The TPC Sawgrass Golf Course is definitely one of the most popular and stunning golf courses in the world. This is the popularity that comes with hosting the famous fifth Major on a yearly basis with some of the top-notch landscapes on the PGA Tour.
The practice fields at this course are simply world class. They have enormous range, and can accommodate dozens of golfers. In addition, there is an abundance of putting space and short game. It is highly recommended that you make the most of this area before you play on the deviously tricky Stadium Course, which will need you to be at your best.
I have played golf at some brilliant and well-conditioned courses and this one is definitely among the top five. Its consistency is what sets it apart from the rest. The greens are rolled at very precise and accurate speeds thanks to the latest moisture management systems. Every bunker plays in a similar manner compared to the last one. The fairways, rough and tee boxes were in superb shape.
The TPC Sawgrass not only offers a great golfing test, but also provides a gorgeous place where you can spend plenty of hours. Although, it lacks extreme or dramatic elevation, it offers a great mix of water, sand and greenery that provides each hole a distinct and attractive look.
Course Difficulty and Design
Even if this golf course had abysmal service, poor conditions, and lacked popularity, I wouldn’t second-guess playing here. That is how well designed this course is.
Although, the designer of this course, Pete Dye, has earned the title of a sadist, you will find tee boxes for different ability levels. The expansive Players tee stretches over 7,300 yards, while the Green and White tees are just over 5,000 and 6,100 yards respectively.
If you change tee boxes it will change the challenge and look of your tee shots completely, while providing shorter hitters the chance of taking reasonably sized clubs into the tricky landscapes. With the abundance of water that TPC Sawgrass has, the stadium can be harsh and penal, but even that can be handled by using the right tees.
You will face difficulty in finding a golf course that offers so much variety as this Stadium Course. It generally favors neither faders nor drawers. Instead, it tips its hat to golfers who are capable of handling or working the ball both ways. This is quite evident in the initial two holes: #1 demands a fade, while #2 a draw.
Finally, the best part about this course is that it requires complete precision and focus on each shot. It is neither a second-shot course nor a driver’s course; rather a better term will be an every-shot course. A wayward or lousy shot can easily derail your round or hole at any time. There are several holes where you can make a birdie, but they are not easy.