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TPC Sawgrass Golf Course Review

TPC Sawgrass Golf Course Review

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.

Practice Area

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.

Course Conditions

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.

TPC Sawgrass

Scenic Beauty

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.

About Jay Westerlund

Jay Westerlund is a PGA Professional and has been in the golf world for most of his life. He has worked in the golf industry in many capacities, but most recently as the Director of Golf and Membership at the Club at Renaissance in Fort Myers, FL. Jay still loves playing golf at a high level and exploring the top golf courses all across Florida. In his downtime, Jay enjoy’s writing blog articles for FloridaGolfing.com. Having Jay’s input from a PGA level is invaluable and our readership loves reading top golf course recommendations from his perspective. Jay and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents of two beautiful girls, Grace and Ruth. Jay grew up in Indiana, where he learned to love golf. He played on a scholarship at the University of California, Davis where he was recognized as an All-American and was inducted into the UC Davis Golf Hall of Fame. Jay’s is the co-founder of Snowbird Pro’s, where he is chasing his lifelong dream of combining his love of golf with his desire to help people find their perfect home on the perfect golf course.

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