TPC Sawgrass island green – click for more images
I’ve been saving this one, my review of TPC Sawgrass, until the right time. Obviously the week of THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP is a great time to post it. This piece could shape up to be the longest one I’ve ever written and for good reason. There’s a lot to tell.
I was at the PGA Show Friday doing my thing, interviewing people and checking out all the gear. I was talking to Fuzzy Zoeller when my phone rang. Obviously when you are talking to Fuzzy Zoeller, whoever is calling can go to voicemail. When I checked the message it was my buddy Eddie from Black Mesa in New Mexico. His message, “Hey Tony we’re here at the show. Come over and visit us at the food court. We’re playing TPC Sawgrass tomorrow and we have an open spot. Did you bring your clubs?”
I had goose bumps. One second I was planning on a busy Saturday at the show, complete with interviews of Ian Poulter and Erica Blasberg. The next second I knew I was going to be blowing off Ian and Erica and playing one of those “must play” courses of a lifetime.
The Players Championship
Thursday 5/7 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET GOLF
Thursday 5/7 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET GOLF
Friday 5/8 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET GOLF
Friday 5/8 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET GOLF
Saturday 5/9 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET NBC
Sunday 5/10 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET NBC
Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill
Friday 5/8 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET ESPN2
Saturday 5/9 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET ESPN2
Sunday 5/10 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET ESPN2
BMW Italian Open
Thursday 5/7 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM ET GOLF
Friday 5/8 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM ET GOLF
Saturday 5/9 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 5/10 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET GOLF
UPDATE: At the request of the copyright holders I’ve removed the images of the yardage book…
While you are watching THE PLAYERS this week you may want to look at a particular hole and get some info. I’ve scanned the ENTIRE TPC Sawgrass yardage book for that reason! Inside you’ll find all the holes, the course routing, yardages, suggested play and even a diagram of the practice range! Check it out here or by clicking the images below.
Thanks to my buddy John for giving me a good TPC trivia nugget today.
The TPC Sawgrass Stadium course hosts about 40,000 rounds of golf per year. They fish 120,000 golf balls out of the water on the #17th par-3 island green (3 of which are mine). That is an average of one sleeve per player on that hole.
Players are asked to proceed to the drop box after two balls go in the drink but like me, people seldom follow that suggestion. When I teed up the 3rd ball, my caddy started walking.
My first TPC post for this week is an FYI. A “TPCFYI” if you will. I have a huge golf photo gallery here on HOG and inside are many golf course albums. Having played the TPC Sawgrass course a few months ago, I shot pictures of every hole, over 100. Most holes have tee, approach and green shots. I also have shots of the clubhouse, locker room, pro shop and more…
Above, the entrance to the TPC Sawgrass 17th island green.
Hey that’s ME on the 10th tee at TPC Sawgrass!
I hit a great drive there too, drew it right to left with the shape of the fairway!
Click here to view the Hooked On Golf Blog TPC Sawgrass Gallery.