The Players Championship is this weekend

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 5th hole during his practice round on the TPC Sawgrass course for THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods, who failed to make the cut last week at the Quail Hollow Championship, is playing in his third tournament of the year following his return to golf and the PGA Tour.

TPC Sawgrass is a very impressive club and resort. Here are some highlights from a recent review:

The Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is, arguably, the Mecca of Golf in the U.S. Located in the development of Sawgrass, the TPC is just down the drive from Tour headquarters. As the Tour’s “home” club, the TPC boasts two terrific Pete Dye courses, the Valley Course and the Stadium Course, which hosts The Players Championship in late March. The Championship has become known as “The Fifth Major.”

The Stadium Course

Opened in 1982, the Stadium Course became a sensation and a topic of considerable controversy for its departure from traditional design. It was the first course of its kind, featuring mounds, high banks and earthen amphitheatres specifically designed to accommodate larger golf-ravenous crowds.

Former Tour Commissioner Deane Beman pioneered the concept of stadium golf, recognizing the crescendo of ringing cash registers in football-game size crowds. Though it continues to be controversial as a style of golf course architecture, stadium golf has grown enormously since 1982 and now the Tour owns, operates or is building no less than 32 other stadium courses around the U.S.

While other tournaments might dispute the whole “fifth major” reference, it’s a great club and a great tournament.


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