PGA Championship

Valhalla Golf Club



TPC Sawgrass: Stadium

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Public

Overview

TPC’s stadium concept was the idea of then-PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman. The 1980 design was pure Pete Dye, who set out to test the world’s best golfers by mixing demands of distance with target golf. Most greens are ringed by random lumps, bumps and hollows, what Dye calls his "grenade attack architecture." His ultimate target hole is the heart-pounding sink-or-swim island green 17th, which offers no bailout, perhaps unfairly in windy Atlantic coast conditions. The 17th has spawned over a hundred imitation island greens in the past 40 years. To make the layout even more exciting during tournament play, Steve Wenzloff of PGA Tour Design Services recently remodeled several holes, most significantly the 12th, which is now a drivable par 4.

About

Holes 18
Length 7275
Slope 155
Price $600
Facility Type Public
Year Opened 1980
Designer Pete & Alice Dye

Awards

100 Greatest
100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Ranked since 1983.
2023-'24 ranking: 41st.
Previous ranking: 52nd.
Highest ranking: 25th, 1985-'86.

100 Greatest Public: Ranked since inaugural edition in 2003.
2023-'24 ranking: 9th.
Previous ranking: 11th.
Highest ranking: Current and 2009-'14.

Best in State: Ranked second, 2011 to current.
Current ranking: Second.

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Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.6

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.7874
Character
7.7899
Challenge
7.9844
Layout Variety
7.8668
Fun
7.3482
Aesthetics
7.6646
Conditioning
7.5615

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