A month from when Hurricane Matthew tore through the Southeastern parts of the United States, the devastation and toll it left in its wake are still being evaluated. With damages estimated more than $10.5 billion following Matthew nationwide and across numerous countries, TPC Sawgrass, like all surrounding communities, was affected. With a total of 14 inches of rainfall and sustained winds recorded at 66 mph, tireless efforts have been made to make sure that one of the world’s most recognizable golf courses returns to its prestigious best. In the face of adversity, the home of THE PLAYERS Championship remains stronger than ever.
Though damaged incurred to the course itself was inconsequential compared to surrounding areas of the Ponte Vedra community, a total of 327 fallen trees and widespread flooding was visible upon assessment of damaged.
Perhaps the most visible loss to the Stadium Course was that of a large Live Oak. Strategically placed to the left of the second tee, it cannot be replaced, and may, in theory, reconfigure a player’s thinking off the tee in tournament play.
Since Matthew, staff at TPC Sawgrass have worked tirelessly to ensure that the re-opening date of November 15th for the course remains on track. A renovation project which began immediately after THE PLAYERS 2016, the PGA TOUR embarked on a significant construction project to further elevate the world-class experience that is TPC Sawgrass and THE PLAYERS Championship.
The renovation of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass and THE PLAYERS Championship focused on the redesign of holes 6 and 7, implementing a area better situated to the Clubhouse. Hole 6 – called “the most beautiful hole on the course” by designer Pete Dye – and hole 7 have been opened to provide a front-nine destination for fans that is more connected to the action surrounding the Clubhouse. Before renovations began on this pair of front nine holes, both sat at 13 feet above sea level. Now with renovations completed, they sit 8 feet below. A total of 75,000 cubic yards of dirt has been excavated in doing so.
Hole No. 12 has been redesigned to create a new, risk-reward drivable par-four that provides for enhanced excitement early on the back-nine at THE PLAYERS Championship. In 2016, the hole measured in at 358 yards from tee to pin. For the 2017 PLAYERS Championship, it will be reduced to 302.
Plan Your Visit in 2017
Renowned as the PGA TOUR’s flagship event, THE PLAYERS Championship is the year’s most anticipated event. Known for its prestige and level of competitors taking part, the Stadium Course gives fans an unprecedented experience of all the action with on-site access.
In what is the purest test in golf, renovations made to the Stadium Course only further enhance the uniqueness to this event.
By choosing THE PLAYERS Club, you’ll have access to the practice and tournament rounds of your choosing on individual days or for the full week. You’ll also be granted private access to the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, as well as private suites overlooking the 18th Green and signature 17th Tee!