One of the most famous (infamous) holes in all of golf, the 17th at TPC Sawgrass strikes fear into the hearts of all, from the weekend hacker to the touring pro. The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass' THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is iconic because of its island green. It's the course's shortest hole, and one of its most dramatic. Players make plenty of birdies there, but also are one swing away from a round-ruining double-bogey or worse
March's arrival means it is time for the "unofficial 5th Major" on the PGA calendar as the tour depends on TPC Sawgrass for the Players Championship. One of the most hotly contested, and cherished, championships of the year, The Players never fails to deliver excitement. TJ has taken some time to look at the championship and has a few thoughts about what we might expect to build the anticipation and maybe give you that edge you need in your fantasy pools.
5th Hole Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo
145 Yard Par 3
The Caribbean Sea swims adjacent to seven holes at Teeth of the Dog, the iconic centrepiece of the luxurious golf retreat, an hour's drive west of Punta Cana and an hour and a half east of the capital city of Santo Domingo. Dye's 7,471-yard masterpiece, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2021, is surprisingly forgiving off the tee until golfers face off with the sea.
Coastal breezes might feel good at the beach, but they torment the ocean holes, nos. 5-8 and nos. 15-17. Bring a camera and an extra sleeve of balls for the three par 3’s including the 145-yard 5th hole - when the Teeth of the Dog bites, it's the scorecard that feels the pain.
On Thursday October 17 everyone starts to arrive. We have deluxe coaches ready for the groups at both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports and everyone makes their way to Carnoustie to begin the adventure.
The trip has people from all over Canada, from Alberta through to Ontario, and after some of the group grab an extra bonus round on the Budden Course, everyone has the chance to meet each other in the new Carnoustie Club House. The drinks start to flow, the food is great (the seafood chowder got rave reviews) and the noise level goes up as everyone gets to know each other and the laughter starts. After everyone get their welcome gifts, the festivities continue at the Carnoustie hotel bar (where we are all staying) and over the course of the night people start to filter out and get ready the first “planned” golf day.