TPC Stadium Course
Pete Dye's TPC Stadium Course is among the most famous in the world, and is the annual host to the so-called ‘fifth major', the Players Championship. The highlight, which goes without saying, is the incredible 17th hole with its island green, which has to be one of the most exhilarating golf experiences anywhere. Look past the most discussed hole and the TPC Stadium Course presents an exacting 6,954 yard layout, whose fairways and greens are pristine. No less than $30 million has been invested in the course, and the work completed in 2006 has affirmed the amazing Players' Course at the forefront of golf in Florida and beyond.
The trophy and awards cabinet of the TPC Stadium Course is already overflowing, but it has recently been ranked 5th in Golf Magazine's list of the ‘Top 100 Courses You Can Play'.
Designed by: Pete Dye & Deane Beman
Opened for play: 1982
Previously hosted: The Players Championship (since 1982)
Awards: No 2 course in Florida (Golf Digest), 41st in top 50 courses in country (Golf Digest) (for 2011), 5th for Golf Magazines list of 'Top 100 courses you can play'.
Yellow: 7215 yards, SSS 76.8
Blue: 6661 yards, SSS 73.9
White: 6103 yards, SSS 72.3 (men), 78.6 (ladies)
Green (Ladies): 5019 yards, SSS 72.1
The latest addition to Sawgrass' already impressive portfolio is Pete Dye's Valley Course, which is already regarded as being worthy of standing side-by-side with the TPC Stadium Course, and has also hosted the PGA Tour's finest. The ambitious project reflects Dye's extravagant design ethos, and the result is a magnificent 6,838 yard championship layout overflowing with water and sand. Perfectly manicured fairways and slick, sweeping greens are among the characteristics that make the Valley so popular.
Designed by: Peter Dye, Bobby Weed & Jerry Pate
Opened for play: 1987
Previously hosted: Web.com Tour Championships (since 2013), Senior Players Championship (1988-1990)
Awards: No 24 course in Florida (Golf Digest) (for 2011)
Yellow: 6864 yards, SSS 73.9
Blue: 6524 yards, SSS 71.9
White: 6092 yards, SSS 69.9 (men), 76.2 (ladies)
Green: 5126 yards, SSS 65.8 (men), 70,2 (ladies)
Sawgrass Country Club
Sawgrass Country Club played host to the Players Championship from 1977 to 1981, and was designed by Ed Seay, an associate of Arnold Palmer's architectural organisation. The 27 holes are combined to produce the East and West rotations, with a maximum length of 7,072 yards. Whichever combination you are lucky enough to play, enjoyment and challenge are guaranteed at a course which Golf Digest included in its list of the ‘Best 25 Golf Courses'.
Designed by: Redesigned by Palmers course design
Opened for play: 2015
Previously hosted: Players Championship (1977-1981), Seniors Players Championship (1987)
Awards: Golf Digest 'Best 25 Golf Courses'
EAST COURSE TEES
Gold: 3528 yards
Blue: 3357 yards
White: 3145 yards
Green: 2816 yards
Red: 2575 yards
WEST COURSE TEES
Gold: 3521 yards
Blue: 3319 yards
White: 3136 yards
Green (Ladies): 2869 yards
Red (Ladies): 2594 yards
SOUTH COURSE TEES
Gold: 3513 yards
Blue: 3325 yards
White: 3100 yards
Green (Ladies): 2856 yards
Red (Ladies): 2561 yards
Gold: East+West 74.8, West+South 74.8, South+East 75
Blue: East+West 72.7, West+South 72.5, South+East 73.4
Blue/White: East+West 71.5, West+South 71.5, South+East 72
White: East+West 70.5, West+South 70.7, South+East 71.2
White/Green: East+West 69.1, West+South 69.6, South+East 70.1
Green: East+West 67.9, West+South 68.5, South+East 68.8
Green (Ladies): East+West 73.6, West+South 73.7, South+East 74.3
Red (Ladies): East+West 70.6, West+South 70.4, South+East 71.2
Marsh Landing Country Club
Intracoastal marshland and towering pines set the backdrop for the Marsh Landing Country Club, which boasts a 6,841 yard championship layout devised by Ed Seay, who also conceived the superb links at the Sawgrass Country Club. The two nines are truly distinct, but both offer a good test and the chance to observe the estate's outstanding wildlife.
Designed by: Ed Seay
Opened for play: 1986
Championship: 6851 yards, SSS 74.3
Member: 6448 yards, SSS 72.4
Merganser: 6156 yards, SSS 71.2
Regular: 5878 yards, SSS 69.6
Marsh: 5560 yards, SSS 68 (men), 72.9 (ladies)
Forward: 5097 yards, SSS 70.4
Forward Up: 4908 yards, SSS 69.3
Ponte Vedra Country Club
The Ponte Vedra Country Club's course has been revised and greatly improved by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, and is set a stunning natural environment. Although it is short, Ponte Vedra Country Club is tight in places, demanding straight driving above all else. The signature hole is the short par 4 thirteenth, whose length is enticing, but there is water everywhere.
Designed by: Redesigned by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay
Opened for play: 1970
Blue: 6413 yards, SSS 71.4
White: 6031 yards, SSS 69.8
Green: 5409 yards, SSS 66.3 (men), 73.8 (ladies)
Red: 4834 yards, SSS 70
Hole 17 (TPC Stadium Course), Par 3, 137 yards, SI 14
The concept for the signature hole for Sawgrass was supposedly drawn up on the back of a cocktail napkin by Alice Dye. It has now become one of the most famous holes in golf and one which Luke Donald branded as "Do or Die. The island green is a favourite amongst many PGA Tour players and coming in at 17 has been known to make or break a round. A must play hole for any golfer.