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
TPC Southwind feels more like a corporate resort course than a private club but that is probably by design. The Fed Ex headquarters is on property so that fits, though it is kind of an eyesore on the front nine. Very difficult golf course in my opinion. Greens were fast and rolled great. Not a lot of straight forward holes. A number of doglegs that put a premium on an accurate tee shot. Not my favorite design wise, but a nice golf course that I'm glad I got to play.
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 if you get the chance but not one I would travel miles to play.