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TPC at Sawgrass

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Tournament Players Club
at Sawgrass
TPC Sawgrass 17.jpg
Stadium Course's signature 17th hole in 2008
Club information
Coordinates30°11′53″N 81°23′38″W / 30.198°N 81.394°W / 30.198; -81.394
LocationPontre Vedra Beach,
Florida, U.S.
Elevation7 feet (2 m)
Established1980, 40 years ago
Operated byPGA Tour TPC Network
Total holes36
Tournaments hostedThe Players Championship
GreensTifEagle Bermuda
FairwaysCelebration Bermuda[1]
The Players Stadium Course
Designed byPete Dye, Alice Dye
Length7,245 yards (6,625 m)[2]
Course rating76.4
Slope rating155 [2][3]
Course record63:
Fred Couples (1992)
Greg Norman (1994)
Roberto Castro (2013)
Martin Kaymer (2014)
Jason Day (2016)
Colt Knost (2016)
Webb Simpson (2018)
Brooks Koepka (2018)
Hideki Matsuyama (2020)
Dye's Valley Course
Designed byPete Dye, Bobby Weed,
with Jerry Pate
Length6,847 yards (6,261 m)[4]
Course rating73.8
Slope rating138 [5]

The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass (TPC at Sawgrass) is a golf course in the southeastern United States, located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, southeast of Jacksonville. Opened 40 years ago in the autumn of 1980, it was the first of several Tournament Players Clubs to be built. It is home to the PGA Tour headquarters and hosts The Players Championship, one of the PGA Tour's signature events, now held in March. Paul and Jerome Fletcher negotiated a deal with the PGA Tour, which included the donation of 415 acres (1.68 km2) for one dollar (the original check is prominently displayed in the clubhouse).

The TPC at Sawgrass is situated in Ponte Vedra Beach's Sawgrass development. It has two individual courses, the Stadium Course and the Valley Course. The Stadium Course was designed by noted golf course architects Pete and Alice Dye, and is known as one of the most difficult golf courses in the world. Constructed specifically to host The Players Championship, it employs a distinctive "stadium" concept: like in other sports, fans at the TPC sit in "stands" made of raised mounds of grass. It is known for its signature hole, the par-3, 137-yard (125 m) 17th, known as the "Island Green," one of golf's most recognizable and difficult holes. It has a capacity of 36,000.[6]

The course has been featured for many years on the best-selling Tiger Woods PGA Tour series of video games.

Dye’s Valley Course hosted the Tour Championship from 2013 to 2015.


Built on 415 acres (1.68 km2) in the northeastern Florida swampland, it is about a mile west of the Atlantic Ocean. The course contains many challenging features: narrow fairways lined with hazards like marshes and "waste bunkers" (long strips of sand that groundskeepers never maintain); dozens of deep "pot bunkers," strategically placed to catch even a slightly misplaced shot; thick rough that features craters and mounds; tall, shot-obstructing palm trees; and rock-hard, lightning-fast greens.[7]

The Tournament Players Championship had been played at adjacent Sawgrass Country Club from 1977 through 1981, one more year than originally planned,[8][9] as heavy rains during construction pushed its debut back a year.[7] When it moved west to the Stadium Course in 1982, the story was not eventual winner Jerry Pate,[10][11][12] but the complaints the players had about the new course, which had supposedly been built in their honor.[13] "It's Star Wars golf, designed by Darth Vader," Ben Crenshaw pronounced. When asked if the TPC suited his playing style, Jack Nicklaus replied, "No, I've never been very good at stopping a 5-iron on the hood of a car." J. C. Snead called the course "90 percent horse manure and 10 percent luck."[This quote needs a citation]

Over the following year, Dye tweaked the course, making the greens less severe and replacing several bunkers.[14][15][16][17][18] After the changes, the course became far more playable. "Now it's a darn good golf course," Crenshaw said of the improvements.[This quote needs a citation]

The course was the site of the U.S. Amateur in August 1994, where 18-year-old Tiger Woods defeated Trip Kuehne in the finals, 2 up,[19] the first of his three consecutive victories.

The Island Green

TPC Sawgrass' signature hole is the Stadium Course's 17th, known simply as the "Island Green," although it is technically a peninsula. It measures only 137 yards (125 m) from tee to green (requiring only a pitching wedge for most pros), but it consists of nothing but a 78-foot (24 m)-long green with a tiny bunker in front of it. Save a small path to the green, the green is completely surrounded by water, and its location amidst many trees causes the wind to swirl over it. Club selection in the weather conditions at the hole is a huge consideration, as there is nowhere to land the ball but on the green, in the small bunker, or in the water. It is estimated that more than 100,000 balls are retrieved from the surrounding water every year, courtesy of professionals and tourists alike.

"Island Green" par-3 17th hole
"Island Green" par-3 17th hole

The Island Green design came by accident: the original design for the 17th was to be a simple par-3 green only partially surrounded by a lake. However, the soil surrounding the 17th consisted of sand, which is necessary to build a good golf course, but rare on the otherwise swampy property, and by the time the course was near completion all the sand had been dug from the area, leaving a large crater. Alice Dye suggested the Island Green concept, remembering another course with a similar green.[20] Pete was not thrilled at the idea but went ahead with it, in the process creating one of golf's most recognizable holes. Because of its popularity among fans, Golf Channel devotes eleven cameras to it during the tournament.[21]

Probably the most famous incident that has occurred on the Island Green involved Brad Fabel in the 1998 event. His tee shot successfully landed on the green, but then a seagull swooped onto the green and picked up his ball several times. The gull found it difficult to hold the ball in its bill, but finally managed to carry it into the air and over the water, where it dropped it. One of the TV commentators quipped that the 17th now had yet another hazard.[22] Under Rule 18-1 of the Rules of Golf, as a bird is considered an "outside agency" and as Fabel's shot was at rest, he was permitted to replace the ball at the spot where the ball initially came to rest on the green.[23]

In the gusty opening round in May 2007, a record fifty balls found the water at the 17th hole, which broke the single-round tournament record of 45 set in 2000.[24][25]

During the week of Super Bowl XXXIX, played at nearby Jacksonville in February 2005, Fox Sports organized a "closest to pin" contest with MLB players, NFL players, and NASCAR drivers competing (all sports properties of the network) on the 17th green. Dale Jarrett defeated Trent Green and John Smoltz in the final by being the only player to make it on the green.[26]


TPC at Sawgrass - The Players Stadium Course
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
The Players 76.4 / 155 423 532 177 384 471 393 451 237 583 3651 424 558 358 181 481 470 523 137 462 3594 7245
Blue 73.3 / 149 394 507 160 359 446 360 407 195 546 3374 392 519 332 156 436 421 486 128 426 3296 6670
Blended 72.0 / 147 394 507 160 359 422 360 382 168 522 3274 392 469 332 156 377 366 486 128 426 3132 6406
White 70.3 / 140 360 469 134 324 422 333 382 168 522 3114 351 469 296 141 377 366 470 115 387 2973 6086
Green 65.1 / 120 292 381 97 263 360 269 329 121 453 2565 247 395 243 109 334 288 410 92 336 2454 5019
Ladies' White 76.1 / 150
Ladies' Green 70.7 / 131
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap Gentleman's 11 15 17 9 3 13 1 7 5 12 8 16 18 4 6 10 14 2
Handicap Ladies' 11 1 17 5 7 13 9 15 3 10 2 14 18 12 8 4 16 6




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