Play TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course and then enjoy Nineteen!

With Stokes just starting our round on the 10th tee.

With Stokes just starting our round on the 10th tee.

TPC Sawgrass, the Home of THE PLAYERS Championship. While it is easier to play without thousands of people outside the rope line, the Stadium Course is a very difficult golf course to score on. My recommendation is to bring a friend and play a friendly gentleman’s match. That way the score doesn’t matter, a triple bogey is like a bogey back home, and each hole begins anew stroke wise. My golfing buddy Stokes and I did just that and we both had our fun though on separate nines. He started hot and had me four down after four holes making a sensational birdie on the par-5 11th hole (we started on No. 10). Though, as the video shows, I started to mount a comeback with a birdie on the par-5 16th hole. Down three at the turn, our fortunes reversed and I won the match 2-Up with a birdie on the par-5 9th. It really didn’t matter who won, we headed to Nineteen to talk about the fun experience, PLAYERS history (the Clubhouse is a near museum of anything and everything TPC Sawgrass and PGA TOUR, including a President’s Cup library), and hang out with like minded people from around the world who come to play the iconic island green on the par-3 17th. Stokes flushed one there (meaning good shot) while I really did flush one in the water. I am excited to play the newly restored (with minor tweaks) Dye’s Valley Course after the Championship in mid September. Where is this summer going?

CLICK here for a brief video recap of our fun time on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.


2Playing Stadium w my golfing buddy Stokes, looks like a little practice range renovation is in progress.   (Facebook Post with 2 pics, Andy Reistetter, 6/4/13)