PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Something happened Sunday on the 17th hole at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass that you won't ever see during The Players Championship.
A group during the first round of the Golf Channel Amateur Tour National Championship was on the tee when a helicopter landed on top of a hill left of the hole. A couple stepped out of the helicopter and a golf cart was there to take them and their clubs to the practice range.
It was a wealthy Irish couple who simply wanted to play the Stadium Course in the afternoon before returning home to Ireland.
The TPC facility has a helipad behind the property but it was not available for use because there are piles of sand on it right now. The 17th hole seems like a better option anyway.