TPC River Highlands drains very well, and there were no deluges, so DeGrandi’s tournament preparations have been largely unaffected. The 4-inch Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass/fine fescue rough will be much denser, but the bentgrass greens will be at 10.5 on the stimpmeter, as planned.
DeGrandi has won multiple GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards at TPC River Highlands, which is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
He points to the last four holes as the key to each round. No. 15 is a short par 4, No. 16 is a par 3 over water, No. 17 goes along water then over water to the green, and with the huge stadium behind 18, it is a very exciting finish on Sunday.
Weather: Low 70s with 30% chance of rain Thursday and Friday. Temperatures increase for the weekend, as does the chance of thunderstorms.
Yardage: 6,820 yards, par 70
Fun fact: The TPC River Highlands is second only to the TPC Scottsdale for most spectators at a PGA Tour event.