Where to play golf around TPC Sawgrass

By Mike BaileyMay 12, 2011, 4:20 am

It may not be a major, but The Players Championship certainly has that feel, which is probably one of the reasons that Pete Dye's Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville is in such high demand when the tour is not in town.

The beauty of the TPC at Sawgrass, of course, is that anyone can play it. Though it can be a little pricey (upwards of $300 in peak season), it is attainable, and like other high profile courses that have hosted major events, we know all the holes from watching it year to year -- and that makes the appeal that much stronger. Everyone wants to see how they'll do on the famous 17th island green as well as many of the other famous holes down the stretch.

But there is another course at the TPC Sawgrass, and it's a pretty good second choice. Recently renovated, the Valley Course, also a Dye creation, hosts a Nationwide Tour event in the fall, and many locals prefer it over its more famous sibling, citing its playability, variety of holes and much cheaper green fees.  

There are other worthwhile plays nearby as well. Just down the road in St. Augustine, visitors can not only check out the World Golf Hall of Fame, but they can also stay at the World Golf Village and play the golf courses there -- the Slammer & Squire Course, and the King & Bear Course. Anybody who knows anything about golf knows the courses were named for Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen, and Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, which is reason enough to check them out. These are enjoyable resort courses that are always in great shape, and atmosphere here just screams golf.

Also consider Queens Harbour Yacht and Golf Club, which is built around a freshwater yacht basin connected to the Intracoastal waterway. Designed by Mark McCumber, the course is routed through marshes and graced by majestic live oaks dripping with Spanish moss.  

Windsor Parke Golf Club is a notable Arthur Hills design located near Jacksonville Beach and minutes from the airport. Just up the road from the World Golf Village is Cimarrone Golf Club, designed by David Postlethwait. And finally, one more choice to consider is the Ponte Vedra Beach and Country Club at Sawgrass. Not to be confused with the TPC, Ponte Vedra Beach and C.C. at Sawgrass is a reasonably priced, Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-designed par 70 that players of all levels can enjoy.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.