Seaside Course The Deciding Factor

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 22, 2002, 4:00 pm
By Eric N. Schneider
Director of Golf Operations, Sea Island Company

The Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club should prove to be an exciting test for the competitors in the second UBS Warburg Cup. The Tom Fazio redesign, which combined the historic Colt and Allison nine from 1928 with the Joe Lee-designed Marshside, has produced a dramatic links style championship test that is garnering rave reviews from the golfing world.
Seasides setting combines vistas of natural marshes and the Atlantic Ocean creating a visually intimidating links course. The course begins innocuously with a slight dogleg left par 4 measuring 410 yards. The golf course rapidly intensifies with holes 2 through 5 providing stern tests early in the round. These four holes present challenge and drama and could set the tome for any of the matches during the Warburg Cup.
Hole No. 2 demands a precise tee shot over the marsh to a fairway with water lurking right and marsh left. The second shot is difficult to get close, especially to a back pin placement.

Hole No. 4 at SeasideHole No. 4 is perhaps the most difficult hole on the course. The 415-yard par 4 demands a solid tee shot avoiding the marsh left and water right. A mid-iron second shot to a green nestled over the marsh and fronted by a gaping bunker make this hole a challenge. The undulating green is surrounded on three sides by closely mown chipping swales which carom a misplayed shot further from the hole and present multiple options in playing a recovery shot. These chipping swales are a predominant feature on most holes on the course, and the mastery of these challenging undulating swales may be the key to a victory in many matches.
Hole No. 5 completes the tough opening stretch on the front nine with a 90-degree dogleg that tempts the player to bite off as much as he dares. The swirling winds and angled fairway make the tee shot on the fifth among the most difficult on the course.
The back nine of Seaside follows closely the original routing historically created by Colt and Allison in the 1920s. Holes 10 and 11 move boldly through windswept dunes with dramatic large bunkers strategically placed guarding the landing areas and greens. Both holes are visually intimidating and demand precise tee shots and irons to successfully manage the holes.
Most matches are going to be won or lost by the side that best manages holes 13-16. This stretch of holes provides some of the most intriguing shots on the course. Hole No. 13 is the most frequently photographed hole in Seaside. This dramatic par-4 plays to a dramatic backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and is bordered by a tidal river to the left. Large bunkers emanate from the dunes that seem to swallow any ball hit off line guard the right. The elevated green is fronted by a large deep bunker making a precise iron a requisite for any chance at birdie.
Hole No. 14, at 445 yards, requires a long drive across the marsh and a precise mid- to long iron to a green guarded left and long by the marsh. This hole will challenge every player in the field.

Hole No. 16 at SeasideHole No. 16 will most likely be the most pivotal hole in most matches. The 410 yard par 4 challenges the player to bite off as much as he can off the tee as the fairway angles from right to left across tidal creek. The narrow green is much more receptive to a short iron than a mid-iron, so a bold line off the tee is crucial.
Any match making its way to hole 18 will find a long, tough finishing hole facing them. The 470 yard par 4 is made longer by an elevated landing area off the tee and a fronting prevailing wind off of St. Simons Sound. Two large bunkers fronting the green make this a great finishing hole.
The Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club will provide an excellent venue for the competitors in the UBS Warburg Cup. The dramatic setting, breathtaking natural beauty, challenging course routing, and the classic historical significance of Sea Island will make this event one to remember.

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Tiger Woods teed off at 12:15PM ET alongside Justin Rose for Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.

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Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”

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Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.

In fact, she named her “Mona.”

For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

And that has her excited about this year.

Well, that and having a healthy back again.

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“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.

She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.