The Players Championship has taken place in 5 grounds over the past 46 years.
This year, 47th The Players Championship 2020 will be played in TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida,
Since 1982 Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass has become the home of Players. PGA Tour headquarters also located here.
The following are the details of TPC at Sawgrass and its history.
Location of Tournament Players Club
It is located in Pontre Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S., which has two different courses. The name of those courses is the Stadium Course and the Valley Course. The course was built on a mile west of the Atlantic Ocean, Ponte Vedra Beach’s Sawgrass development.
Tournament Players Club is also known as TPC, in short, was established in 1980. Renowned golf course architect Pete and Alice Dye designed TPC. The area of this golf course is 415 acres. This golf course was built to play the Players Championship from 1981. But, the severe weather at that time delay the construction, and the tournament started in 1982.
1994 US Amateur tournament was also played here.
The Island Green
The 17th hole of TPC is the heart of this golf course. It is surrounded by water, and the hole consists of 78-foot green grasses and a small bunker in front of the hole. Playing on this hole is tricky as the wind makes the ball curve. As a result, most of the shots couldn’t make the green and fall in the water.
Statistics show that each year more than a hundred thousand balls are retrieved from the water around the hole. Because of the shape and nature of the hole, it is called ‘Island Green.’ The fun part is that the island design came in a designer’s mind by accident. Originally it was designed like a pure par-3 green and surrounded by a lake.
Alice Dye suggested this hole to Pete because of the sand around the hole. After that, they executed the plan and made one of the signature holes in golf history.
TPC has two courses, the Stadium Course and the Valley Course. Pete Dye, Alice Dye, designed a stadium Course. It has 7,189 yards with 72 Par. The Players Championship takes place in Stadium Course. It was created in a way that no particular playing style or player can play easily here.
Dye’s valley was designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed, with Jerry Pate. It is considered as The Players Stadium Course’s sister track, which was opened in 1987. Dye’s valley was ranked No. 21 in Golfweek’s 2017-18 rankings.
Challenging Features of TPC
TPC at Sawgrass is known as one of the most challenging and tough golf course in the world. It comprised of many challenging features.
- It has a narrow fairway that is lined with waste bunkers and hazards.
- Consists of deep pot bunkers, dozens of them are there. Those bunkers are placed strategically, that players fall in the trap and misplace the shot.
- Planted plenty of tall palm trees to obstruct
- Lightning-fast greens which are rock-hard
As we already know, Tournament Players Club is the toughest golf course in the world. So, watching the Players Championship will be a thrilling one. Getting in TPC is not expensive. Everyone can watch the championship through buying Players 2020 tickets.