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Golf Australia Express : Issue 10
GOLF’S FIRST ‘stadium course’—the Tournament Players Course at Sawgrass—opened at Ponte Vedra beach in Florida in 1981. The Pete Dye design is known today as one of the most difficult tracks in world golf. Home to the PGA Tour headquarters, the 7215-yard layout was purpose built to host The PLAYERS Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship event known as golf’s unofficial fifth major. And when you think TPC at Sawgrass, the image of its signature par-3 132-yard 17th surely comes to the fore. Its most recognised feature is one of golf’s most difficult holes. And it’s little wonder why. With the only options to either land on the green or in the water, the only ‘bale’ out comes from scooping your ball from the bottom of the lake. But with more than 100,000 dimpled friends sharing this watery grave, retrieving the right one could pose a problem. Who’d have thought a mere pitch could cause so much trouble? See the video on the following slide for some of the more memorable moments at the TPC Sawgrass’s 17th. LIST THE BUT OF COURSE TPC Sawgrass,opened 1981