The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass had always been on my bucklist and alas, I was given the chance to play it. From the moment you arrive at the clubhouse, it's an amazing feeling knowing one of the greatest tournaments is played here every year. The golf shop staff was extremely friendly and willing to help me make my purchase. The practice facility is phenomenal and allows you to hit about every shot you can imagine.
As for the course, most of the holes are extremely hard to recognize compared to what you see on TV. I believe the angles of the camera's on the towers don't give you a true perspective of the golf course. The holes are well designed and each hole has a uniqueness to it. You also don't realize how much undulation are on the greens.
The golf course conditions, tees, fairways, rough, and bunkers were in phenomenal condition....the greens, as we know, had a misapplication on them and some were not in the best of conditions. They have a talented maintenance crew and they left the greens a little fury to help stimulate some root growth for the grass to help repair some of the greens. They also aerified the bad portions of the greens to help them recover as well.
16, 17, and 18 are a dream to play and an experience I could never replicate.
May 20, 2014
You gotta do it if you get the chance!
Loved this place, weather was cold but it was a blast.
Played the back tee's, actually was not as hard as I expected, I did have a good day off the tee and that was the key, if you drive it bad you will have a million here.
Good forecaddie really knew his stuff.
May 12, 2014
Tiptoe around the Stadium course with the utmost respect
The first time I played the Stadium Course roughly 10 years ago I remember genuine fear standing on the tee of the 17th hole. Plunk in the water. The second time I played the home of The Players Championship about five years ago came dreams of pure revenge. I wanted to prove to Pete Dye that I was good enough for his treacherous design. I still got manhandled. The third time I play it, I plan to approach the round with the utmost respect. As a target-style test of golf, there might not be a more exacting course in the game.
I think 'Stadium' only rewards those who play within themselves. Don't let Dye trick you into pulling driver when only 3-wood is necessary. Don't even look at the pin on any hole, especially the par-3s. Just shoot for the center of the greens. I'm hoping this new approach proves the old adage of "third time is a charm" to be true.
May 6, 2014
The Pride of the PGA Tour
Deane Beman—the PGA Tour's commissioner from '74 to '94—devised a plan to build a course that could create the kind of stadium atmosphere and drama the common sports fan is used to seeing at football, baseball or basketball games. Needless to say, Beman, with the help of Pete and Alice Dye, accomplished that mission. From Tiger's "Better than most" snake putt on the 17th green, Craig Perks needing one putt to finish eagle-birdie-par, or Hal Sutton's "Be the right club today!", the host of the "Fifth Major" has provided the golf fan some memorable moments. This is another case of paying a premium to play where the pros play, but like Pebble Beach, Pinehurst No. 2, or Kiawah's Ocean Course, these are bucket-list experiences for the avid amateur. The course itself is tight with plenty of twists and turns, but the only true forced carries are on the par 3s. As Alice Dye told me, you could almost putt your way from tee to green at the Stadium Course. It's especially fair, and can be fun, if you play to the tees and yardages that match your ability. When you get to 17, which is 5,000 square feet, with the back half of the putting surface acting as a bit of a backstop. All that being dais, play for the middle of the green. The Stadium Course gets almost 45,000 rounds per year and they pull close to 100,000 balls out of that lake...don't be one of them.
May 2, 2014
TPC Valley course more playable for everybody
Each of the three times I came off the Stadium course at the TPC Sawgrass, I swore I might quit the game. Every time I played the Valley, I vowed I'll play more often. That's the difference between the two TPC courses at Sawgrass. The Stadium is a modern monster; the Valley course a fun and enjoyable experience. All of the troubles lurks to one side, right or left, giving average players like me a chance to bail out if necessary. The Valley doesn't have the epic finish of the Stadium course, but that's probably a good thing. The Valley is good enough to host pro tournaments without all the dirty tricks of Pete and Alice Dye.
April 3, 2014
Bucket List course checked off
Do yourself, your loved ones and your ancestors a favor and play the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
This is easily one of the best courses in all of Florida with great golf from the moment you step out of your car. While the price tag is steep, the experience is worth it. Despite the difficulty of the course, the pace of play was good - what took so long was my playing partners and I trying to hang on for dear life going around the course.
I know the back nine holes are the most famous, but holes 2, 4, 5, 6 and 9 are probably some of the finest constructed holes on the entire property.
Do yourself and everyone on the course a favor... play as fast as you can 16-17! Take the visuals in with your eyes and not with a camera the entire two holes. I get it... it's a really cool hole but you don't need 64 photos of yourself on the 17th tee.
also, get aggressive on the shot - trust your yardage and try to make birdie. That way you get to go to the drop zone like I did - and play 2 tee shots on the famous 17th.
February 28, 2014
Felt a little cheated
I don't get a chance to play high end courses very often, so I was really excited about playing the Valley course. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. To start with, there was heavy equipment operating and construction going on virtually every hole, cart paths were blocked with no clear indication of where to drive your carts or move about the course. The course conditions themselves were only fair with the grass cut right down to the dirt, and as slick of greens as I have ever played on. I probably drove by 5 or 6 courses on the way that were less than half as expensive, and in better shape. I really expected a lot more, and I think the staff should have been up front about course conditions and all of the construction going on.
February 20, 2014
Exactly what I expected
I am now able to check something else off my Bucket List after playing the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. After attending The Players Championship a few times, I had always wanted to play the famous course, especially the island green at #17, and it did not disappoint. I clearly did not have the chops to play this course competitively, however our group caddy did his best to help the entire group with tips and advice, especially around the greens. If you ever have the opportunity to play the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, do not hesitate.
February 20, 2014