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Players Championship: Inside TPC Sawgrass' incredible pro-only driving range

Sawgrass' exclusive practice facility is designed with tour pros' needs in mind.
March 15, 2024

For the right price, any golfer can book a tee time at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course. But one section of the annual home of the Players Championship is out of reach for the paying public—a practice facility on the south end of the range open to only card-carrying tour players and contestants in this week's Players, and designed to their precise specifications.

Any shot a player is going to experience on tour they can practice, from short game to putting to full swing, PGA Tour Performance Center instructor Mike Shannon told Golf Digest in 2024.

The range features shots to tucked pins guarded by water, a choice of uphill, downill, and sidehill lies, and green complexes designed to replicate tour specifications.

“The greens were all designed so they slope toward players,” PGA Tour veteran Billy Horschel said. “A lot of ranges you hit a ball and you don’t see where it lands. Here, the way it’s sloped, you can always see the outcome, which is important for us.”

Our exclusive tour below gives you a rare look at what the world’s best players want out of their home practice area, and what it says about their rigorous preparation.