 165-yard
par three 11th hole, a smaller version of the 17th at TPC Sawgrass,
requiring a short iron tee shot to a small island green; the 231-yard
par three 14th, played to a narrow green with water to the right of
the putting surface; and the 461-yard, par four 18th, featuring…
yes, you’ve guessed it, yet more water down the left side of the
I would describe this as corporate golf and as it is a TPC course it is. There are some interesting features like a silo, but overall pretty predictable. I liked the old Colonial south course much better where Geiberger had the first 59
I like TPC Southwind. This a fun, playable but difficult course that gives the pros a pretty good challenge at the St. Jude classic but is a nice course to play on a daily basis. There aren’t really any outstanding holes that capture your imagination but more a series of solid golf holes that require good ball striking and course management. Everything is very straightforward here and there are no tricks or hidden hazards. I would probably fit this course into the category of many of the PGA tour stops which I would call “good but not great”. A good course to play of you get the chance but not one I would travel miles to play.