TPC Sawgrass’ Hidden Golf Course
From CSQ Magazine ...
In the shadow of the world-famous Stadium Course, the second layout at TPC Sawgrass offers a perspective all its own.
By the time golfers get to the 16th fairway during their rounds on the famous Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, they will have been challenged physically and psychologically. If they’ve been lucky enough (or skilled enough) to hit quality shots across those first 15 holes, and smart enough to hire a caddie—and smarter still to heed that caddie’s advice—they could be on their way to posting a good score on an extremely difficult layout. But The Players Stadium Course’s final three holes are among the most challenging in all of golf, and a stride down the 16th fairway provides golfers with their first glimpse of TPC Sawgrass’ iconic 17th: a short par 3 played to an island green that is perhaps golf’s most recognizable hole thanks to almost four decades of televised coverage of The Players Championship each spring.
While players will be reminded periodically of that tournament over the Stadium Course’s first 15 holes, their perspective of the course’s concluding trio will be influenced more by the memorable shots they’ve watched hit on those holes over the years than by the topography and design features that characterize the holes themselves