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TPC Stadium Course Sawgrass, Jacksonville, Florida
THE PLAYERS Championship is one of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour. It is held every year at the iconic TPC Sawgrass near Jacksonville in Florida.
It is commonly known as the '5th Major' due to the high quality field that assembles there. Of course, the drama of the top players hitting to the most infamous par 3 in the world (the island green 17th) adds to the appeal of the tournament.
The golf course was closed during the second half of 2016 for a partial redesign, including making the 12th into a short driveable par 4 with water.
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2019 Winner: Rory McIlroy (-16, $2,250,000 Prize Money)
Youngest Winner: Adam Scott (23 years, 8 months, 12 days)
Oldest Winner: Fred Funk (48 years, 9 months, 14 days)
Lowest 72 Hole Score: -24 (Greg Norman, 1994)
Most Wins: 3 (Jack Nicklaus: 1974, 1976 & 1978)
|2019||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||-16||$2,250,000|
|2017||Si Woo Kim||South Korea||-10||$1,890,000|
|2011||K. J. Choi||South Korea||-13||$1,710,000|
|2010||Tim Clark||South Africa||-16||$1,710,000|
|2003||Davis Love III||USA||-12||$1,170,000|
|2002||Craig Perks||New Zealand||-8||$1,080,000|
The TPC Stadium Course is arguably one of the most famous courses in the world, with the 17th hole island green being seen as the most famous hole in golf.
Over the years, $30 million has been invested into making the home of The Players Championship one of the world's greatest courses.
Course: TPC Stadium Course
Yardage: 7215 Yards
Designed by: Pete Dye & Deane Beman
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 in Golf Magazine's list of 'Top 100 courses you can play'.
Weather for The Players Championship
The month of March is a fantastic time to visit Florida, which sees the start of the warmest half of the year. The average temperature for Florida in March is 25 C, with potential highs of 32 C, definitely warm enough to get the shorts on. There is also an average of 9 sunshine hours everyday, so plenty of golf in sun.
The closest airport to the Sawgrass Resort is Jacksonville International Airport which is just 30 minutes away. A taxi from the airport to Sawgrass will cost $70. There are daily flights to Jacksonville from London flying with either Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, American Airlines or Delta Airlines.
The Blue Monster is the premier course of the 4 golf courses at the fantastic Trump National Doral resort in Miami and one of the top courses in Florida. The Blue Monster is one of the most famous courses in the world, with its 18th ranked as one of the top 100 holes in the world.
For many years it held the World Golf Championship Cadillac Championship every March. It was completely re-designed in 2014 by Gil Hanse and has received rave reviews.
Considered among America’s finest golf courses and woven into the natural fabric of the resort’s landscape, the Copperhead Course is home to the annual PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship every March. Defined by tree-lined fairways and rolling terrain, Copperhead tests players with its many uphill and downhill shots, significant elevation changes and a variety of water-protected approach shots.The surrounding lakes, ponds and swamp lands are home to abundant wildlife, including bald eagles, alligators, blue herons, fox squirrels and many other types of water fowl. With the fairways and greens mostly free of traditional course-lined residences, Copperhead provides the opportunity to enjoy golf the way nature intended.
The Champion Course is the backbone of PGA National's outstanding golfing heritage, originally designed by Tom Fazio and subsequently reworked by Jack Nicklaus in 1990.
A top class tournament venue, the Champion played host to the 1983 Ryder Cup matches and the 1987 PGA Championship, while it is now the annual home of the US Tour's Honda Classic. The treacherous closing holes have been dubbed ‘The Bear Trap', and are among the most difficult in the state.
Arnold Palmer is closely connected to the Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Palmer first played the golf course in 1965 and then bought the facility in 1976. Bay Hill hosts the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour every March. The Championship Course at Bay Hill is a challenging course that is still suitable for players of all abilities.
The golf course is straightforward with no hidden shots. There is also extensive mounding and bunkering throughout the course. Beautiful lakes are situated throughout the course adding some scenery and creating water hazards that come into play on a few holes.