The St Jude Classic - TPC Southwind course preview

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This week the PGA Tour returns to TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn., for the St. Jude Classic. Eleven inches of rain in the month of May, plus temperatures a tad cooler than usual, made for a slow start for the bermudagrass, but GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent Jim Thomas says everything is growing now and that the greens are perfect.
 
A great field is expected this week, being the tour event before the U.S. Open, and a lush layout awaits. The course dried out and firmed up over the weekend and while the bermudagrass rough may be thicker than in the past, at only 2 inches high, Thomas says it still should provide multiple options for playing out of.
 
The par-3, No. 11 is considered to be a smaller version of the famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, but with its own uniqueness. The 165-yard hole requires a short iron over water to a small island green. Prior to being a golf course, the property was a dairy farm with two grain silos and a windmill, which still exist on the property.
 
Thomas is a GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards winner and he achieved Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary certification at TPC Southwind.
 

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Zoysiagrass, 0.350'
Fairways - Zoysiagrass, 0.425'
Greens - Bermudagrass, 0.130'
Rough - Bermudagrass, 2.5'

weather

Weather: Scattered thunderstorms all weekend with the highest chance of rain on Saturday with 60%.

yardage

Yardage: 7244. Par 70. 75.9/138.

signature hole

Fun fact: The par 3, No. 11 is considered to be a smaller version of the famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, but with its own uniqueness.