Blow up hole


When officials from the PGA Tour struggled to have the Stadium Course ready for the Players Championship last year, Tim Finchem the commissioner suggested a number of changes, which included redesigning some of the greens that would aid in agronomic issues down the road.

However, a number of sources confirmed during the past week that changed might be even more sweeping than had been originally planned or spoken about.

According to sources, the Tour tentatively plans to lengthen a few holes, including the par-5 second as well as the par-4 sixth. The idea is to put the driver into play on those holes.

The most dramatic of the changes the Tour as well as Pete Dye the course architect are considering is a huge makeover for No. 12, a par-4.

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At only 350 yards, No. 12 has been historically one of the easiest holes on the Stadium Course. The small green and green mounds along the left side of the fairway were created to force a blind second shot to the green. The makeover would make the hole drivable by eliminating the mounds, making a new water hazard and repositioning the small green. The hole would play between 270 and 330 yards.

Sources said that a couple of Tour professionals were consulted about this possible makeover project and their reception was lukewarm.

Billy Horschel a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach who is a regular player at the Stadium Course said that he knows the Tour wants more excitement on the course, but he personally thinks the course it very good already as it is.

He added that he hoped they did not make any stupid changes, as there have been too many golf courses there were good but they changed a few stupid things that did not do anything to enhance the course itself.

In late March, tour officials sent out a memo to players letting them know that a cold and weather winter combined with a product that was misapplied resulted in some greens being described as awful. Five greens were damaged by a number of factors during the winter, which prompted tour officials to notify players.

The tournament was played this past weekend with Rickie Fowler winning in a playoff over Kevin Kisner and Sergio Garcia.

No official word has been released as to when the course changes will take place.

Blow up hole