Friday, 8 May 2015

The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

By Darren

The Course

The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is about as nice of a layout as someone could ask for. Pete Dye was the original architect in 1979 and then redesigned the course in 2006. The course measures 7212 yards, and is a Par 72 that forces players to be accurate on almost every shot. With a total of 93 bunkers and 24 water hazards, players must be wary of trouble all around them. The course is not about length, but instead is all about making sure Greens in Regulation are being hit.

The most difficult hole last year (and for the past 28 years on average) has been the dreaded 18th hole. A Par 4 that will play around 450 yards this week is one of the most impressive finishing holes in the world. Water lines the entire left side of the hole forcing players to aim at the right side of the fairway. A wayward tee shot right though will be in long rough that has plenty of mounds, causing major discomfort. The green forces players to position their golf balls in the proper place in order to have a makeable putt. The 18th very well could decide the tournament this week.

The other hole everyone will enjoy is the 137-yard Par 3 with the island green. A hole that has been replicated on plenty of golf courses around the world but still gives me chills when I watch these professionals struggle on it. With moderate winds expected for the weekend rounds, expect club selection to be crucial on the 17th (forecast is nice for the tournament overall). Spectators are now positioned directly behind the hole, creating a more vocal stadium feel. Enjoy the 17th hole, as the broadcast will be showing it all week.