Driveable par 4 among changes coming to Sawgrass

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Changes are coming to the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.

Following the completion of the 2016 Players Championship in mid-May, the iconic course is slated to close for six months to undergo several changes, the most significant being a redesign of the par-4 12th hole, making it driveable. The 12th hole's official new yardage is still unknown, but it is already the shortest par 4 on the course at 358 yards.

"The redesigned 12th hole will add an element of excitement early on the back nine which we expect will be well-received by contestants, spectators and television viewers around the world," said Andy Pazder, PGA Tour Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations.

Other changes coming to Stadium Course include:

 Resurfacing the greens with TifEagle Bermudagrass and making slight modifications to certain areas of the greens on Nos. 1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13 and 14 to counteract wear and tear from everyday play and add, in some cases, a new hole location to further reduce wear on the greens.

 Extensive work on the practice facility, including an expansion of the hitting space on the professionals’ back tee and a significant redesign of the floor of the range to add pitching targets to improve visualization and create an improved practice environment. In addition to expansion of the tee deck, the work on the back of the range includes conversion of the existing building to a player lounge and the addition of a trellis patio area with seating.

Aside from the changes to the course and practice facility, there will also be improvements made to the entry ways of the property that should make the experience better for everyone involved in the event. The redesigned Stadium Course will make its tournament debut at the 2017 Players.